Thursday night comes alive in Havelock

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 04:38 PM.

I’m not sure how old Barbara Blake is, and I suppose in certain circles it would be rude of me to ask.

But as I watched her bounce around — without shoes — her hands rotating quickly as she kept the beat on a glorified washboard she wore as a vest, all I could think about was that this woman had tons of energy, no matter her age.

Blake is one of the multi-talented musicians of the band Unknown Tongues, which performed last week as part of the Havelock Cultural Arts Committee’s Thursday Night Live concert series at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

About 50 people attended the event. Those who didn’t missed an opportunity to hear a unique style of music. Unknown Tongues calls itself a Cajun Zydeco band. It’s a different type of music associated more with Louisiana than Eastern North Carolina.

That didn’t mean it wasn’t appreciated. Those attending the performance tapped their feet to the beat and applauded after each song.

It’s not New Orleans jazz, the music perhaps most associated with Louisiana. It’s more upbeat, as Blake’s bouncing would attest. The music blends a variety of instruments, such as the accordion, pedal steel guitar, violins, acoustic guitar, bass guitar and drums, much the same way Louisiana cooks blend a variety of ingredients into a delicious dish of gumbo.

On the surface, you wonder how it all works together, but the end result proves tasteful and you want to savor each note as your ears swallow it.

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