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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 8:00 pm, $18.00

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American Roots Series

Hosted by Dan Johnson and his Expert Sidemen

The American Roots Series at The Linda tells the story of the American roots genre. Hosted by local roots artist Dan Johnson, the program presents the history of the genre and performances by American artists who tell in their own words how they embrace the broadly-influenced and shared traditions of "roots music." The term "roots" was coined in the mid-nineties and describes a type of music derived from a diverse span of musical styles passed on from generation to generation. Like its close relative "folk music," which was popularized by such greats as Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie and Phil Ochs, roots music tells stories of the "hopes, sorrows and convictions of ordinary people's everyday lives." The rich, acoustic sound of roots music draws from an eclectic range of genres, including blues, gospel, traditional country, zydeco, tejano, and Native American pow-wow. The American Roots Series at The Linda presents a series of five programs showcasing this intimate, heritage-based song style.

This event is part of the "American Roots Music" series and is made possible by the support of the New York State Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The all-female bluegrass quintet Della Mae ignites the stage with their superb musicianship and pure harmonies that have lifted audiences from their seats across the country. Della Mae is what happens when traditional bluegrass meets innovative, contemporary songwriting. Described on as "bluegrass played with confidence, drive and the pure energy that birthed the music in the first place," these artists have shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Leon Russell and Laurie Lewis.


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