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NCSU-University Scholars Program, Raleigh NC

February 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
NCSU-University Scholars,
Witherspoon Center
Raleigh , NC 27695 United States
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Over the past couple of decades, I have always been pleased to be invited back to present music and history for the august University Scholars Program at NCSU in Raleigh NC. They have been faithful in supporting my work as a musician and a scholar and giving me the opportunity to share that with their scholars. I'm happy to be returning to work with good friends, old and new.

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New Century Middle School, Cameron NC

February 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
New Century MIddle School,
1577 Union Church Road
Cameron , NC 28388 United States
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I'll be presenting my teaching concert "Across The Color Line" to middle school students in this fine school in Moore County, North Carolina. As with all school performances, attendance by the public is contingent on permission of the administrators and generally restricted to interested parents or press. These performances are facilitated by the Arts Council of Moore County. Their support for the arts in the education has been steadfast, in good years and bad. The state and community support they…

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West Jefferson NC Teaching Concerts

March 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ashe County Schools,
West Jefferson, NC 28694 United States
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I'll be presenting two in-school teaching concerts on the history of the Blues for high school students on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017. It is always a delight to be invited back to West Jefferson. I look forward to sharing the remarkable music and its history with the coming generation.

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Magellan Charter School, Raleigh NC

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Magellan Charter School,
9324 Baileywick Road
Raleigh, NC 27615 United States
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I'm always grateful for my relationship with this charter school, it's students and faculty. This will be my 10th annual return to work with the 8th grade staff and students as I present a teaching concert on the African roots of American music and culture.

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St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Hillsborough NC

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Matthews Episcopal Church,
210 St. Mary's Rd.
HiIlsborough, NC 27278 United States
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My old friend, Mary Rocap, called to offer us a night in Hillsborough NC. Our answer is absolutely yes. I'm looking forward to this so much.

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Little Lake Hill House Concerts, Raleigh NC

March 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Little Lake HIll House Concerts,
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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I am so delighted to be returning to Bett & Bill Padgett's house concert series, a series I helped inaugurate many years back. For reservations and directions to this lovely series, please contact Bett Padgett at her email address below. Hope to see many old friends and make new ones.

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Swain Co. Center for the Arts, Bryson City NC

March 5 @ 3:00 pm - March 6 @ 3:00 pm
Swain County Center for the Arts,
1415 Fontana Rd.
Bryson City, NC 28713 United States
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On Sunday afternoon at 3:00, I'll be presenting a community concert with my friend and musical brother Reggie Harris. We'll follow up this public concert with three teaching concerts for the schools on Monday. I'm excited to share this work and the stage with Reggie and to be bringing this music and its history to Bryson City, just ten miles west of Cherokee NC in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Pass the word.

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Jacksonville NC, Teaching Concerts

March 7 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
Jacksonville Area Middle School,
Jacksonville, NC United States

I'll be presenting two teaching concerts in a Jacksonville NC middle school on Tuesday morning, March 7th. The program, "Before Rock 'n' Roll," focuses on presenting the history and music that preceded and led up to the birth of rock 'n' roll in the early 1950s. The programs are sponsored by the Jacksonville Council for the Arts.

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Norman E. Day School, Westford MA

March 15 @ 8:45 am - 9:45 am
Norman E. Day School,
75 E. Prescott St.
Westford, MA 01886 United States
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I'll be presenting my "Before Rock 'n' Roll" teaching concert early Wednesday morning for the Fifth Graders at this school on the Ides of March (March 15th, the date Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C.). We won't be dwelling on that, though. The African roots and retentions in American music will be on display as we take a tour through slave and work songs, early gospel, delta and piedmont/ragtime blues. Time for questions and answers following. This will be fun.

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Binghamton NY Schools

March 16 - March 17
Binghamton City Schools,
5 Main Street (TBA)
Binghamton , NY United States
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I'll be presenting workshops for guitar students and for music theory students on adjacent days with Chris Koldewey, their instructor. These are opportunities for us examine the cultural collision between African and European musical traditions and the hand skills necessary to express this music on guitars. I'll be following this school work with a performance at the Cranberry Coffeehouse there in Binghamton NY on Saturday. And get in a good visit with new friends.

