Events, Music, Southern Folklife Collection, Special Collections

Daytime Concert Series to Bring Southern Music to Campus

Photo collage of musiciansBlues, bluegrass, funk, and the stories of legendary Southern music will be the focus of a concert series at UNC this fall. The performances occur in connection with the history class “Southern Music” taught by UNC professor Bill Ferris.

The hour-long daytime performances will each begin at 11 a.m. All are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Blues artist Bobby Rush will bring his self-named “folk funk” to the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in the Wilson Special Collections Library. Rush’s distinctive style blends R&B, soul, and funk.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Tommy Edwards, lead singer and guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, will perform in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Special Collections Library. Edwards was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist and has played and recorded with many bluegrass greats.

Thursday, Nov. 8

Conga and percussion player Alfred “Uganda” Roberts will perform New Orleans funk alongside John “Jojo” Hermann in Hill Hall 107.

The concert series is sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library, the Center for the Study of the American South, the College of Arts & Sciences and the departments of history and American studies.

For concert information, contact Steve Weiss, curator of the Southern Folklife Collection: (919) 962-7105.

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