New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music
Smithsonian exhibit on American roots music comes to the Landrum Library Aug. 4-Sept. 16 and Lichty Guitars will be a part of the series. Join us on September 11th at 7 PM as Lichty Guitars is the featured guest. Jay will be sharing tales of being a custom guitar and ukulele builder and will perform on a variety of his handcrafted instruments.
What is New Harmonies?
Come and experience the rich sounds of American music through an interactive traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit hosted at the Landrum Library August 4 – September 16.
Known as New Harmonies: Celebrating American American Roots Music, the Landrum showing takes place during library hours and is open to the public without charge. The library can also schedule group tours which take about 45 minutes.
Through a selection of photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics and artist profiles, the exhibit explores the distinct cultural identities of American roots music forms. Blues, country Western, folk, gospel, zydeco, tejano, bluegrass and klezmer are featured.
The term “roots music” refers to all music that has grown out of older folk traditions, evolving over time from Anglo-European, Native American and West African cultures to include diverse immigrant groups, telling a distinctive American story.
This exhibit will reach 12 rural communities in the state when the tour concludes in January 2013.
The Landrum Library was chosen as a host by the Humanities Council SC as part of the Museum on Main Street (MOMS) project, a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The U. S. Congress provides support for MOMS.
Throughout the six weeks of the exhibit, free concerts and lectures on all aspects of American roots music will take place in Landrum.
The complete schedule is posted at infodeport.org and includes a printable schedule. Printed information will be available after July 1 at the Landrum Library.
For more information: Ellen Henderson, 864.895.0908 June 8, 2012
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music – Landrum Library, August 4 – September 16
All events are free and at the Landrum Library unless noted. For outdoor library concerts, bring your lawn chair or blanket. No alcohol is allowed on library property.
August 5 (SU), 3:30 p. m.: Appalachian Stories and Music John Fowler
August 11 (SA), 7 p m. Outdoor concert!: Music and Stories from the Southern Mountains – David Holt
August 12 (SU), 3:30 p.m. Lecture – Cultural Preservation: A Southern Louisiana Case Study – Dr. Tracey Laird
August 16 (TH), 7 p. m., Outdoor concert – Brushfire Stankgrass Trio
August 18 (SA), 7 p. m., concert – Miller and Rowe Consort – Jackson Grove United Methodist Church
August 23 (TH), 7 p m. Outdoor concert – The Trophy Husbands
August 25 (SA), 7 p. m. – New Harmonies Street Dance – Downtown Landrum
August 26 (SU), 3:30 p.m. Lecture/demonstration – Folk Roots of Contemporary Gospel Music – Dr. Warren Carson – Landrum United Methodist Church
August 30 (TH) 7 p m. Outdoor concert! – Music in the Traditions of Southern Appalachia – Gaye and Phil Johnson
September 6 (TH), 7 p m. Outdoor concert – East Tennessee State University Student Pride Band
September 7 (F), 8:30 a.m., Concert East Tennessee State University Student Pride Band – Landrum High School Auditorium
September 8 (SA), 4 p m. A Focus on Folk Hymns in the Shape Note Tradition Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers Landrum United Methodist Church
September 9 (SU), 3:30 p.m. – Roots Music of the South – Gingerthistle
September 11 (T), 7 p.m. Jay Lichty – Carolina guitar builder and musician
September 13 (TH), 7 p. m. Concert – Fire Cracker Jazz Band – Landrum High School Auditorium – Landrum
New Harmonies Sponsors
Jackson Grove United Methodist ! Landrum Friends of the Library ! Landrum United Methodist Church ! Mary F. Kessler Fund/Polk County Community Foundation ! Spartanburg School District One ! Spartanburg County Public Libraries ! The City of Landrum ! The John L. Petty Family/Petty Funeral Home ! The Landrum Area Business Association ! The Susan Patricia Hodge Foundation ! Whitney Blake