Born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of History, Richmond, VA, Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are on a pilgrimage together - one that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the reality of America started them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, respect, admiration, and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues. The musical and spiritual flower of such immense seeds will be evident to everyone on the weekend of Oct. 1, 2.
The subtitle, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Exactly Right for Exactly the Right Moment, came from a phone call to Rev. Deanna Vandiver from Greg Greenway. Rev. Deanna’s laugh said it all. It was as if the universe wanted this to happen. Reggie and Greg planned a pilgrimage to the Whitney Plantation to witness together the physical reality of slavery. They also wanted to do a concert and a service. Amazingly enough, perfectly spaced around those desired time slots was “Undoing Racism,” an intense program by The Peoples’ Institute for Survival and Beyond. And so the plans were made.
The entire weekend will integrate music and programming on Race, a topic that has been present in Reggie and Greg’s solo projects from the beginning. Reggie is a part of the Living Legacy Project of the UUA, co-leading tours through the hallowed Civil Rights ground of the South. Through his duo, Kim and Reggie Harris, he has been at the center of hundreds of programs on Race and Social Justice. Greg Greenway, one third of Brother Sun, was a part of the planning committee (at Reggie’s request) of Marching in the Arc of Justice, the UU conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Action. He had the honor for two years of having his song, “Rosa Parks,” play when rosaparks.com was opened. Greg sang “What Must Be Done” as Brother Sun before thousands of UUs at the opening service of the Providence, RI GA. Together and individually,Reggie and Greg have brought the issue of Race before audiences all across North America.
What’s left to be said is that these two are remarkable, liberating singers, that they are unfailingly positive, and audiences always leave smiling. So, if you’re expecting an concert of dour Folk Music, you’re in for a disappointment. What you will hear is from all over the musical map. It will be a night to remember for in their heart of hearts they are both entertainers and open hearted pilgrims. Together, we will all experience that our connection is Deeper Than The Skin. We will all feel The Unbearable Lightness of Being Exactly Right for Exactly the Right Moment.
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Sun, Sept 25 PETER ROWAN $50reg/$60VIP FUGITIVE POETS open Where are my bluegrass fans on this one? Peter is a flat-out legend. A legend beyond a legend. So......did I mention he is a legend!!! Hey, I can't say it enough. Peter Rowan kicks butt! Pass the word. This is an expensive show and we still need another 30 reservations to break even. That's the goal......help me make it happen!!
The great SONNY LANDRETH!!
You have been patient, you have played the game and now you will be rewarded. The Red Dragon Listening Room is beyond proud to announce we will be hosting slide guitar great SONNY LANDRETH for one incredible night. The show will take place on Thur, Jan 12 at 8pm and our good buddy ERIC DISANTO will open. This show will sell out. This show will sell out fast. Reg seats are $50, VIP seats are $60 and we have set up a payment link with Brown Paper Tickets. No need to reserve.....just go straight to the ticket site. The first 100 get in......I apologize to everyone else who snoozes. On your mark, get set, go!! sonnylandrethdragon.brownpapertickets.com
BLUEGRASS NEWS:Bluegrass & Olde Tyme acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and Roadside Ditches of Louisiana.
We know that many jammers were adversely affected by the August 2016 FLOOD and continue to struggle with the aftermath. Our instrument-share program is continuing to match pickers with spare instruments. If you are one of those in need of an instrument, let us know.
SUNDAY - free concert at Repentance Park downtown Baton Rouge, 3 pm
Coming SOON- The Claire Lynch Band in concert in BR on Sunday, Nov. 6th. Their agent says this is the final tour for CLB as a group.
Best wishes to all, don't stop the music.
Most Sundays: Sunday Jam in Beau Chene office park 7520 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge. Jamming outdoors under those oaks can start anytime. Most pickers are starting at 2 pm.
"The Claire Lynch Band" will return to Baton Rouge for its final tour appearance on Sunday Nov. 6!! Mark your calendar.
Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n (Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor) P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana) BRbluegrass@aol.com Tel. (225) 387-1600; Text 225.252.2708 Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music . . HARRIS Law Firm - main financial supporter, preparing estate plans and last will and trust documents for the serious bluegrass fan concerned about his family and estate, and the perpetual care of his banjos, mandolins, violins and Martin guitars. Proceeds go to concerts and jams. HarrisLawFirm@aol.com
Gerard Furniture in BR - generous financial supporter, contributing to bringing in guest performers for Jams. Show support by visiting the store and mentioning "bluegrass."
Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n (Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor) P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana) BRbluegrass@aol.com Tel. (225) 387-1600
South Louisiana’s disappearing dancehalls will be highlighted during the 2016 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, which is set for Oct. 13-16 at Girard Park, Lafayette. This annual festival, which started in 1974, traditionally honors a musician who has had a significant impact on Cajun and Creole culture....
