10th Annual Freedmen's Colony Blues Jam Announced [Concert Preview]

Posted By on February 7, 2014

The official lineup has been announced for the 2014 Freedmen’s Colony Blues Jam, celebrating its 10th anniversary this month in Manteo.

The Low Count featuring Matt Walsh

The Low Count featuring Matt Walsh

Carolina Blues, the 10th Annual Freedmen’s Colony Blues Jam will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the College of the Albemarle, Roanoke Island Campus, Manteo, NC.

This year’s headliner is Low Count featuring Matt Walsh along with local performers Jonny Waters & Co. and Old Enough To Know Better. 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a special performance by the Dare County High School Blues Band, organized by North Carolina Arts Council resident artist Ruth Wyand.

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at Outer Banks Music Store, SSR Music, all three Front Porch Café locations and the Dare County Arts Council gallery. Additional sponsors include Swamp Rat Music Productions and North Carolina Arts Council.

Of Walsh, Rootstime Magazine says, “he is now being recognized as one of the best guitarist from a list of new, up and coming Blues musicians.”

The Low Count featuring Matt Walsh

The Low Count featuring Matt Walsh

The event is organized by the Roanoke Island Freedmen’s Colony Preservation Association. This year’s show represents ten years of excellence in artistic programming. Over the last decade, the Blues Jam has attracted dozens of celebrated blues musicians to Dare County, while raising awareness of the Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island and its place in Outer Banks history.

The Dare County High School Blues Band includes students from Dare County’s high schools, each of whom has participated in a twelve-week blues workshop under the tutelage of Ruth Wyand and Natalie Eberts. Their performance was made possible by a North Carolina Arts Council grant through Dare County Arts Council.

The Roanoke Island Freedmen’s Colony Preservation Association has as its purpose the preservation of the history and heritage of one of the first Freedmen’s Colonies operated by the Union Army during the Civil War. The Roanoke Island Colony, located at the north end of the island, operated from 1862-1867. Many residents of Dare and surrounding counties are direct descendants of these colonists.

10th Annual Carolina Blues Freedmen's Colony Concert, February 21, 2014


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Posted by Matt Artz

Matt Artz was a lead reporter and photographer for 'The Coastland Times' newspaper from 2000 to 2009, and has been published in the Outer Banks Sentinel, North Beach Sun, Outer Banks Milepost, among others, before launching OBX Entertainment, NC Film News, and Halloween Daily News in 2012. Matt and Sue Artz are also the founders of the annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and the Halloween International Film Festival.

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