Southern Folklife Collection 25th Anniversary Festival: Aug. 21-23, 2014

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Southern Folklife Collection, one of the nation’s foremost archives of Southern vernacular music, art, and culture, available for research in the University’s Wilson Special Collections Library. The Southern Folklife Collection is an educational resource, an archive dedicated to collecting and preserving cultural heritage, and a focal point for the public appreciation of Southern art forms. Since its opening in 1989, the SFC has grown to contain over half a million items including sound recordings, moving images, photographs, manuscripts, books, song folios, serials, posters and ephemera. The Collection is especially rich in materials documenting old-time, country-western, bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel, rock, Cajun and zydeco music. The SFC holds numerous recordings on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, including Dolly Parton’s first recording “Puppy Love,” which she wrote and recorded at the age of 13. As part of the Southern Folklife Festival, Carolina Performing Arts is hosting two evenings of concerts in Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, a New Orleans Brass Band Symposium on UNC’s campus, and a Saturday afternoon of lectures and performances in Carrboro, NC.

THURS, AUG 21, 2014 • GALA

5:45-11pm: Reception, Concert, & Gala Dinner

FRI, AUG 22, 2014 • NEW ORLEANS BRASS BAND SYMPOSIUM

5 -6PM: OPENING RECEPTION: Wilson Special Collections Library

6:00PM WELCOME at Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Wilson Library Steve Weiss (Curator, Southern Folklife Collection)

6:05-6:45PM Keynote Address Matt Sakakeeny (Tulane University) “Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans”

7:00PM Conversation with Brass Band Musicians

7:30PM Second Line Parade from Wilson Library to Memorial Hall

8:00pm CONCERT at Memorial Hall ReBirth Brass Band Treme Brass Band Dumpstaphunk

SAT, AUG 23, 2014 • SOUTHERN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

2-5PM LECTURES and PERFORMANCES at the Cat’s Cradle and Arts Center in Carrboro - Reserve tickets

8:00PM CONCERT at Memorial Hall Tift Merritt Merle Haggard - Purchase tickets

Complete Southern Folklife Festival Schedule

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