New Harmonies – Sept 11th Jay Lichty
American roots music rises out of America’s story, carrying our history and cultural identity in its songs. The music reflects essential American values: freedom, democracy and diversity. It is a connecting force between the immigrant experience and the process of “becoming an American.” Nothing expresses the tensions and triumphs of the immigrant journey like music. – excerpt from the New Harmonies brochure.
Come and experience the rich sounds of American music through the interactive New Harmonies 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.
Jay to Perform Sept 11th at 7PM
The next performer for this highly successful community series will be Jay Lichty on September 11th @ 7PM in the Landrum Library.
Jay will have a variety of Lichty handcrafted guitars and ukuleles on hand. He will be performing both original tunes and his creative renditions of classics while sharing a bit of the Lichty Guitars’ story and the impact that roots music has had on the evolution of our business.
While you are at the Landrum Library plan on visiting the exhibit. It provides a great insight into roots music.
For more information: Ellen Henderson, 864.895.0908