Sunday, 19 June 2011


There was a wonderful response from the public when Hoppin' John Stringband performed at Abdulaziz Cultural Centre Mishrif on Thursday, as a part of International Music Festival held by National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters. Today is the last day of Hoppin' John Stringband performance and it will be held at Al Babtain Central Library for Arabic Poetry in Kuwait City, close to Central Bank of Kuwait and Arabian Gulf Road. Al-Babtain Central Library has a beautiful and large auditorium, perfect for holding concerts and can accomodate a large audience.

Alicia Jo Rabins, vocalist and member of the band, told KUNA (Kuwait News Agency),  "This is our first time in Kuwait and this is our first concert ... it's our Kuwait premier and it's actually our Middle East premier."  Alicia expressed her desire to listen to traditional Kuwaiti music, hoped that she would be listening to Kuwaiti music during the course of the festival. The Hoppin' John String-band provided the crowd  with a historical account of each song they played.

Through story and song, Hoppin' John String Band brings alive the experience of the American laborer, farmer and people from all walks of life. This music is made for bringing people together to sing, dance and to celebrate life. Comprised of two fiddles, guitar, ba...njo and bass, this band is sure to bring you to your feet and inspire you to sing along. "This music communicates the joy of being alive," says Alicia Jo Rabins. "It is music for stomping along with, for dancing and clapping. In its stories, American history comes through."  

This public performance, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait and the National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters, is free of charge. No tickets or reservations are required. So, don't miss this wonderful country music performance being held today. Come along and enjoy a lovely evening of country music.

Visit  KUNA link (Kuwait News Agency) for a nice write up on Hoppin' John Stringband

Source : U.S. Embassy Kuwait  Facebook page
Date: Today, June 19
Venue: Al Babtain Central Library for Arabic Poetry (View Map)
Time: 7.30pm to 8.30pm

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