Crossroads #009 @ SECCA: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Recap
This past weekend, SECCA held its 9th concert in the SECCA Crossroads series, hosting banjo players extraordinaire, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn. The musical duo performed for two sold out shows at the museum, leaving most of us in awe and wanting more.
As my first Crossroads experience, the whole day could not have been more exciting. We started off with a lively music-themed Community Day, where the weather decided to be nice enough for us to be outside. There was an instrument petting zoo so that children could see, feel and hear different string instruments. We had another area with music- and banjo-themed books that parents could read to their children on the rug. Then of course, we had an very fun banjo-making craft project where everyone got to make a banjo and decorate. Even Béla Fleck came down for the fun! (There are more photos from Community Day on our Facebook page.)
As the sun began to set, the auditorium became filled with concert-goers. I had never heard Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn live in concert, and I have to say, if you haven’t had the chance to catch them live, find a way! The two of them are just amazing and not only incredibly talented but also incredibly genuine. One of my favorite parts of the evening was in the first concert–Béla and Abigail’s son was in the audience and at one put he let out a squeal after hearing his dad. Béla played a few notes out to his son and we waited a second, and then out came another big squeal from his son. This happened a couple of times and it produced this very intimate moment between both parents (with beaming eyes) and their child, and it was such an indescribably human moment to be a part of. I think the whole audience could feel the connection across the auditorium between parents and child. It was just so special.
Right, and again, did I mention the talent of these two! There were goosebumps all around, I’m sure, during several songs. Plus Abigail did some songs in Mandarin, which I found particularly beautiful.
I think one of the most rewarding parts of the evening as well, at least for me, was hearing everyone’s reactions coming out of the concerts and hearing how awesome of a time they were all having as well. We love to see all of you here so we can’t wait to bring more concerts to SECCA with the Crossroads series! Crossroads #010 will happen sometime this summer–stay tuned on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information about the show or subscribe to our e-newsletter via our homepage.
Post by: Adrienne Fletcher, Marketing + PR Manager