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outdoor performances to showcase north carolina string music

The musical roots of North Carolina will be presented on Aug. 29 at Smithsonian Summer Saturday, a program of theGreensboro Historical Museum in association with the Smithsonian Institution. The show takes place from 2 to 6 p.m.in the park next to the museum at the corner of Summit and Lindsay. Jeff Place, archivist for the Smithsonian Center forFolklife and Cultural Heritage, will emcee, introducing each group and providing insights into the diverse styles of NorthCarolina music.The music starts at 2 p.m. with the Hushpuppies, a revival old-time band; at 3:30 p.m. the Apple Chill Cloggers presentSouthern Appalachian Mountain clogging. The Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, takes thestage at 4:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and there will be food vendors in the park. A donation ofcanned food for Greensboro Urban Ministries is requested.“North Carolina’s music is an integral part of our history and this outdoor concert is part of fostering appreciation forGreensboro’s diversity,” said Fred Goss, director of the Greensboro Historical Museum. Place, one of the nation’s mostrenowned experts on archival music, said “North Carolina enjoys an amazing cultural richness with a wide range ofmusical styles in regions across the state. Out of the North Carolina piedmont alone came the greatly influential talents ofCharlie Poole, John Coltrane, Etta Baker and others.” Place says North Carolina music, with ballads and blues, bluegrassand beach music and numerous other styles, is among the most varied of any state.

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