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The Blue Ridge Music Center
700 Foothills Rd
Galax, VA 24333
Milepost 213 on
The Blue Ridge Parkway

Music Center Info Call:
(276) 236-5309
Concert Info Call:
(866) 308-2773 x 213
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2017 Hours of Operation:
From May 6 through May 24 the Music Center will be open Thursday through Monday. 10 am - 5 pm.

From May 25 through October 29 the Music Center will be open daily from 10am - 5pm.

The Roots of American Music Museum Exhibit and Mid-Day Mountain Music are FREE and open to the public.

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Dom Flemons

Saturday, October 21st @ 5 PM

$20.00
SOLD OUT!

Early African-American Music Traditions
Concert in indoor theatre.
Only 100 tickets available!
Due to the small size of the theatre,
free tickets for children are not available


Dom Flemmons

Dom Flemons is a Grammy Award winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, to create new sounds that will appeal to wider audiences. 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.

He began his career as a performer in the Arizona music scene, where he produced 25 albums for singer-songwriters and slam poets. In 2005, Flemons co-found the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a Grammy for its 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig. Today, he tours throughout the United States and internationally as “The American Songster.

2016 was a big year for Dom as he performed at Carnegie Hall in a Tribute to LeadBelly, and at the opening ceremonies for the National Musuem of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Plus he released his latest album called Ever Popular Favourites with British Guitar player, Martin Simpson.

Dom’s most recent projects include a new album celebrating the stories and songs of the black cowboys to be to be released through Smithsonian Folkways, and a new podcast called American Songster Radio, produced in conjunction with WUNC North Carolina Public Radio.

A multi-instrumentalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills, in addition to singing. He says that he incorporates his background in percussion to his banjo playing. Dom’s banjo repertoire includes not only clawhammer but also tenor and three-finger styles of playing. He first picked up the instrument when he borrowed a five-string banjo from a friend who had removed the instrument’s fifth string.

Dom says he would like to use the traditional forms of music he has heard and immersed himself in over the years to create new soundscapes that generate interest in old-time folk music. Focusing very much on creating music that is rooted in history but taking a contemporary approach, Dom hopes to reexamine what traditional music can become.

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