Join us at the Center to celebrate a very special issue of Southern Cultures. We’ll enjoy music by Sam Gleaves, readings by Silas House, and a mountain menu by Sherri Castle. Attendance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for food and the issue: click here!
Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Sam’s performances combine traditional Appalachian ballads, dance tunes, original songs, and the stories that surround them. His debut album Ain’t We Brothers has been reviewed by National Public Radio, No Depression, and The Bluegrass Situation. Lee Smith has called the album “courageous as hell and country to the bone.”
Silas House is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright who describes the main goal of his writing as “looking into the lives of rural Americans who so often get overlooked by the media.” He currently serves as the NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College. House writes that “Sam and I are passionate about giving voice to rural people, about place, and about the power of art to empower and transform. Both of us are very concerned with the rural Other, people who have a deep love for these rural places yet don’t fit in there, due to orientation, race, or other issues.”
Guest edited by Elizabeth S.D. Engelhardt, the Appalachia Issue includes Harlan County U.S.A. soundscapes, a break-up with Pearl S. Buck, musings on Dollywood & hillbilly consumerism, interviews with Appalachian “Country Queers,” and lost photos of black Asheville. Click here to subscribe or view the issue at Project Muse.
Atticus Reynolds is a drummer/composer from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His first EP (EMIT) is available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, and his forthcoming album Ventana is a suite of original music inspired by folkloric Latin rhythms that was recorded in Puerto Rico.
Joining Atticus for this show are Kevin Beardsley (bass), Dan Hitchcock (saxophones), Brevan Hampden (congas/percussion), and Ernest Turner (keyboard). The quintet will perform a mix of standards in the Latin jazz idiom as well as some original music.
Alfred Banks has been described as “spitting urban country consciousness,” and Marco Pavé has been called “a millenial Muslim from Memphis.” CSAS is proud to be a stop on the River Kings 2.0 tour, which spans from New Orleans to Brooklyn. Marco conducts workshops around the country on hip-hop and social justice and has delivered a compelling TED talk advocating greater support for the arts. Formerly known as Lyriqs da Lyraciss, Alfred was nominated by OffBeat Magazine as Best Emergent Artist of 2016. Calling all woke folks for this important show!
Join us at the Center for an inspirational evening of poetry and jazz! The University of Mount Olive Jazz Band, directed by Dr. William Ford, will perform classic jazz standards. Discover the essentials of jazz music improvisation and techniques combined with the poetic voice as a jazz instrument.
Poet, essayist, and playwright Lenard D. Moore is Associate Professor of English at the University of Mount Olive. He was the first African American President of the Haiku Society of America. Moore founded the Carolina African American Writers Collective, and was co-founder of Washington Street Writers Group. He received the North Carolina Award for Public Literature in 2014 and his work has been featured in Southern Cultures.
This show is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
The premiere Spring show of the Center’s Music on the Porch series will be a tribute to the soul of the late, great David “Fathead” Newman. While some may not recognize his name, most recognize his sound, made famous by numerous Ray Charles hits from the 1950s and 60s. Connecting in their early twenties, Newman and Charles played together for twelve years. Their recordings from those years have been a major influence on the musical journey of saxophonist Eric Przedpelski, who looks forward to sharing some of Fathead’s favorite songs.
Przedpelski will be joined by Mark Templeton (piano) and Nat Reeves (bass), who have played together since their youth. Templeton enjoyed early success, sharing the stage with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Kenny Garrett. Reeves is one of the most widely respected jazz bassists in history, having toured and recorded with Sonny Stitt, Jackie McLean, Kenny Garrett, Pharaoh Sanders, Pat Metheney, John Scofield, and Curtis Fuller. Joining the group is one the great drummers from the Triangle Area, Jake Buchanan.
Please come out and join us for this historic evening! This show is free and open to the public.