Dom Flemons at the Grand Annex


Saturday, September 22, 2018
Doors: 7:30pm \ Concert: 8:00

A multi-instrumentalist, Flemons plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills. As co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, Flemons was able to explore his interest in bringing traditional music to new audiences. The band won a Grammy for its 2011 album, Genuine Negro and in 2013 he earned the title Living Blues Most Outstanding Musician for banjo from Living Blues Magazine.

Flemons has been performing solo since 2014. His music brings to life nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. On stage, he easily rolls from one instrument to another, adding just enough historical context and commentary. As musician and ethnomusicologist, Flemons digs deeply into the African American roots of American folk music, jazz, and blues and has toured the nation and the world presenting traditional folk and roots music to diverse audiences. 
In the last few years, Flemons’ music and scholarship are receiving important recognition. In 2016 he launched a podcast, American Songster Radio, on WUNC Public Radio and a year later was featured on David Holt’s State of Music on PBS and performed as bluesman Joe Hill Louis on CMT’s original hit television show “Sun Records.” 

This year he released “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” on the Grammy Award winning record label Smithsonian Folkways. This recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Flemons has performed with esteemed musicians including Mike Seeger, Joe Thompson, Martin Simpson, Boo Hanks, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Cecil Sharp House, the Grand Ole Opry, the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Newport Folk Festival and represented the United States at the 2017 Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia.

Flemons has published articles for the Oxford American, New York Times Magazine, Ecotone, No Depression Magazine and Mother Jones. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Folk Alliance International and his collection and memorabilia is housed in the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.”

Article Posted: 5/1/2018