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Dom Flemons presents Black Cowboys
Sunday, June 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Join us in the garden for a special, outdoor concert with Dom Flemons – a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. Check out the story from The Kojo Nnamdi Show about Dom – Freight Trains, Cowboys, And The Old Town Road: Dom Flemons On Black Country Music.
Dom Flemons, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes. Flemons considered an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills and rhythm bones. He has performed with leading musicians, such as, Mike Seeger, Joe Thompson, Martin Simpson, Boo Hanks, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis. He has traveled around the nation and the world presenting traditional folk and roots music to diverse audiences. Flemons has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Cecil Sharp House, the Grand Ole Opry, the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Newport Folk Festival and represented the United States at the 2017 Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Malaysia.
After founding the GRAMMY Award-winning group, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons released his first solo album titled “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” on GRAMMY Award-winning record label Smithsonian Folkways. This recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. “Black Cowboys” places the important contributions and participation of African-American, Native American, and Mexican men and women into rightful historical context. The first album of its kind, “Black Cowboys” takes the listener on an illuminating journey “from the trails to the rails” of the Old West. The 18-song set traverses a varied soundscape featuring string blues, old-time square dance music, and cowboy poetry.
This concert is a belated celebration of our annual Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Forum, which takes place at Hill Center in April. Named for the Old Naval Hospital’s first patient, a young African American seaman taken prisoner by Confederate ships, Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration marks 157 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed The District of Columbia Emancipation Act, which freed D.C.’s 3000+ enslaved population.