Charlotte Folk Society’s next free concert and gathering features blues and folk artists Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. It will take place Friday, October 10, 2014, at 7:30pm, at Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Doors open at 7pm. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground-level door. Free parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, and a jam session follow the concert.
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children’s author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances. Sparky and Rhonda’s old-style folk and blues concert is a testament to the ongoing struggle for liberty in the United States. Their program, which showcases their newest CD, Let Freedom Ring, includes songs and stories that trace the nation’s history from slavery and the Underground Railroad, through women’s suffrage and the founding of the UMWA, to the Civil Rights Movement. They accompany themselves with finger picking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, spoons, and bones. Visit their website.