African Amer­i­can Legacy, Her­itage Con­cert con­tin­ues

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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.

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