Join us at the Center for an evening of locally grown Native blues! A proud Lumbee and Oglala Nation family of talented musicians, Lakota John & Kin are based out of Robeson County, NC. At 18 years old, Lakota John is a master guitarist with a voice that sounds beyond his years. He grew up listening to his dad’s music collection, picked up the harmonica at age seven, and added the guitar at age nine. A year later, he bought himself a glass slide and picked up the slide guitar. At 16, he released Lakota John and Kin, his debut record on the Music Maker label. You can sample tracks on ReverbNation and YouTube.
Since the creation of blues music, Native folks have made often-overlooked but meaningful contributions to this southern musical tradition. Charlie Patton, Scrapper Blackwell, Jesse Ed Davis, Elizabeth Cotton, and Jimi Hendrix are among the many great blues and jazz artists that celebrated their Native American heritage. Lakota John & Kin continue this history, fusing traditional tunes with their own rich cultural heritage.
This show is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for awhile!
This fall the Center is honored to showcase a photography collection titled Rostros del Tiempo: Faces of Time. Taken by Charles D. Thompson, Jr., these portraits depict the faces of former Braceros (or sometimes their widows, who stand for them) who once worked in U.S. fields, harvesting crops and providing food for American consumers from 1942-1964. These elderly men and women gather every Sunday in Ciudad Juarez to protest because they still have not received the retirement benefits they earned half a century ago. We are honored to host former Bracero Don Modesto Zurita Estrada as well as professor and community organizer Luis Alfonso Herrera Robles. You can read about the Braceros in Thompson’s new book, Border Odyssey (University of Texas Press, 2015), or view a short film about the Border Odyssey project here.
These photographs represent thousands more ex-Braceros near Ciudad Juarez and elsewhere in Mexico and the U.S., including those not pictured and those already passed on–as well as workers everywhere whose pay has been shortchanged. The event will also feature Luis Del Río and Juanito Laguna performing traditional Latin American rhythms and folk/rock tunes from their forthcoming album, “Inmigrante.” This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Join us at the Love House for one of the hottest jazz acts in the Triangle. The quartet includes bandleader Eric Przedpelski on saxophone, David Klingman on piano, Philip Norris on bass, and Atticus Reynolds on drums. Fresh off a summer concert series in New Jersey, the quartet will celebrate the release of their debut album, Wild Goose Chase.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
This international collaboration features noted guitarists Adriano Viterbini from Rome and Reed Turchi from Memphis. The duo’s exploration of styles and sounds began with an impromptu performance in 2013, and they have since toured and recorded in the U.S. and Italy. The two have a minimalist, dark blues chemistry overflowing with Delta slide and pulsing electric guitar–or, as Mojo Station reports, “Scrapyard consta di otto brani in cui la matrice sonora è data dal Blues nelle sue forme Hill-Country e Delta, a cui si aggiungono elementi di American-Primitive Music ed una spiccata attitudine cinematografica.” You can listen to sample tracks on ReverbNation and Bandcamp.
This event is free and open to the public. Come hungry, because our friends from Baguettaboutit will be here to serve up their amazing locally-sourced sandwiches and sauces. It’s not your average sausage y’all… Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, Florida, Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder.” Backed by Matthew Tonner (guitar), Curtis Seligson (bass, mandolin, dobro) and Alex Shames (percussion), Laney ranges from banjo to ukelele to guitar and harmonica. The band, which has opened for Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts, is releasing a new album this fall. You can listen to sample tracks on ReverbNation, Bandcamp, or Laney’s website.
This show is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!