SHILOH, Tenn. – Shiloh National Military Park again presents a free summer music concert series on the battlefield beginning 5:30 p.m. May 27 with a free Civil War music concert featuring Steve and Lisa Ball, and the Eighth Regiment Brass Band performing 6:45 p.m. on the park Visitor Center lawn.
Steve Ball hails from Columbus, Ohio, and has devoted the last 20 years of study to Civil War music. He has performed across the Midwest playing at living history events, symposiums, Civil War roundtables, re-enactments, and other historical venues. Ball has released two CDs and is currently working on a new CD devoted to the music of Stephen Foster. He also collects vintage instruments, mostly guitars, the earliest being an 1845 Martin acoustic guitar. His show includes songs from the 1850s that would be important regarding the climate of the country before the war began in 1861. For this performance, Ball will be joined by his wife Lisa, who plays upright bass and sings harmonies.
The Eighth Regiment Brass Band celebrates their 30th year as a touring and recording Civil War band. Formed in 1986, in Rome, Georgia, “The 8th” represents a modern counterpart to the band of the Eighth Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, who served in the Confederate Army from First Manassas to Appomattox. “The 8th” also portrays the band of the 8th New York National Guard in Union blue, to better present, as they say, “a living museum of 19th century emotions” in music. The Eighth Regiment Brass Band has performed live on Good Morning America and National Public Radio, as well as several Great American Brass Band Festivals, many National Parks, and the final interment of HL Hunley crew in 2004. They have also provided soundtrack music for made-for-TV movies and documentaries.
In addition to music, there is a Junior Ranger booth with activities for the kids starting noon and running through the performance.
Shiloh presents Civil War artillery firing demonstrations 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
All the events are free and open to the public.
Visitors are invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to the concert.
For more information, call the visitor center at 731-689-5696 or visit www.nps.gov/shil.
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