Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30Concert (online): Dom Flemons and Daryl Davis
Dom Flemons and Daryl Davis are a couple of folks who will entertain you and expand your knowledge of the music of the Black communities of America, while providing insights into how the music not only relates to African-American history and culture, but becomes a tool for bridging the social and racial gaps that ought not to divide us.
Dom Flemons has branded himself with the moniker “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of early American popular music. He is a music scholar, historian, and record collector, as well as a multi-instrumentalist who plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones. He’s a Grammy award winner, a two-time Emmy nominee, and a 2020 United States Artists Fellow. Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and lived in the Washington, D.C. area for a while before the pandemic struck, although he now lives in Chicago.
Dom is known for his work researching and bringing to life the historic music of Black Americans beyond the surface that everyone knows, co-founding the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and working with resources ranging from the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution to many treasured repositories and source performers of music and culture across the United States.
Daryl Davis is an international recording artist, actor and leader of The Daryl Davis Band. He is considered to be one of the greatest Blues & Boogie Woogie and Rock’n’Roll pianists of all time, having played with the Legendary Blues Band (formerly the Muddy Waters band) and Chuck Berry. Originally from Chicago, the “Electric Blues Capital of the World,” he now resides in the Washington, DC area.
Beyond his musical and performance skills, Daryl is the kind of person who can make friends with the most unlikely folks--people you’d assume were adversaries. He met members of the Ku Klux Klan, sometimes on their own turf, and forged lasting friendships that transcended race and politics. He recounts these experiences in his acclaimed book, Klan-Destine Relationships and his documentary Accidental Courtesy. For his pioneering work in race relations, Daryl has received many awards for his bridge-building accomplishments.
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General information on the 2020/2021 Sunday evening concert series is on the Concerts page.