Next Stage Arts to host Crocodile River Music

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PUTNEY —A socially-distanced concert featuring African rhythms, history and culture is planned for this weekend.

Next Stage Arts is hosting Crocodile River Music featuring Balla Kouyat from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the field behind The Putney Inn, 57 Putney Landing Road.

Crocodile River Music's members come from Mali, Senegal, Ghana and the United States. The group's musical director, Balla Kouyat , is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellow, performing at the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress and The White House, and has also been a featured performer in Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.

Social distance guidelines

The concert field entrance opens at 5:45 pm. While waiting in the box office line, attendees must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from patrons in front and behind you.

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Face masks must be worn from the car until attendees reach their socially distanced seating "pod" in the field, and also when using the restrooms.

Seating pods are limited to a maximum of six people each. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

Attendees who wish to dance to the music must remain in their pods, and be mindful of seated patrons behind them who want a clear view of the stage.

There will be exit instructions after the concert, and attendees must bring any trash to the cans at the field exit.

Tickets are $15 for standard entry, $22 for "Suite" tickets closer to the stage and can be bought online at: Children under 12 get in for free.


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