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#FD200 Kickoff Celebration, Thurs, Jan 25 at 7:00 pm

pc: Blake Chamberlain ©2013

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 launches a local series of commemorative programs to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth.

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.

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

Music on the Porch: Gabe & Will, Thurs, Sept 28 at 5:30 pm

Will Ridenour has studied the West African harp-lute kora since 1999, touring 28 countries with punk outfit Zegota and dance band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba. Gabriel Pelli brings an indie rock and jazz background from his work with The Old Ceremony and Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Together, Gabe & Will produce a fresh blend of American and West African folk music. Fiddle and guitar join the 21-stringed kora as roots music from two continents collide! You can enjoy a sample of their sound on YouTube. This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: Violet Bell, Thurs, Sept 21 at 5:30 pm

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!