Shaker Barn Music: Dom Flemons

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Friday, June 16, Doors open 6pm/Show 7pm

Shaker Barn Music: Dom Flemons

Grammy winner Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. A founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, he’s played festivals from Bonnaroo to Grand Ole Oprey. Flemons draws from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, Southern traditional, string band, and jug band music.

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In Its Eighth Year, Kingman Island Festival Focuses on Zero Waste

00061803.JPGArtists say the setting couldn’t get much better. “The natural environment has a transportive element, the way that you want music to be,” says Chris Ousley, guitarist and banjoist for the Sligo Creek Stompers. “It takes you someplace else.”

This year’s headliners are the high-energy Asheville, N.C., string band Town Mountain, D.C.-area powerhouse quartet Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Don Flemons, and Walter Martin, formerly of The Walkmen and now fresh off his third solo studio release. An array of mostly local performers will join them, from soloists like Julie Outrage and Sarah Cortana to ensembles like the Stompers, The Woodshedders and Moose Jaw.

The festival will have five stages: Two main ones, respectively, for bluegrass and more Americana sets, a third called the Fraser Stage, another dubbed the Half-Shell Stage on a dock (think oysters) and a singer-songwriter stage a short walk away to connecting Heritage Island.

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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain String Band, Dom Flemons Darrell Webb Band on Song of the Mountains

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Marion, VA – Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain String Band as well as Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops fame) will headline the Song of the Mountains concert taping on Saturday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm. Also on the show will be the powerful bluegrass picking and singing of the Darrell Webb Band as well and the family harmonies of the group Salt and Light.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain String Band, which has been a stalwart of the park’s award-winning entertainment offerings for nearly 15 years, offers great bluegrass music and a little bit of humor to those who visit the Smoky Mountains’ premier family vacation destination. The band’s stellar lineup includes Ashley Bradley, Jerry Butler, Roger Helton and Kerry Kooch. As soon as these talented musicians hit the stage, audiences understand the passion they have for sharing their gifts. Dollywood guests can enjoy this fabulous foursome through the entire 2017 operating season.

Dom Flemons is a GRAMMY Award winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, to create new sounds that will appeal to wider audiences. In his recent solo album Prospect Hill (2014), Flemons drew from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and  jug-band music. He began his career as a performer in the Arizona music scene, where he produced 25 albums for singer-songwriters and slam poets in Pheonix. In 2005, Flemons co-found the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a Grammy for its 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig. Today, he tours throughout the United States and internationally as “The American Songster.

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Up on the Mountain: Bluegrass Podcast

Dom Flemons is a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and a wonderful preserver of traditional American music. From slam poetry to silent films, Dom finds inspiration in all kinds of interesting things and that’s what makes him a one of a kind musician. It was an honor to have Dom on the podcast this week.

You can find the interview here:

Check out Dom’s website here:

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Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is all about celebration. A celebration of spring in DC, the amazing talent held by our friends and neighbors, and the natural beauty in our Nation’s Capital that we can too easily forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As a fundraising event for the Living Classrooms Foundation, it is also a celebration of the fundamentally important role that community plays in lifting up those among us who are in greatest need.  Learn more about the festival here.