Rhiannon Giddens, Black Mountain College Festival, And Piedmont Plein Air Paintout
Rhiannon Giddens was raised in Greensboro and studied opera at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. She then immersed herself in rural musical traditions, and formed the Grammy-winning Old Time String Band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Rhiannon recently released her first solo album, the T Bone Burnett produced “Tomorrow Is My Turn.” You can expect to hear plenty of songs from the album when she takes the stage three times during the National Folk Festival in Greensboro.
It's a three day free event featuring over 300 artists & artisans in downtown Greensboro. Rhiannon’s performing on Saturday, September 12th at 1pm and Sunday, September 13, at noon and 4:15pm.
Black Mountain College Festival
If you've heard the name Black Mountain College, but never quite knew the story behind it, or even if you're a Black Mountain College expert, then Scuppernong's Festival next week is for you. The experimental, interdisciplinary art school opened in 1933 in Black Mountain, outside Asheville. It stayed open for only 24 years, but during that time, it attracted America's leading artists, composers, poets, and more.
The Piedmont Plein Air Paintout is taking place next weekend in High Point. Plein air, when translated from French means “in the open air.” A fitting title as this event features 30 nationally known artists painting outdoor scenes in five locations around High Point. It begins next Thursday September 17th with a "quick paint" and ends on Sunday September 20th. That’s when the public is invited to come see the artwork at the J.H. Adams Inn produced throughout the 4-day event.
Festival organizer Julie Delgaudio & participating artist Harold Frontz spoke with David Ford before last year’s paintout.