Songster Dom Flemons to Perform at UT Co-sponsored Lecture March 12

Dom Flemons, the American Songster, will give a lecture and perform during an event co-sponsored by UT on Thursday, March 12.

Flemons will present the 2015 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture at the Bijou Theatre downtown at 7:00 p.m. He also will perform some of his signature old-time music.

The event, a joint effort of the Library Society of the University of Tennessee and the Friends of the Knox County Public Library, is free and open to the public. Due to high demand, registration is required online.

Flemons is widely known for his role in reintroducing old-time African American string band music, made famous by groups such as the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, to a new generation. Flemons left the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a contemporary group, in July 2013 to pursue a solo career. His solo album Prospect Hill was released in July 2014. He was featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross later that month and on Folk Alley Presents in September 2014. His album was one of Folk Alley’s Top 10 Folk and Americana Albums of 2014.

Flemons’s performance at the Bijou Theatre is the second annual cultural event co-sponsored by the Library Society of the University of Tennessee and the Friends of the Knox County Public Library. Additional funding is provided by the Clayton Family Foundation.

Flemons also will be the featured performer at the annual conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology Southeast and Caribbean Chapter on Friday, March 13, on the UT campus. His 1:30 p.m. performance in the UT Natalie L. Haslam Music Center is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. The event will be sponsored by the UT Ready for the World program, the UT School of Music, the UT College of Arts and Sciences, and the Distinguished Lecture Series in Musicology.

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CONTACT:

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lalapo@utk.edu)

Erin Horeni-Ogle (865-974-0055, ehoreni@utk.edu)

Megan Venable (865-974-6903, mvenable@tennessee.edu)