Washington, D.C., native PHIL WIGGINS, a Takoma Park resident, blues musician, teacher and artistic director, a two-time winner of the prestigious WC Handy Blues Foundation awards, is only the third harmonica player to receive the lifetime honor of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Today he is the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of being a “Master of Traditional Arts.” Often referred to by its unofficial designation as “Living Cultural Treasure” award, the fellowship honors and preserves the diverse cultural heritage in the United States. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) annually awards one-time-only NEA National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists, to recognize lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage.
Phil is joined by the Chesapeake Sheiks–Matt Kelly, guitar, Marcus Moore, violin, Ian Walters, piano, Baakari Wilder, dance, Steve Wolf, bass–playing blues from the Piedmont and Delta as well as the music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Louis Jordan, Slim and Slam, and originals.
Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Tasty treats available in the kitchen!
Show time is 7:30 PM.