John Brown Groove Shop Band

Be captivated by the John Brown Groove Shop Band, firmly rooted in the heart of funk and rhythm and blues, when they perform in the first concert of the 36th Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Series.

Sat., Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., at First Flight High School.

“Truly a powerhouse ensemble, it features a full horn section, full rhythm section and singers,” said Connaughton.  “You won’t want to miss this exciting 13-piece group with its repertoire that includes music of the ‘70s and ‘80s from bands like Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Gap Band and more.”

John Brown is a Fayetteville, North Carolina native and graduate of UNC-Greensboro School of Music as well as the School of Law at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He is currently a professor and director of the jazz program at Duke, and part-time faculty at both UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State.

As a young boy, John began playing piano and later bass, and performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at thirteen.  As an undergraduate, he performed with the North Carolina Symphony.  He developed a passion for jazz, and has played with such musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Rosemary Clooney and Slide Hampton, and has been nominated for a Grammy.  He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, at major jazz festivals, and in major theater productions, movies, and television.  Get ready to rise up and get your groove on!

Season tickets for seven performances are $120 including sales tax, plus $10 for shipping and handling by TIX, our marketing partner.  Save one third of the cost by purchasing season tickets at  To purchase individual tickets, visit

Individual tickets are $28 (for adults) and $15 (for students under age 17), including NC sales tax.  

Any questions, please email us at  For more general information, visit the Outer Banks Forum on Facebook or go to our website,

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts.  All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.                                                                 


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