Concerts

Hubby Jenkins

Friday, September 15th at 7pm

We are sad to announce that Phil Wiggins has cancelled his portion of this performance due to an unexpected and significant situation. Hubby Jenkins will carry the show, and promises to set the stage alight! The Hoppin’ John team wishes Phil all the best, and we will miss him.”

Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Though born and raised in Brooklyn, he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle/banjo, and traditional jazz. As an integral member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and later Rhiannon Giddens’ band, Hubby has performed at festivals and venues around the world, earning himself both Grammy and Americana award nominations.

Special thanks to the Chatham Arts Council and NC Arts Council for helping bring these talented musicians to our neck of the woods! Stop by the Dance Tent earlier in the evening for a Country Blues workshop with Hubby.


Smile-A-While Gang

Saturday, September 16th at 7pm

Old-time Carolina comes to life again in this specially curated concert of traditional stringband, blues, and gospel music that pays tribute to our state’s musical heritage. Lightnin’ Wells and his longtime friends and musical collaborators Wayne and Margaret Martin and Matt Haney have come together as the Smile-A-While Gang for this special show honoring NC musicians whose musical careers spanned most of the 20th century. Some of these folks you might not’ve heard of, like the Cauley Family from Lenoir County, the Tobacco Tags from Gastonia, and Mustard and Gravy from Wilson. Also expect some songs and tunes from legendaries who the band members have performed with such as Algia Mae Hinton, Lauchlin Shaw, and Harvey Ellington and Sam Pridgen of the Swingbillies. Some surprises, too. Come on out and smile a while!
Lightnin’ Wells has traveled the world playing the blues, country, gospel, old-time, bluegrass, and folk music he harvested in eastern North Carolina. He has often showcased elder musicians from this area, including the late blues musicians Algia Mae Hinton, Richard “Big Boy” Henry, and George Higgs. A go-to expert on the region’s sought-after musical traditions, Lightnin’ performs and teaches at top Americana music gatherings while collaborating with European labels on historical recording projects. Lightnin’s longtime friend Wayne Martin learned fiddle and guitar from master traditional musicians of North Carolina and produced recordings of Etta Baker, Joe and Odell Thompson, and Laughlin Shaw and A.C. Overton. Matt Haney is a versatile performer on lap steel, guitar, and fiddle who is equally at home playing bluegrass, country, and Cajun music. An alumna of the N.C. Visiting Artist program, Margaret Martin plays guitar and banjo and sings harmony with the Gang.

Thank you to our WONDERFUL sponsors! We couldn’t do it without these folks:

 

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