Phil Wiggins and Friends | Acoustic Blues and Dance from Maryland
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
AUGUST 6, 2014 at Noon, No Tickets Required
Phil Wiggins and Friends is an all-star blues and dance group including Phil Wiggins (harmonica), Rick Franklin (guitar and vocals) Marcus Moore (violin) and Junious Brickhouse (dance). According to the National Council for Traditional Arts, “Phil Wiggins is arguably America’s foremost blues harmonica virtuoso. While rooted in the melodic Piedmont or ‘Tidewater’ blues of the Chesapeake region, his mastery of the instrument now transcends stylistic boundaries. Born in Washington D.C. in 1954, Phil Wiggins achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the premier Piedmont blues duo of Cephas & Wiggins. Since the death of guitarist and singer John Cephas in 2009, Phil has brought his harmonica wizardry to bear in a variety of musical collaborations.” Rick Franklin has been entertaining D.C.-area audiences with his own mixture of traditional Piedmont blues and early commercial “hokum” blues for over thirty years, and is one of the area’s favorite blues musicians. Marcus Childs Moore is a Marion, Alabama native who earned his bachelors in Jazz Violin Performance from City College of New York in 2009, has performed with numerous musical greats and legends, and was a member of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra for two years. Junious “House” Brickhouse is an award-winning urban dance educator, choreographer, community leader, and cultural preservationist whose latest project is called “The Meaning of Buck Dance”
Junious “House” Brickhouse is an internationally established, award winning, urban dance educator, choreographer, community leader, and cultural preservationist. A Virginia Beach, Virginia native, Junious has a spent over twenty years in dance cyphers and on stages from Oakland, California to Helsinki, Finland to Durban, South Africa. Now based in Washington, DC, Junious furthers his global mission through lecturing, performing, promoting conflict resolution, and event production for Urban Artistry Inc. (www.urbanartistry.org). As Founder and Executive Director of Urban Artistry, Inc., Junious has inspired and created a movement of artists dedicated to the authentic preservation of urban dance culture and community while finding ways to responsibly innovate.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. All concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress). Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.