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Co-sponsored event: FD200 Kickoff Celebration postponed due to inclement weather

Come help us kick-off a community-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass with an evening of art and song. Visionary artist Tarish Pipkins, aka Jeghetto, will unveil his newest creation, a Frederick Douglass puppet and multimedia performance. Acclaimed gospel singer and scholar Mary D. Williams will celebrate Douglass by singing the story of the African-American experience–from slavery to abolition and beyond.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Special thanks to our co-sponsors: Orange County, the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the Chapel Hill Public Library, and the Chapel Hill chapter of the NAACP.

Music on the Porch: Ryan Cavanaugh & Rex McGee, Thurs, March 22 at 5:30 pm

Our Spring 2018 Music on the Porch season opens with two of the best banjo players in the world. Ryan Cavanaugh gained early fame as a young musician, sharing stages with with traditional greats like Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, and John McEuen. Béla Fleck–to whom Cavanaugh is often compared–has called him “one of the best technical players ever.” Ryan’s latest release, with C Lanzbom of Soulfarm and Deadgrass, is Every Note the Heart Can Play (2017).

Born in Winston-Salem, NC and raised on a family farm near Sauratown Mountain, Rex McGee had early formal training on the piano and fiddle. He learned to play from his father Will, a left-handed fiddler who learned from his father on a fiddle made out of a gourd. Rex enjoys performing in various musical genres: rock with Celtic stars Brynmor, traditional and original folk tunes with contra dance group Footloose, and jazz/folk with vocalist Martha Bassett. He is known by 3-finger style banjo players all over the world as a vanguard innovator on an instrument of humble origins.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: Orquestra GarDel, Thurs, Mar 29 at 5:30 pm

With a dizzying repertoire that includes salsa dura, jazz, and Afro-Cuban-inflected originals, Durham’s Orquesta GarDel is one of the most respected salsa groups in the region. Co-founded in 2006 by UNC ethnomusicology professor David Garcia, the group boasts a dynamic roster that connects Latino/a performers with musicians from various cultural backgrounds.

Completamente multinacional, pero con un sabor especial de Carolina del Norte, Orquesta GarDel emociona al público con una experiencia enérgica de música de baile latina. La gran orquesta de trece miembros reproduce el formato clásico de un conjunto Nuyorican de salsa dura repleto de metales, percusión y coros, con en sus propios arreglos de canciones de los grandes artistas de salsa, cumbia y merengue. 

Bring a picnic blanket (or your dancing shoes) and stay for a while! This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, the Carolina Hispanic Association and the Latina/o Studies Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Co-sponsored event: Alice Gerrard, Ruth Perry & Friends at Nightlight, Fri, Nov 17 at 8:00 pm

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.

Co-sponsored Event: Harvest Moon Celebration, Thurs, Oct 5 at 6:00 pm