Bobby Horton Music of the South

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Capri Theatre Fri, Dec 13, 2019 7:30 PM

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Bobby Horton “Celebration of Alabama” Opens Bicentennial Weekend


Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama 200th Birthday Celebration weekend will open with a special benefit concert with renowned musician and music historian Bobby Horton on Friday, December 13th, at 7:30 PM at Montgomery’s historic Capri Theatre.

Horton, widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities of music from the Civil War period, will paint a musical portrait of life in Alabama from the earliest days of our statehood through the 1850s.

“Music connects us through the centuries. It is how generations tell us who they were, how they lived, and what they believed in, especially in cultures and time periods when many didn’t read or write,” says Horton. “Any time you share stories and songs, you break bread with those who came before. Sharing our history in this way offers a unique connection.”

Tickets are $12 for general seating and $10 for Capri members.

Bobby Horton paints a musical portrait of life in Alabama from the earliest days of our statehood through the 1850s. Music played an important role in helping our founders get through the hard times of frontier life and serves as a testament to the hardiness of the people who settled these lands.

Songs like “Washing Day,” written around the time Alabama became a territory in 1817, illustrates the daily life of mama doing laundry. In “Turkey In The Straw,” animals and livestock were ever present and vital to survival. Explore life in Alabama circa 1817-1850, fireside where mama’s cooking, and in the last of the candlelight, families share stories, sing songs and play music to help pass the time. “Oh Suzannah,” written by Stephen Foster in 1848, had people singing about Alabama from coast-to-coast and around the world.

Music connects us through the centuries. It’s how generations tell us who they were, how they lived, and what they believed in, especially in cultures where a population doesn’t read or write. Anytime you share stories and songs, you break bread with those who came before. Sharing our history in this way offers a unique connection.

The concert Proceeds from this event will support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Alabama-Mississippi Chapter.

The concert is just the start of the weekend-long finale of Alabama’s three-year bicentennial commemoration. Saturday events include a parade and festival of Alabama on the Capitol grounds. Visit alabama200.org for information about the finale celebration and the concert.

Special thanks to Dr. Ed Bridges.