As part of Lenoir-Rhyne University's 2017-18 Concert Series, a performance by Dom Flemons is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Flemons' performance is part of a week-long series of events in support of LRU's Campus Read, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, who will talk about his book on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 pm in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.
World-renown folk musician, singer-songwriter and slam poet Dom Flemons is a Grammy Award winner and multi-instrumentalist, weaving stories and song together, preserving a treasury of American folk music. He tours throughout the United States and internationally as "The American Songster."
In his recent solo album, "Prospect Hill" (2014), Flemons drew from a wide range of styles including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and jug-band music. Last year, Flemons performed at Carnegie Hall for a Tribute to LeadBelly and at the opening ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In October 2016, Flemons released his latest album called "Ever Popular Favourites" with British guitar player, Martin Simpson. Flemons has a new podcast called American Songster Radio and it is in conjunction with WUNC North Carolina Public Radio.
The performance is free and open to public; no tickets or reservations are required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. To learn more, visit lr.edu/public-events or call the LRU Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 828.328.7206. Visit theamericansongster.com to learn more about the artist.
Established in the fall of 2000, the Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University serves the University community and the greater Hickory area by providing opportunities to hear and interact with musical artists. The Concert Series brings musical artists to the University to present concerts and recitals, work with students in the master class setting, lecture to music classes, and provide examples of professional artistry in music.