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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.
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!