Folk/Blues Greats Take Over Culture Project in January!

True Blues featuring Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Guy Davis, Dirk Powell, and Riley Baugus True Blues will follow the history and culture of the blues and will be hosted by Corey Harris. The night will incorporate live music as well as conversation and stories. Please read about each guest below.

Doors 6:00 pm. Tickets: $20 + fees

Oliver Mtukudzi will perform acoustic folk music with influences from around the world.

Doors 10:00 pm. Tickets: $15 + fees
Shows are presented by Kaplan Music & Entertainment and will be held at Culture Project (45 Bleecker, at Lafayette). Click the links above for ticket information.

Please find more information about Culture Project’s January calendar (including great jazz performances) below, as I’m sure some of your Meetup members will enjoy these performances as well.

Dirk Powell – He has expanded on the deeply rooted sounds of his Appalachian heritage to become one of the preeminent traditional American musicians of his generation. He’s recorded and performed with artists such as Loretta Lynn (playing several instruments on her Grammy-winning release Van Lear Rose), Sting, Jack White, Levon Helm, Jewel, T-Bone Burnett, Ralph Stanley, and Linda Ronstadt. His ability to unite the essence of his culture with modern sensibilities has led to work with many of today’s greatest film directors, including Anthony Minghella, Spike Lee, Ang Lee, Victor Nuñez, Steve James, and Edward Burns.

Riley Baugus - Riley has made his own path, building in-demand instruments and performing at festivals all over the world. He made musical contributions to the Appalshop film, "Thoughts In The Presence of Fear", and to a film by Erika Yeomans; "Grand Gorge: No God But Me". He has worked with the Lonesome Sisters as producer and performer on their recording "Going Home Shoes". Riley collaborated with Laurelyn Dossett and Preston Lane of Triad Stage on theatrical presentations featuring original and traditional southern Appalachian music

Corey Harris – He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and others. In 2003 Harris was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese film, “Feel Like Going Home,” which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern U.S. In 2007, he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship — commonly referred to as a “genius award” — from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Alvin Youngblood Hart – The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray! Known as a "musician's musician," Alvin Youngblood Hart's praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.


Guy Davis – A musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. He has appeared on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” or nationally syndicated radio programs such as Garrison Keillor’s, “A Prairie Home Campanion”, “Mountain Stage” and David Dye’s,“World Café”. He is also an accomplished Boadway actor.

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