John Cohen & the DownHillStrugglers as well as Blind Boy Paxton will be at The ArtsCenter on Thursday, April 11th at 8:15pm for an unforgettable evening of roots, old-time, and early blues music. Tickets will be $11 in Advance for Friends of The ArtsCenter, $15 General Advance, and $19 Day of Show. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.artscenterlive.org, visit the box office at 300-G East Main St – Carrboro, NC 27510, or call 919.929.2787. The program is sponsored by The National Endowment for The Arts, Black &n Diverse Banjo Roots Concerts, and the Questell Foundation.
“We are thrilled to include this incredible roots music program on April 11th at The ArtsCenter,” says ArtsCenter Executive Director Art Menius. “Since it is in the intimate West End Theatre, only 100 tickets will be available and they are sure to go in no time! The program includes John Cohen, one of the founders of the New Lost City Ramblers who brought this rural music back to audiences starting in the late 1950s. It is not a stretch to say we would not be hearing this brand of great music today without Cohen’s efforts as a musician, photographer, and audio documenter. Playing with John will be the DownHillStugglers, with whom John released an album on Smithsonian-Folkways in May 2012 under the joint name John Cohen & the Dustbusters. Like the New Lost City Ramblers before them, the DownHillStrugglers are city kids absolutely passionate about rural string band music. Their energy and enthusiasm cannot be matched.
“As if John Cohen & the DownHillStrugglers were not enough, we shall also welcome the incredible Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton. The young man from South Central LA, the birthplace of gangsta rap, is utterly consumed with the music of the first third of the 20th Century. Blind Boy Paxton is a living, breathing songster, banjo player, and monster stride piano player who pushes boundaries and plays on our fascination with race and music. Only in his 20s, Paxton is a living, exciting tradition already. He is pure musical genius only at the beginning of his career.”
Programs at The ArtsCenter are supported in part by Brooks Pierce, Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, Giorgios Hospitality Group, The North Carolina Arts Council, The Orange County Arts Commission, Tony Hall and Associates, and Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe.
The ArtsCenter is a non-profit teaching and presenting organization founded in 1974. The largest employer of artists in Orange County, NC, it serves more than 80,000 people annually, through classes, studios, concerts, theatre, spoken word, gallery displays, more than 80 school shows, and more. The ArtsCenter exerts a local economic impact exceeding $3,200,000 which generates the equivalent of 103 full time jobs and $301,000 in state and local tax revenue.