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Friday, May 11, 2012

Homegrown Concert Series in DC!

 So you are headed to our nation's capitol this summer--did you know there is a free noontime concert series featuring some of the foremost practitioners of their traditions at the Library of Congress? The American Folklife Center produces the Homegrown Concert Series in the Coolidge Auditorium in the spectacular Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  For many local residents, it is the best kept secret for serious lovers of traditional music.  Give it a try--you will not be disappointed. Here is the line-up for the coming months:

Homegrown poster for 2010 season

Performances - 2012 Homegrown Concert Series
Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

Thursday, June 21, 2012 at noon: Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole - Creole Fiddle Music from Missouri

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at noon: Unukupukupu: Hālau Hula (Hula School) of Hawai'i Community Colllege, Hilo, Hawai'i

Wednesday, July 18 at noon: Ruže Dalmatinke: Traditional Croatian singing from Washington State

Wednesday, August 8 at noon: Patrick Ross and Friends: Traditional Franco-American fiddle music from New Hampshire 

Thursday, August 16 at noon: Robert Safer, Robin Kessinger, and Bobby Taylor: Traditional Flat Pick Guitar and Fiddle music from Kanawha County, West Virginia 

Thursday, August 23 at noon: Singing and Praying Band: Traditional African American acapella gospel music from Delaware and Maryland 

Thursday, September 13 at noon: Los Tres Reyes: Traditional Mexican Bolero Trio from Texas
Wednesday, September 26 at noon: Mariano Gonzalez Ramirez: Traditional Paraguayan Harp ensemble, with guitar, singer, and dancer from Nevada 

--C. Kurt Dewhurst, MSU Museum