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SummerStage: Family Day – Martha Redbone Roots Project / Ebony Hillbillies
Jun 14, 2015 @ 4:00 pm| Free
Charismatic songstress Martha Redbone is one of the leading contemporary Native/African-American musicians. Her latest album, The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake, is a twist on the Appalachian music of her childhood in Black Mountain, Kentucky. Produced by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the album is a brilliant fusion of Blake’s immortal words, a cornucopia of roots music (Americana, blues, gospel) and Redbone’s magnificent voice.
Bringing a fresh urgency to the genre for a 21st century world in need of some deep musical education, the Ebony Hillbillies led by Henrique Prince (fiddle, vocals) and Norris Bennett (banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar, vocals) and featuring Gloria Thomas Gassaway on vocals and bones, William “Salty Bill” Salter on acoustic bass with A.R. or Newman Taylor Baker on washboard and percussion, creates an untamed and joyful vibe that echoes across the generations and transcends all racial and cultural boundaries.
SummerStage is the largest FREE performing arts festival in New York City We believe that by presenting artists and genres that reflect the diverse cultures and communities in neighborhood parks across the five boroughs, we help to build new audiences and foster a broader interest in the arts.