African American legacy and heritage in jazz, blues and gospel
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.