Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with today’s GrouponLive deal to see the McIntosh County Shouters at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Thursday, February 9, at 8 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get two general-admission tickets (a $60 value).
- For $50, you get four general-admission tickets (a $120 value).<p>
Commanding a unique page in American folk-music history, the McIntosh County Shouters come from the Bolden/Briar Patch Georgia coastal community but carry on ring-shout rituals that trace their roots to religious ceremonies in West Africa through slave plantations in the south. The National Endowment for the Arts has lauded them with Lifetime Honors, the Kennedy Center has invited them to perform in the capitol, and the Library of Congress has waived their late-book fees for life. During powerful vocal performances in which one can hear the ancestry of modern gospel, a male singer sets each song before the female shouters join in. Dressed in head rags and 18th-century-style dresses, the shouters build a choral refrain while their steps and clapping complement a cadence kept by the beat of a hickory stick on the ground.
The songs’ themes venture into Bible stories, slave narratives, and contemporary topics, such as the loss of Pluto as our solar system’s ninth planet. Artist, folklorist, and professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, Arthur S. Rosenbaum, who has recorded the group’s history in his book Shout Because You’re Free, will introduce the performers and their rich legacy.