Postponed ’til 2022: Corey Harris
Acoustic Guitar Blues
Along with contemporaries Keb' Mo' and Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey Harris helped elevate acoustic guitar blues to prominence and popularity in the mid-1990s. He continues to lead a contemporary revival of Country Blues by mixing the raw, direct emotion of acoustic Delta Blues with a considerable variety of influences – from New Orleans to the Caribbean to West African music – into his richly expressive music. His musical artistry is complemented by reflective explorations of the historical and cultural circumstances that gave rise to the Blues. COREY HARRIS Spotify Videos Corey Harris began his career as a New Orleans street singer, traveling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties, he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. Since then, Harris has performed, recorded, and toured with names such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, R.L.Burnside, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, and many others. In 2003 Harris was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese film, The Blues: Feel Like Going Home, which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern U.S. In 2007, he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship — commonly referred to as a “genius award” — from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The annual grant, which recognizes individuals from a wide range of disciplines who show creativity, originality, & commitment to continued innovative work, described Harris as an artist who “forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism.” **In compliance with the current CDC guidelines, if a performance needs to be moved indoors due to inclement weather, all attendees will be required to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination (vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, or the excelsior pass). There will be no capacity restrictions. If you are not comfortable with these guidelines, please notify us to discuss a refund, ticket transfer, or donation.