More Than Rhythm: A Black Music Series Featuring Dom Flemons
Friday, June 23, 2023
Galleries and bar open at 6:00 p.m. | Conversation at 7:00 p.m. | Concert at 8:00 p.m.
Dom Flemons — GRAMMY Award winner, two-time EMMY Award nominee, and 2020 United States Artists Fellow — joins us for the series finale of More Than Rhythm: A Black Music Series. Flemons has branded himself with the moniker “The American Songster” since his repertoire covers over a century of early American popular music. In the pre-show conversation, series host Dr. Birgitta Johnson and Flemons discuss his passion for storytelling through old-time music, his experiences with the award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, and his current projects that champion the Black contributions to American folk music.
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Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, music scholar, historian, and record collector. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife, and rhythm bones. Co-founder of the beloved Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons left the group in 2014 to pursue his solo career. In 2018, Flemons released a solo album titled Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys on Smithsonian Folkways and received a nomination for “Best Folk Album” at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. This record is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Presented by the Baker & Baker Foundation. This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. This program is supported by Richland County Government and a Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation.
Photo Credit: Nate Kinard