Free Concert to Highlight “Wake Forest Unplugged” Sept. 6

Lakota John & Kin will headline the sixth annual “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” on Sunday, Sept. 6. The free concert gets underway at 5 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Lakota John & Kin offer a blend of ancient Native American harmonies and traditional blues. Lakota John is joined by Mama Tonya, Papa John and Sister Layla. ​They released their self-titled debut album near the end of 2013 on the Music Maker label, and this year, they are nominated for a Native American Music Award in the Best Blues Recording category. The band’s debut record features their signature blending of traditional styles of the Delta and Piedmont acoustic blues with bottle-neck slide guitar and a mix of Chicago electric blues. Locklear’s unique sound is also sprinkled with a bit of harmonica and influences from his indigenous heritage, including sounds of the Native American flute. 

A proud Lumbee and Oglala Nation family of talented musicians, Lakota John & Kin are based out of Robeson County, North Carolina. Lakota John, at just 18 years old, is a master guitarist with a voice that sounds beyond his years. He grew up listening to his dad’s music collection, and he picked up the harmonica at the age of seven and the guitar at the age of nine. A year later, he bought himself a glass slide and picked up the slide guitar. At 14, he released his solo album Old Bluez, That’z Newz to Me.

Area residents are encouraged to bring a picnic, leashed pets, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music. Food will also be available to purchase on-site. Concert-goers are reminded that alcoholic beverages, smoking and unleashed pets are prohibited at Joyner Park.

Prior to the concert the Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board will provide an array of organized games and activities as part of “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected.” This free, family-friendly event offers Wake Forest-area residents a unique opportunity to “disconnect” from their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices and “reconnect” with their community, friends and family by engaging in healthier, more active pursuits.

The festivities get underway at 4 p.m. in the vicinity of Joyner Park’s Walker Garden. Games will include sack and relay races, corn hole, miniature golf and more. Several food vendors will be also be on hand selling a variety of treats and refreshments.

The Lakota John & Kin performance is presented by PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, and Wake Forest Arts. For more information, contact PineCone at 919-664-8333 or visit

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Weather-related updates will be available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule change. To download the Wake Forest app, visit

For more information about Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected, visit or contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or [email protected].

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