Events, Music, Southern Folklife Collection

New Orleans R&B Performance Nov. 16

Uganda Roberts (top) and Jojo Hermann

Uganda Roberts and Jojo Hermann
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Noon to 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Information: Steve Weiss, Southern Folklife Collection, (919) 962-1345

Uganda Roberts and Jojo Hermann will make a special appearance in Wilson Library, performing music and answering questions for students in History 571, Southern Music. The public is invited to attend this free event.

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.

The program is sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library; the departments of history, American studies, and music; the Institute for the Arts and Humanities; the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History; and the Center for the Study of the American South.