"Louisiana Folk, Music and People", was conceived to share the songwriting of Patrick Sylvest and the many wells from which he draws his inspiration. In this first podcast, Patrick Interviews Author, Thomas Ard Sylvest, who also happens to be his 90 year old Dad. Please, give a listen!
TOP ARTISTS OF MARCH 2016 www.folkradio.org Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists Based on 14009 airplays from 141 different DJs
1. Gathering Time 2. David Francey 3. Solas 4. Loretta Lynn 5. Carla Ulbrich 6. Infamous Stringdusters 7. Corin Raymond 7. Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands 9. Eli West 10. Monica Rizzio 11. Kate Campbell 11. Moors And McCumber 13. Willie Nelson 14. Terri Hendrix 15. Denise Jordan Finley 16. Burning Bridget Cleary 16. Victor And Penny 18. Bob Dylan 18. Frank Solivan 18. Goodbye Blue 18. Greg Brown 22. Rebecca Folsom 23. Dori Freeman 23. No Fuss And Feathers 25. Eileen Ivers 25. The Paul McKenna Band 25. Steve Young 28. Honor Finnegan 29. Robert Bobby 30. Robinlee Garber 30. Scott Wolfson And Other Heroes 32. Birds Of Chicago 32. Pete Seeger 34. Tim O'Brien 35. Curtis And Loretta 35. Free The Honey 35. Kathy Kallick 38. Beatles 38. Judy Kass 40. Amy White 40. David Mallett 40. Wren
In my 74 years, this is the first time I have ever asked you or anyone else to join me as a member of a folk and/or advocacy organization.
I am proud to be a Creative Board member and dues paying member of the WoodSongs Front Porch Association (WFPA), a non-profit group that has successfully started a major grassroots push to involve K-12 schools in lesson plans around traditional music and to begin school performer coffee houses both in the school and in community based venues. The $20 (single) and $25 (family and/or band up to 5 members) covers your admission to the two-day gathering to be held at the Museum of Appalachia just north of Knoxville on September 25 and 26, 2015.
I do hope you join and maybe even join me and the other Members of the WFPA's Creative Board as a song farmer at the Gathering.
Northport N.Y. - M.C. Records is thrilled to announce that genre busting singer/songwriter, New Orleans based Dayna Kurtz will perform on the syndicated radio program eTown on May 3. She will share the stage with folk/bluesman Eric Bibb. Scroll down for all of Dayna's tour dates in the U.S. and Europe.
Dayna has always had fans from some of the most amazing songwriters including Bonnie Raitt and duet partner, Nora Jones. Now add Madeleine Peyroux to list. Here's what she said about "Rise And Fall."
It is great to hear an amazing voice but indescribable to hear an amazing soul. Thus this record and Dayna Kurtz are indescribable. I’m grateful for the discovery of a new old friend. - Madeleine Peyroux
Kurtz has achieved such distinctions as being named Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters. Norah Jones (with whom she later recorded a duet) and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, she's performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition, and her singing was featured in a widely seen TV commercial for a prominent American hotel chain.
Les Kerr has a new blog about the musical connection between Nashville and New Orleans. From Louis Armstrong’s collaboration with Jimmie Rodgers to Del McCoury playing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the connection continues at:
"Though it's impossible to pinpoint a particular moment when immigrants began inventing American music, a dramatic turning point surely occurred in 1804, the year a young nation made the Louisiana Purchase. President Thomas Jefferson sought to buy from the French just the city of New Orleans, because of its crucial value as a port. But a cash-strapped Napoleon sold the entire, still-uncharted Louisiana Territory for $15 million — roughly 4 cents an acre. In a single stroke, America became a thrilling, noisy eruption of sound."
I host a local BG / folk/gospel radio show that airs on several country stations on Sunday morning. If you have a recent recording that would reflect this format, please send along. I would be glad to air. Please let me know what song that you are trying to push.
I do this only as a labor of love for this kind of music and to promote local artist.
My name is Rebecca Sharky. I am the GM of Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, LA. I'd like for Cafe Des Amis to be considered as an alternative non-smoking venue to your folk friends. If you have any suggestions, please email me.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BREATHE SECONDHAND SMOKE AT WORK. WHY SHOULD I?
"I have been affected by secondhand smoke. I remember one night I was playing in a club and I went to hit a high note and I almost blacked out on stage. I had to hold the microphone to keep from falling down. There was so much smoke in the place that it had a negative impact on my singing."
Music selections from audio collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Southern Folklife Collection are now being streamed online. Visitors can tune in to channels that feature music in five genres: old-time music; country and bluegrass; folk revival; rhythm, blues, and boogie; and the eclectic “SFC Mix.” The purpose of our radio stream is to make our holdings available for educational use.
When the song of the angel is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among brothers, To make music in the heart.
This website is updated Saturdays, before the Hootenanny Power radio show at 9 pm on WRKF. Please don't wait until Monday or Tuesday after the radio show to send me info on a performance that coming Friday. It definitely won't make the show, and probably won't make the website. tlcaffery at yahoo dot com