Charlotte Folk Society is committed to preserving the traditional folkways of the Carolina Piedmont, including music, dance, craft, and storytelling. They’ve been hosting monthly public Gatherings for 40 years.
The concerts take place at Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Food Truck available at 5:30 p.m.
- Pre-concert jams start at 6 p.m.
- Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Registration is $15 per adult and is free for children 16 and under. Follow the links below for more information on each artist and to register.
Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings
- Saturday, May 13, 2023: Jake Blount and Nic Gareiss
Jake Blount (Providence, RI) is a singer and multi-instrumentalist described by NPR as “an Afrofuturist in roots-music garb.” A winner of the 2021 Steve Martin Banjo Prize and a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, American Songwriter has dubbed him the “King of Roots.” Percussive dancer Nic Gareiss (Lansing, MI) has been named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” and has been hailed by The New York Times for their “dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance.” In 2020, Gareiss received the Michigan Heritage Award, the highest honor his home state bestows on traditional artists.
Blount and Gareiss are not only skilled performers, but researchers with degrees in ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology. Their years of experience as performers, educators and scholars in their respective traditions have drawn them close to the creative force at the heart of music-making.
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