Mountain Home Idaho Summer Concert Series featuring...
Friday, July 15th 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Carl Miller Park
(Stay for the FREE movie in the Park following the show!)
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join Parks and Recreation and the Mountain Home Arts Council for our first summer concert in the park featuring the steel drum band, Ok2Botay. The concert will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Friday, July 15th, at Carl Miller Park and is free to the public.
OK*2*Botay, which means “okay to dance,” is a junior steel drum band for youth between the grades 6 and 12. They are a remarkable group of young performers. OK2Botay is directed by Ben Legget, who arranges and writes music for the group. They have performed at the World Beat Festival in Salem, Oregon, in Leavenworth, Coeur d Alene and other venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.
OK2Botay has a great music set that gets their audiences dancing. Some of their current favorites are Hava Nagila (Hebrew folk song – totally danceable!), Ob-la-di Ob-la-da (Beatles) and Take On Me (Aha).
The steel pan originated in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the 1930’s. Since the 1880’s, the colonists had tried to suppress and outlaw the rhythmic drums of the African natives, fearing riots and uprising. However, when their drums and Tamboo Bamboo were taken away, the natives simply found other “instruments” to play. These instruments ranged from old car parts, to dust bins, to garbage can lids, and even empty oil barrels (from the U.S. Navy bases on the islands).
In the 1930’s, it was discovered that notes could be produced by denting the oil barrels. Ellie Mannette, a drum maker still active, was one of the first to dish out the pan and tune it to produce several notes. The pans TCSBA bands play today were made by Ellie Mannette. Many pan makers began to experiment and soon large neighborhood groups were formed to play music on the pans. By the late forties, the oil drums had become the instrument of choice and the annual festival of “Carnival” was filled with large performing groups competing as steel bands.
The Summer Concert Series will continue July 22th with the Neckid Rednecks, and will concude July 29 with Come Together. This enjoyable, family event was made possible by local sponsors Shelley Turner – 366 FSS Marketing, Carpet Cleaning, Elmore County Eyecare, Hall, Friedly & Ward, Little Camas Inn, Mountain Home Farmers Market, Idaho Power, and Triple “B” Lawn Care & Handyman Services plus many other local business and individuals. For more information, please visit our website, www.mharts.org, find us on Facebook or call the Arts Council office at 587-3706.