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Music on the Porch: River Kings 2.0


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!



JoJo & Uganda, Tues, Nov 3 at 12:00 pm

UgandaJoin us for a special noon concert with keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann (Widespread Panic) and New Orleans percussionist Alfred “Uganda” Roberts (Professor Longhair) in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library. In conversation with folklorist and “Blues Doctor” Bill Ferris, JoJo and Uganda will lead us on a guided tour of New Orleans music and reveal how it helped to shape Widespread Panic’s sound.

Film Screening + Q&A: Getting Back to Abnormal

Join us at the Full Frame Theater in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus for a provocative exploration of Southern race and politics on film, followed by a Q&A with Directors Paul Stekler and Andrew Kolker.

abnormalstillNew Orleans’ long history of political dysfunction and complicated racial dynamics gets a new lease on life when Stacy Head, a polarizing white woman, wins a seat on the city council after the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Four years later, she needs black votes to get reelected. But will her record of blunt racial talk doom her chances? GETTING BACK TO ABNORMAL follows the unlikely odd couple of Head and her irrepressible black political advisor, Barbara Lacen-Keller, as they try to navigate New Orleans’ treacherous political scene. With its cast of only-in-New-Orleans characters, Getting Back to Abnormal is a provocative and amusing look at race in America, set against the backdrop of the city’s rich culture. The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival and was nationally broadcast on the PBS series POV in August 2014. You can view a behind-the-scenes discussion between the producers about portraying New Orleans on film here.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Southern Oral History Program, the Southern Documentary Fund, and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.

New Orleans R&B Performance by Uganda Roberts & Jojo Hermann

Uganda Roberts and Jojo Hermann will make a special appearance in the Pleasants Room of Wilson Library, performing music and answering questions for students in Bill Ferris’s Southern Music seminar. This event is free and open to the public.



Alfred “Uganda” Roberts, a legendary percussionist, has been a part of the New Orleans music scene for over 35 years, including eight years playing with pianist Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair. Roberts now resides in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans and maintains a busy schedule with Groovesect and other local musicians.




Roberts will perform alongside John “Jojo” Hermann. Hermann, born in New York City, discovered New Orleans sound as a teenager. Since 1992, Hermann has played piano and organ for the band Widespread Panic.