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Music Maker Partners with Duke Performances for Piedmont Blues

Piedmont Blues is a live concert presentation led by celebrated jazz pianist / composer / bandleader Gerald Clayton that explores the essence and impact of the Piedmont blues. The project features The Assembly — a nine-piece band band led by Clayton and including vocalist Lizz Wright and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut. The presentation has been conceived and developed by Clayton…

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NEA Grant Sends Music Maker to Kentucky!

More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide Includes $15,000 awarded to Music Maker Relief Foundation Hillsborough, NC —National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $15,000 to…

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Music Maker Blues Revue to Play Skirball Center in LA

About the Program Celebrate the twentieth anniversary season of the Skirball’s annual Sunset Concerts, a series dedicated to drawing music fans from across greater Los Angeles by showcasing both rising stars and musical greats from around the world. The new season once again features an eclectic lineup of artists who tap into traditional roots music for inspiration while forming their…

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The Como Mamas & Dom Flemons To Play Sister Rosetta Tharpe Tribute at the NY Guitar Festival!

Sunday May. 8 2016 8:30 PM Ring The Golden Bells CELEBRATING 101 YEARS OF SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Brookfield Place Winter Garden 230 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281 http://www.artsbrookfield.com/event/newyorkguitarfestival/ Tickets: FREE NYGF ‘16 begins with a Mother’s Day concert in honor of gospel/blues legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of rock & roll. She was America’s first national gospel star, and…

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Spencer Branch Releases Album With Music Maker!

Purchase Spencer Branch Here! Spencer Branch by Spencer Branch Recorded in Whitetop Mountain, Virginia Spencer Branch features siblings Kilby Spencer and Martha Spencer along with North Carolina Native, Kelley Breiding. Their music blends original and traditional songs, drawing from the band’s mountain heritage. With thirteen tracks, the album features Martha and Kelley’s entrancing harmonies backed by their skillful banjo and…

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Watch Robert Finley as Music Maker Relief Foundation Helps Bring His Energy to globalFEST in NYC

Music News | February 16th, 2016 | Brenda Hillegas photo by Tim Duffy Robert Finley plays on the streets in Louisiana where people take photos and give him tips. His music can be best described as “roots soul” which is passionately displayed during his live performances. This guy is a natural and he’s the most recent addition to the Mississippi-based label, Big Legal Mess,…

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NPR’s All Songs Considered features the Music Maker Blues Revue

Our Top Discoveries At globalFEST 2016 By Piotr Orlov & Bob Boilen | January 26, 201611:18 AM ET On Sunday, Jan. 17, globalFEST, one of America’s premiere showcases of musical talent from around the world, once again took over the three stages at Manhattan’s Webster Hall. The one-evening festival has few American rivals in the way it simultaneously expands and…

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Music Maker Blues Revue featured in the NY Times!

Globalfest Showcases the Sounds and Traditions of World Music by Jon Pareles | JAN. 18, 2016 Roots were tangled, elastic and portable at this year’s Globalfest, the annual showcase for world music that started in 2003. With 12 overlapping sets on Sunday night at Webster Hall, Globalfest included dance music, protest songs, tradition, fusion, electronics, shtick, spirituality, camp and the…

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