Free American Roots Music events start in Landrum Aug. 5

Published 9:20 am Friday, July 27, 2012

David Holt (photo submitted)

Starting Aug. 5, six weeks of free concerts featuring all types of American music from gospel to jazz will take place in Landrum.
Known as New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, the concert series and an interactive exhibit at the Landrum Library focus on distinct cultural influences on music including county Western, zydeco, bluegrass and protest songs, to name a few.
This celebration, part of Museum on Main Street, is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institute and The Humanities Council. The United States Congress provides funding in an initiative to bring cultural events to rural communities.
The 15 free concerts and lectures are funded by a grant to the Landrum Library, and by sponsorships from local individuals, families, foundations and organizations.
Week One
Aug. 5, 3:30 p.m., Landrum Library.
Appalachian Stories and Music, John Fowler, Co-host of a weekly old-time radio show on WNCW-FM.
Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Outdoor concert, Landrum Library.
Music and Stories from the Southern Mountains, David Holt, Four-time Grammy Award winner, host of Folkways and Riverwalk on public networks.
Those attending this and other outdoor concerts should bring their own seating or blankets.  No alcohol is permitted on library grounds.
Week two
Aug. 12, 3:30 p.m. Lecture, Landrum Library.
Cultural Preservation: A Southern Louisiana Case Study, Dr. Tracey Laird, Cajun and Zydeco music
Aug. 16, 7 p. m., Outdoor concert, Landrum Library.
Brushfire Stankgrass Trio, Modern mountain music.
Aug. 18, 7 p. m., Concert Miller and Rowe Consort, Jackson Grove United Methodist Church.
Classic, original, Celtic, old-time and hymns. Sponsored by the Susan Patricia Hodge Foundation.
The complete schedule is available at the Spartanburg Public Library’s website: or 864-457-2218. The Landrum Library is located at 111 Asbury Drive and is visible from Highway 14.
– article submitted

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