African Amer­i­can le­gacy and her­itage in jazz, blues and gospel

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — Sumner Hall will host a se­ries of con­certs pro­duced by Tom McHugh in cel­e­bra­tion of African Amer­i­can cul­ture and his­tory through the lens of mu­sic.

The se­ries will be­gin Nov. 10 and run through June 1. All per­for­mances will be held at 7 p.m. at Sumner Hall.

“Sumner Hall strives to pro­mote an un­der­stand­ing of the African Amer­i­can ex­pe­ri­ence within the con­text of Amer­i­can his­tory and cul­ture and to serve as a show­case for the African Amer­i­can ex­pe­ri­ence on the East­ern Shore of Mary­land,” a news re­lease states.

“An im­por­tant part of this his­tory and cul­ture is the le­gacy of Black Amer­ica in jazz, gospel and blues. This year we will shed much needed light on this im­mense body of mu­sic by of­fer­ing a con­cert se­ries pro­duced for Sumner Hall by re­tired Main­stay founder and di­rec­tor, Tom McHugh,” the re­lease con­tin­ues.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, McHugh con­tacted his friends who have per­formed at the Main­stay over the years to take the stage at Sumner Hall for this unique se­ries.

The list in­cludes Grammy nom­i­nees, WC Handy awardees, na­tional names and lo­cal fa­vorites. In ad­di­tion to great mu­sic by out­stand­ing per­form­ers, au­di­ence mem­bers will be of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions and dis­cuss at the end of each con­cert.

To learn more, con­tact Tom McHugh, email him at tomm­chugh38@gmail.com.

Tick­ets for the first show are now avail­able at aal­h­con­cert­series. eventbrite.com.

The con­cert sched­ule is as fol­lows:

MSG Acous­tic Blues Trio show­cases the Pied­mont blues on Nov. 10;

Daryl Davis of­fers boo­gie-woo- gie and a mes­sage on Dec. 8.

Philip Dut­ton plays New Or­leans pi­ano on Feb. 9;

Guy Davis is on the road with blues and song­ster ram­blings on March 1;

Ja­son Blythe and the Univer­sity of Delaware Band re-cre­ate the Lester Young Trio on April 13;

Karen Somerville sings Ma­halia, Aretha and more on May 11;

Reg­gie Har­ris wraps it up on June 1.

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