Vtones

The V Tones will perform a free concert Friday outside the Arts Council of Wayne County building.

The Arts Council of Wayne County is bringing a musical group from Charleston, S.C., to Goldsboro this week.

The V Tones will be in concert Friday at 6 and 7 p.m. outside the Arts Council building at 102 N. John St. Each performance will last 45 minutes.

The concert is free. The group does swing jazz from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, along with vintage country, Hawaiian and more, and has been playing for 20 years.

“This is a different kind of event for us,” said Georgia Dees, Arts Council executive director.

“It started with ukuleles. Our former voice instructor, Bri Worek, teaches ukulele, and occasionally we get a call from someone who wants to learn to play. In my mind, there’s something special about playing the ukulele. You hear that word and you automatically think fun, happy, upbeat.

“So we decided to plan a ukulele-themed day of activities, and we wanted to reach both adults and children. I found five ukuleles on an auction site and bought them for the Arts Council, and that’s how this event came about.”

Dees said she wanted to bring something new to Wayne County audiences, and that’s why she chose the V Tones.

“I’ve wanted to get the V Tones here for years to perform with their ukuleles because I haven’t seen anything like their show in Goldsboro,” she said. “They are talented and creative entertainers. You can tell they have fun performing. They bring a lot of positive energy wherever they go.”

Dees said she wants audience members to leave with a positive feeling about the Arts Council.

“I want them to feel they saw a top-notch performance,” she said. “I want them to look forward to coming back here and bring their friends.”

Dees said the event is free because she wants it to be accessible to everyone.

The V Tones will be the focus that night, but from 10 a.m. to noon that day, the Arts Council will have a two-hour island getaway art camp with Moana (an animated movie character) for ages 6 through 9.

“You know Moana played the ukulele, and we thought the kids could relate to her,” Dees said.

The class is limited to 15 children who will rotate through three different art stations, one of which is ukulele instruction with Worek. The other is a dance instruction with Moana, and finally, a painting session. Cost is $25 per child.

For more information about the art camp or concert, call the Arts Council at 919-736-3300.