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Music on the Porch: Whyte Laundry Company, honoring W.C. Handy

To conclude our Spring season of Music on the Porch, Bob Whyte and Laura Jones will lead The Whyte Laundry Company in a tribute to W.C. Handy and his legacy. The Whyte Laundry Company is a banjo, washboard, and gutbucket band which got its start in Connecticut many moons ago, and relocated to Chapel Hill when Whyte was lured to the South to start up a new business. Shortly after he arrived, Bob had the good fortune to meet Laura, a classically trained vocalist whose first love was singing blues and jazz. Together they created a musical comedy show, affectionately titled “Southern Songs By Yankees.”

Performing with Laura and Bob for the first time in North Carolina are Steve Whyte (washboard) and Matt Whyte (gutbucket), who are flying down from NYC to help their Pop put on this show. Steve’s day job is editing video for television and films, but he spends his evenings as an improv performer at Magnet Theater, a storyteller for The Moth, and a professional drummer. Matt is a composer and album producer, who toured Europe and Asia with his previous indie band Earl Greyhound.

W.C. Handy needs no introduction. Early in his blues songwriting career, he was christened “Father of the Blues.” Come out and listen on April 12th, and you’ll understand why.

This event is free and open to the public, and parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place lot, approximately two blocks from the Center.

Music on the Porch: Eric Przedpelski & Friends


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 on drums is one the most respected drummers from the Triangle Area, Jake Buchanan.

Please come out and join us for this historic evening!