African American Legacy, Heritage Concert continues
CHESTERTOWN — Daryl Davis is set to perform in the final performance of the year in the African American Legacy and Heritage in Jazz, Blues and Gospel concert series.
Davis will bring his boogie woogie style and a message to Sumner Hall at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
According to a news release, Davis is a powerhouse of boogie woogie music, having played with legendary giants such as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Muddy Waters’ Legendary Blues Band and Percy Sledge. He’s also an author and an activist, writing “Klan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan” after years of observing the way that music can encourage dialogue across racial boundaries.
“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,” the release states.
An important part of this history and culture is the legacy of Black America in jazz, gospel and blues. This year, the series will shed light on this body of music by offering a concert series produced for Sumner Hall by retired Mainstay founder and director, Tom McHugh.
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, W.C. Handy awardees, national names and local favorites. In addition to great music by outstanding performers, the hosts will open the floor for questions and discussion at the end of each concert. Join us for this unique celebration of African American culture and history.
There are many members of the community who are unable to purchase a ticket to this series but have either long been an integral part of the African American music scene in the region or who are students and youth who would love to attend, the release states.
As part of Sumner Hall’s commitment to making this series avaiable to the whole community, there are tickets for “Special Guests.” To sponsor one of these community members, purchase a “Sponsor a Special Guest” ticket in addition to your own. Sumner Hall will make sure that ticket goes to a deserving local music fan. “Sponsor a Special Guest” tickets are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.