SS Red Oak Victory’s next dinner-concert set for this Saturday

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If simply touring a restored World War II Victory ship wasn’t interesting enough, how about bringing on board a live concert and chef-prepared food? 

The SS Red Oak Victory, Richmond’s foating museum, often hosts live music and food events. Amid its 75th anniversary celebration, the ship will continue to “rock” with Pascal Bokar and his band performing Saturday, Sept. 14, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bokar’s “big band of world class-musicians bring a high-energy blend of contemporary American music with strong West African influences,” according to museum officials.

Earlier in the day, from 2-3:30 p.m., Bokar, a professor at San Francisco State University, will deliver a lecture at the Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Ave. The presentation is entitled, “From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta,” and will exhibit “how African traditions influenced our American musical forms of Jazz, Blues, and Bluegrass.”

The live performance during the evening will include a full dinner featuring, in part, West African dishes prepared by Chef Halihl Guy (the chef’s traditional American foods will also be available). The cost for the evening show and dinner is $50. For both the evening performance and afternoon presentation (when light refreshments will be served), the cost is $60.

Or, for just $25 you can board the Red Oak and enjoy the music along with beer, wine and snacks from the cash bar.

Seniors, veterans, and students of local Richmond residents can attend the concert for just $15 (ID required).

Attending the afternoon lecture is $10.

For more information, including the schedule of events, and to purchase your tickets for Pascal Bokar, click here.

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