A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, Corey Harris has carved out his own niche in blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock, and West African music. Some of his imaginative compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism; other works stay true to the traditional blues formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music.
Harris has appeared at venues throughout North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand; and performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, R.L.Burnside, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, and others.
He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, traveling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties, Harris lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work.
In 2003 Harris was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese film, “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 and commitment to continued innovative work, described Harris as an artist who “forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism.” That same year, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine.
$17/WKC member (w/ no ticketing fee!) // $20 at the door
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$20/non-member // $25 at the door
$10 ages 9-19
Free for children 8 & under
Advance ticketing closes at 7pm on Friday 10/2. Day-of tickets are available online on Saturday, 10/3 or at the door. Ticket booth opens at 6pm on 10/3; doors open at 6:30.
We're trying to reduce our paper use and will not have paper tickets for this event. No need to print or download your ticket; your name will be on a list at the admission tent.
This is an indoor concert; however, concertgoers are encouraged to come early to purchase food on-site (served by The Tulip and The Rose, starting at 5PM) and enjoy a picnic in the bucolic West Kortright valley before the show.