Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Celebrate the blues and support the University Libraries at UNCG



Celebrate the blues! That’s the theme of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries annual dinner coming up on March 28, 2012 at the Elliott University Center on the UNCG campus.

That evening, the Friends will welcome William R. Ferris and Lorenzo (Logie) Meachum to the stage for an evening focusing on blues music. Ferris is a widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music and folklore, who has written or edited ten books and created fifteen documentary films. His book Give My Poor Heart Ease:Voices of the Mississippi Blues will be the basis of his presentation and will be featured at the book signing which follows. The former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and now teaching at UNC Chapel Hill, Ferris has conducted thousands of interviews with musicians ranging from the famous (B.B. King) to the unrecognized (Parchman Penitentiary inmates working in the fields).

Meachum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, is a blues musician and storyteller from Greensboro who has performed all over the world. He is especially known for his original work and his improvisational style.

Tickets are available for the entire evening, or for the program only, and go on sale January 10 from the UNCG Box Office at 336-334-4849 or http://www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice. Corporate and table sponsorships for the dinner are available by contacting Barry Miller at 336-256-0112 or Rachel Williams at 336-334-5372.

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