Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017, 12:00 PM, No Tickets Required
The Fairfield Four is an African-American gospel quartet that has existed for more than 95 years. They are best known for their performance in the film O Brother Where Art Thou (2000) and for collaborations with popular artists such as Dolly Parton, John Fogerty, and Vince Gill. As traditional American folk musicians, they have achieved the highest honors possible, including induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, three GRAMMY Awards, and the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The group was founded as a trio in 1921, but came to be called “The Fairfield Four” after they became a quartet later in the 1920s. Changing lineup through the years, they have sometimes had more than four members, but have kept the name. They have also kept their signature style, the traditional African American a cappella gospel harmony singing they have been known for since the group's inception almost 100 years ago. Today’s lineup consists of Larrice Byrd, Sr., Bobbye Sherrell, Leveret Allison, and Joe Thompson.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.