Concert - The Spirituals Project Choir, Music for the Soul: Spirituals and the Blues

Past event

Newman Performing Arts Center, Gates Concert Hall

Music for the Soul: Spirituals and the Blues
Special Guest Artist: Grammy-nominated Guy Davis

For more than 20 years as a songwriter and Blues performer, Grammy nominated performer and songwriter Guy Davis says his blues music is inspired by the southern speech of his grandmother. Though raised in the New York City area, he grew up hearing accounts of life in the rural south from his parents and especially his grandparents, and they made their way into his own stories and songs. Davis taught himself the guitar (never having the patience to take formal lessons) and learned by listening to and watching other musicians. One night on a train from Boston to New York he picked up finger picking from a nine-fingered guitar player. His first exposure to the blues was at a summer camp in Vermont run by Pete Seeger's brother John Seeger, where he learned how to play the five-string banjo.

Free admission.

Complimentary parking in the Newman Center garage one hour prior to the performance (Enter on E. Wesley Ave.)


Tuesday, February 13, 1:00pm
Symposium: The Spirituals and the Blues
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan
Shattuck Hall, Iliff School of Theology
Free admission