Laurelyn Dossett Hosts “Songs of Hope & Justice” with Special Guest Rhiannon Giddens and Others Thursday, September 6 in Greensboro’s Intimate Van Dyke Performance Space
Greensboro, NC. August 14, 2018 – Greensboro singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett will host a gathering of some of the region’s greatest artists – including Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens – for “Songs of Hope & Justice” in Greensboro’s intimate Van Dyke Performance Space on Thursday evening, September 6 at 8pm.
Tickets for this special pre-festival celebration on the eve of the inaugural North Carolina Folk Festival are now on Sale.
This will be the 4th Annual presentation of “Songs of Hope & Justice,” which became a popular pre-festival concert focusing on freedom and social justice issues during the three-year residency of the National Folk Festival. Now established as a Festival tradition, this year’s presentation will help launch the inaugural weekend of the new North Carolina Folk Festival, September 7, 8 and 9.
Participating performers gathering for this special evening include some of the region’s top instrumentalists, singers and songwriters, including Rhiannon Giddens, Eric Robertson, Lalenja Harrington, percussionist Francesco Turrisi, Molly McGinn, and DeShawn Hickman of The Allen Boys. Other performers and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
“These concerts have become increasingly popular and added great meaning to the Festival” said Festival Director, Amy Grossmann “and we are delighted to include this evening as part of the inaugural North Carolina Folk Festival.” The 2018 Festival is produced by ArtsGreensboro in partnership with the City of Greensboro and other partners and sponsors.
The writer of several Grammy-winning songs, singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in the piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs tend to reflect the stories of the region, both traditional and contemporary. One of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, she has toured with Rhiannon Giddens, folk legend Alice Gerrard and composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain. She has collaborated with Triad Stage’s Preston Lane on six original plays with music and has written for the North Carolina Symphony. Her current project is a new play, Leaving Eden, with playwright Mike Wiley, commissioned by Playmakers Repertory at UNC-CH.
To learn more about the N.C. Folk Festival, please visit ncfolkfest.com. The North Carolina Folk Festival will continue to post updates on its Facebook page (facebook.com/NCFolkFestival), Twitter (twitter.com/NCFolkFestival) and Instagram (instagram.com/ncfolkfestival).
About the Van Dyke Performance Space: This exciting performing arts, events, and entertainment facility is located in downtown’s Cultural Center, with a seating capacity ranging from 250 to as many as 400 or more under different configurations. The facility was made possible through a collaborative partnership between the City of Greensboro and ArtsGreensboro – thanks to a $1 million gift from renowned choreographer and Dance Project artistic director Jan Van Dyke. 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro, NC 27401. TheVanDyke.org
About the North Carolina Folk Festival: Produced by ArtsGreensboro with help from the City of Greensboro and many other partners, the North Carolina Folk Festival celebrates its first year in 2018, building on the success of the three-year residency of the National Folk Festival (2015-2017). The FREE admission, three-day weekend is North Carolina’s fastest growing cultural event and will be presented in downtown Greensboro September 7, 8, 9, 2018. ncfolkfestival.com
About ArtsGreensboro: As it has been for more than 50 years, ArtsGreensboro is an arts council and catalyst for connecting the community and building recognition and support for the arts. Through its annual community-wide Campaign for the Arts, it supports more than 50 arts organizations, projects, artists and schools annually. In addition, ArtsGreensboro hosts events and manages facilities – from the North Carolina Folk Festival and Sternberger Artists Center (Summit Avenue), to the collaborative 17DAYS Arts Festival, and the innovative Van Dyke Performance Space. Through all these activities, ArtsGreensboro drives the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming. artsgreensboro.org