The Southern Sacred Steel Conference kicks off this Thursday (3/17) with a free front porch concert at UNC's Center for the Study of the American South. The Allen Boys perform between 5-7 pm. The free, public concert includes an audience conversation moderated by folklorist Robert Stone.
Facebook event page: The Allen Boys, Music on the Porch Series
Ticketed events get going on Friday (3/18) the Artscenter, which is hosting the conference exploring steel-guitar-based Black gospel music, with strongholds in Florida and Western NC. Folklorist Stone, who has documented the genre in photographs currently on exhibition at the Artscenter, will give several lectures. On Saturday, headlining artists will give steel guitar master classes. The conference ends Sunday morning with a worship service.
The Lee Boys
Evening concert headliners include The Lee Boys and Aubrey Ghent; see The Artscenter website for details and ticket info!
Artscenter: Link to all Sacred Steel Conference events
Conference Weekend Pass Pricing Here
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