Mar 7, 2013 12:00am - 1:00pm

Corey Harris Debuts his new CD Fulton Blues at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center


February 5, 2013


On March 7, 2013 Corey Harris will perform with his band Rasta Blues Experience, at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center auditorium at 7 p.m. Prior to the concert he will discuss the research that lead to his development of Fulton Blues, released on January 31, 2013.


FultonBlues,Corey Harris' new collection of both original and classic material, celebrates the timeless sound of traditional blues with fresh, insightful lyrics that paint an unflinching picture of life in the American South, both then and now.  The stories in the fourteen songs on the album range from love, loss, and longing to celebration, tragedy and triumph.  Fulton Blues is rooted in the blues tradition with true story-telling and soulful musicianship.  It is the next step in the nearly twenty-year career of today's most daring and innovative acoustic blues player.


Fultonis a community in Richmond, VAthat is older than the city itself.  From its docks on the James River, the first African captives were marched to the city's slave market to be sold into bondage. This Black town on the east end of the city endured for more than 300 years until its land was seized and the families living there were forcibly evicted in the name of greed masquerading as progress.  


In 2007, Harris was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship – commonly referred to as a “genius award” – from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The annual grant, which recognizes individuals from a wide range of disciplines who show creativity, originality and commitment to continued innovative work, described Harris as an artist who “forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism.” That same year, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from BatesCollegein Lewiston, Maine.


This is the first concert in the newly renovated Jefferson School auditorium, which first opened in 1926. The auditorium’s renovation preserves its original 1926 character; however, it has been updated and is now a purpose-driven state of the art

venue. It is the new homeof the African-AmericanHeritageCenter’s film, lecture, and performing series.


Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 11 and are available on the Heritage Center website They can also be purchased at the African Heritage Center Tuesday – Friday 10 am-12 pm, 233 4th St, NW, 2nd floor.


The concert and lecture are made possible through the generous support of the Blue Moon Fund, Hampton Inn and Suites, and albemarleMagazine.


The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center's (JSAAHC) mission is to honor and preserve the rich heritage and legacy of the African American community of Charlottesville-Albemarle, Virginia and promote a greater appreciation for and understanding of the contributions of peoples of color locally, nationally, and globally.


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