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Chan's, 267 Main Street, Woonsocket, RI , 02895

World renown Baton Rouge, Louisiana musician is a multi-Grammy Award Winner, has sold more than 10 million records.
Starred in TV series TREME, had his acting debut in movie O Brother Where Art Thou? - (The soundtrack reached number
1 on the Billboard Charts and has since sold ten million copies) and co-starred in the Oscar winning movie Ray about the life and times of the legendary Ray Charles with whom King recorded the score for the soundtracks

2016 Biography
Born in 1962, guitarist Chris Thomas King became the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century when he was discovered in Louisiana in 1985 by a folklorist from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D. C. He was introduced to the world the following year by venerable folk label Arhoolie Records as an authentic folk blues successor to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt and Manse Lipscomb.

As the darling of blues purists and aficionados, and the last great hope of the waning folk blues revival, which began during the 1960s folk movement, Chris Thomas King shocked the music world in the early ‘90s when he abandoned all pretenses of primitivism and embraced hip hop modernity and digital aesthetics, turning the blues world upside down.
 
The Blues Mafia — a consortium of folklorists, record collectors, and researchers; white self-appointed arbiters of black musical authenticity who ironically had a cartel on the lucrative new market of white rock fans interested in its musical roots — felt betrayed by King. They denounced him in the music press as a heretic, banning the young rebel from festivals and theaters across the United States.

 Unbowed, King moved to Europe in 1993 and went on to write and produced a series of ground breaking recordings including “21st Century Blues” and “My Pain Your Pleasure,” which boldly challenged the ostensible primitivism ideology of “authenticity” as either naive romanticism or an outright bigoted appropriation of his culture. The French, having a penchant for recognizing gifted unsung black American artists, were enthralled by King’s subversive bohemian stance. He was lauded a genius for his transcendent folk art, which he coined twenty-first-century blues. 

Celebrated as an expatriate artist, yet alienated from his culture back home, and seemingly destined for obscurity in his own country, King decided to return to New Orleans in 1996 to contend for the soul of the blues. But he found it difficult to re-enter the traditional American market, from which he had been exiled.
 
Nevertheless, as fate would have it, King was chosen by the Coen brothers to play the role of itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson along side George Clooney in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).” Larger than life on the silver screen, Chris Thomas King, acoustic guitar in hand, captivated audiences the world over, silencing his critics. His authenticity as a folk blues artist, by any measure, proved to be undeniable. A star of stage and screen was born. New fans the world over packed sold out theaters and art centers to immerse themselves in his illuminating melodious glow. King sold millions of records and won numerous awards, superseding the success of his folk blues predecessors.
 
King’s major contributions to the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” phenomenon, along with its follow up album and tour, “Down From The Mountain,” has inspired a new generation of musicians such as, Hozier, Mumford & Sons, and the Lumineers. His songs “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” and “John Law Burned Down the Liqour Sto,’” to name a few, have been covered by numerous artists including legend Buddy Guy.
 
Thirty years after becoming the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century, Chris Thomas King, whose career is a coda for the folk blues revival of the ‘60s, is today, one of the most important artists in the world for having changed the way we think of blues.
 
In a newly written song King sings a remarkable refrain that goes, “The blues was born in, Louisiana, not Mississippi, or Texarkana,” about the ostensible fallacy that it originated in the Delta. He then goes on to state unequivocally in the following verse, “Down in New Orleans” is “where the blues was born. You can still hear the sound of, Buddy Bolden’s horn.” Thankfully, also in New Orleans, we can still hear the enlightened art of Chris Thomas King.

Benjamin Henderson Organ Recital

Friday, Jun. 2, 2017, 7:00 pm

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St James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal St, New London, CT , 06320

Benjamin Henderson will present a recital on the organ at St James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal St, New London. Sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Free admission; donations accepted.

A Concert in the Park

Sunday, Jun. 4, 2017, 4:00 pm
A Concert in the Park;

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Main Street Park, Main Street, Essex, CT , 06426

Bring your blanket, lawn chair, and picnic basket and enjoy an entertaining concert presented by the Community Music School on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 from 4-6 pm at the Main Street Park Gazebo in Essex. Three CMS student groups will be performing, including the New Horizons Band, New Horizons Brass Ensemble, and the CMS Jazz Ensemble. Featured pieces include jazz and folk standards, Broadway tunes, and music from the American Songbook. The rain location is St. John’s Episcopal Church located at Main and Cross Streets in Essex. The concert will be free of charge and open to the public.

North Stonington Historical Society Inaugurates Federal-era Forte-piano;

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Wheeler Library, 101 Main Street, North Stonington, CT , 06359

North Stonington, CT – North Stonington Historical Society’s Artistic Director Aymeric Dupré la Tour will play a Federal-era square forte-piano built by George P. Astor and Company of London, newly restored to performance condition by Zuckermann Harpsichords International of Stonington. Dupré la Tour will be performing works, all published from 1773 to 1794, by composers Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Friedrich August Baumbach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Muzio Clementi, Joseph Haydn, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Baumbach’s rarely-performed Lafayette’s Dream, (pub.1794), is a work of fascinating historical interest which musically paints a fantasy of Lafayette’s depressed state while in an Austro-Prussian prison (1792-7). The dream continues with the Marquis’ vision of America’s “angel of Freedom” and a striking premonition of his acclaimed return (1824-5) to “this fortunate island” of America, “so dear to his heart.” It is to be noted that the society’s parlor displays two china plates commemorating this actual event.
A reception will follow the concert at the Wheeler Library.
Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $20 per person.
Call (860) 599-3608 or (860) 245-5322.
Order on-line at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2963970

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