This Friday, Nightlight Bar & Club will host local legend of traditional and folk music Alice Gerrard, performing with Jim Watson and Cliff Hale. Following their performance, singer/ songwriter and MIT Professor Ruth Perry will discuss and perform ballads from the Scottish Enlightenment, together with vocalist Susan Pepper, fiddlers William Ritter and Jon Newlin, and NC heritage award fellow Bobby McMillon.
Tickets are available here and more information is available on this Facebook Event. This event is co-sponsored by Black & Global Banjo Roots, Appalachian State University, Our Town of Boone & Folklife, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Based out of Durham, NC, Violet Bell is an original indie duo striving to create “folk-soul music that sings in your bones.” Lizzy Ross has made a name for herself with stirring original songs and “a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey you’ve ever tasted” (Chicago RedEye). She won FloydFest’s On the Rise contest and has been awarded the Carolina Music Award for best rock female and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. Multi-instrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez (Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, the Durham Symphony Orchestra) elevates the music with violin, guitar, cello, mandolin, and stellar vocal harmonies. You can view and hear a sample of their music here.
This show is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
Join us at the Center as we launch our Fall 2017 art exhibit, featuring story quilts based on the deployed experiences of Native American military veterans. Inspired by oral history interviews with veterans from each of North Carolina’s eight state- and federally-recognized tribes, these quilts are artifacts of lived experience and material culture from the American South. Their stories from World War II through ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan reflect the strength and complications of patriotism, as well as the struggles that sometimes continue after leaving the combat zone.
In addition to comments by Project Director Karen Harley, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian tribe, the opening reception will include performances by Native musicians and excerpts from oral history interviews. This exhibit is made possible with funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The reception is co-sponsored by UNC’s American Indian Center and Department of American Studies.