Billy Stevens, M.A., North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar
Mr. Stevens will demonstrate how historic interactions between African Americans and European Americans shaped the evolution of American popular music. With its roots in slavery and the fusion of musical traditions brought from both Africa and Europe, American music is a natural outgrowth of the unique culture of the American South. Using musical instruments as well as rare recordings, Stevens helps his audience understand the relationship between jazz and blues, ragtime and gospel, and how the first distinctly American musical genre, blackface minstrelsy, has influenced country musicians up to the present day. The result is a better understanding of how our music reflects America’s social fabric. This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Information & Amenities
Age Range:All Ages
Facility Amenities:ADA-compliant, Parking on site
General Information:Hours of Operation: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Type:African-American, Historical, Lecture, Seminar & Workshop