Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Phil Wiggins & Blues House Party - Heartwood Artisan Center - Abingdon, VA

June 8, 2018 7:30 PM
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
CHILD: $12.00
ADVANCED: $20.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: April 3, 2018 2:10 PM to May 31, 2018 11:59 PM
CHILD Public Onsale: April 3, 2018 2:15 PM to June 9, 2018 7:30 PM
This concert will be at Heartwood: SWVA's Artisan Gateway located at One Heartwood Circle in Abingdon, VA. Event Extras: The cover art for this Guide came from a 3’ x 4’ painting on burlap by folk artist William A. Fields of Chilhowie. At 5:00 PM, Mr. Fields will present and discuss the painting (entitled “In the Key of Blue”) and share the creative process and story of how it came to be.~~~~ Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, a native of Bentonia, Mississippi, is a leading practitioner of the local style of Delta Blues associated with Bentonia. Learning directly from Henry Stuckey (the Bentonia musician who introduced that style of blues playing) and influenced by other blues masters from Bentonia—especially Skip James and Jack Owens—Holmes sings his own compositions as well as classic blues from the local repertoire, and he accompanies his performances on acoustic guitar tuned to open D minor or open E minor, yielding a particularly mournful, haunting sound. Holmes’ family tree was deeply rooted in the blues. Holmes now operates the Blue Front Café, the oldest juke joint in Mississippi which was started by his parents in 1948. In 1972 Holmes’ mother Mary started the Bentonia Blues Festival, which each year draws thousands of blues fans to Bentonia. While Holmes was recorded by folklorists Alan Lomax and David Evans in the 1970s, his first album, entitled Back to Bentonia, was released in 2006. He has subsequently released several other albums and has been featured in such documentary films as I Am the Blues (2016). ~~~~ Phil Wiggins and Blues House Party, led by blues harmonica wizard Phil Wiggins, perpetuates the Piedmont styles of blues music and dance. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Wiggins has performed alongside a Who’s Who of blues artists including John Cephas, Sunnyland Slim, and Robert Belfour. Wiggin’s harmonica style includes complex syncopated patterns, breath-control and rhythm, stylistic virtuosity and fiery solo runs. With House Party he is joined by Rick Franklin (guitar and vocals), Marcus Moore (fiddle) and Junious Brickhouse (dance). In 2017, Wiggins received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. ~~~~ The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the support of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Food City, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Department of Housing & Economic Development, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Davenport & Company, Market Connections, Community Foundation for the New River Valley, Asset Solutions Corporation, Ballad Health, McGuire Woods LLP, Galax Moose Lodge # 773, Union Bank, Bank of Marion, Bill Kornrich, Breaks Insterstate Park, David & Judie Reemsnyder, Electric Hardwoods, Moonstruck Management, CGI, Rotary Club of Washington County, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, FocusOne Integrated Financial Planning, Chantilly Farm, Downtown Wytheville Association, SWCC Educational Foundation, Walt & Janet Crickmer. Special thanks to Round the Mountain and Pro-Art Association. ~~~~ For the deaf and hard of hearing community, signing interpretation services can be made available if requested at least 21 days in advance of the concert. For requests received less than 21 days prior to the concert, every effort will be made for accommodations, but interpretation services are not guaranteed. To request services or for more information contact The Crooked Road office by email at admin@thecrookedroad.org or by calling 276-492-2409.
Number of Tickets
Limit 16 tickets per order.


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