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Cranberry Coffeehouse, Binghamton NY

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cranberry Coffeehouse,
183 Riverside Drive
Binghamton, NY 13905 United States
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Following a couple days of workshops in the Binghamton City Schools, I'll be playing this lovely Unitarian church-hosted coffeehouse on Saturday evening, March 18, 2017. Please come join us. Students: bring your folks and friends! You won't regret it. Promise.

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Reggie Harris & Scott Ainslie, UNC-Pembroke

March 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Givens Performing Arts Cener,
1 University Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372 United States
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In our developing work together, Reggie Harris and I are presenting a program here at UNC-Pembroke at the Givens Performing Arts Center entitled "How We Got Here," a performance of Folk, Blues, Originals & Spirituals by a couple of tradition-steeped songwriters with songs and stories to address social justice issues with joy and hope. Supported by three co-sponsors: The Givens Performing Arts Center (UNCP), Jumbo Arts International, and the UNCP Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Greenville, OH Darke Co. Arts – Coffee House Series

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Greenville OH,
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This well-established Darke County Center for the Arts Coffee House series in western Ohio places musicians in four different venues in the area and has done so for many years. I'm delighted to be coming to Greenville, OH to take part on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Music starts at 7:00 p.m., and as we get closer, the venue will be announced and I'll update this listing then.

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Trinity House Theatre, Livonia MI

April 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Trinity House Theatre,
38840 West 6 Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48152 United States
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Just west of Detroit (and east of Ann Arbor) Trinity House Theatre exists to enrich and enliven the communities of Southeastern Michigan through brave, truthful and necessary works of art. Trinity House is a non-profit, membership driven organization. This cozy, supportive venue is driven by volunteers, members and by a local community investing in its own well-being. It's going to be a joy to play here. Friday night. Come. Join us.

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Kidron Historical Society, Kidron OH

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sonnenberg Village,
13497 Hackette Road
Kidron , OH United States
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This historical, environmentally sustainable center is operated by a Mennonite community and helps sustain and demonstrate Mennonite life and culture. They have a strong investment in social justice traditions and, in this series, family-community oriented music. These Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances (in Kidron on Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and Wooster on Sunday, 2:00) will feature stories and songs to nourish the soul and open parts of American history and culture that are often overlooked.

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Wayne Co. Historical Society, Wooster OH

April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
1873 One Room Schoolhouse,
546 Bowman St.
Wooster, OH 44691 United States
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Housed in a restored 1873 One Room Schoolhouse, this historical, environmentally sustainable center in Wooster OH is operated by a Mennonite community and helps sustain and demonstrate Mennonite life and culture. They have a strong investment in social justice traditions and, in this series, family-community oriented music. These Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances (in Kidron on Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and Wooster on Sunday, 2:00) will feature stories and songs to nourish the soul and open parts of American history and…

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WDVX-Blue Plate Special: Live Broadcast Concert

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Knoxville Visitors Center,
301 Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 27568 United States
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The Blue Plate Special presents live broadcast, web simulcast concerts on WDVX-FM in Knoxville TN. I'll be on at noon for the first half hour of the broadcast, flogging my evening concert at the Laurel Theater, but, because of the web cast, if you've got internet access, you can join me and I hope you will. Pass the word. There is room at the Knoxville Visitors Center for a small, live audience.

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Jubilee Community Arts, Knoxville TN

April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Laurel Theater,
1538 Laurel Avenue
Knoxville , TN 37916 United States
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I'm happy at the prospect of playing in the Laurel Theater, a newly renovated 1898 (former) Presbyterian Church that is on the National Historic Registry. Jubilee Community Arts coordinates and in this building provides a fine home for acoustic and traditional music, a thriving dance scene, and other ongoing community activities. Join us for a great evening of music.

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Doss Barn Concerts, Evansville IN

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Doss Barn Concerts,
Available with Reservation
Evansville , IN 47720 United States
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Paul & Heidi Doss have been putting on a lovely concert series in their beautifully refurbished barn for years. They provide a babysitting area for families with young kids, so they don't have to pay a sitter. Rural hospitality is their style. This will be my first visit to Evansville. I'm looking forward to it. Please alert your friends in the area.

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Sunday Afternoon-Pittsburgh House Concert

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Home of Carol & Ian James,
N. Euclid Avenue
Pittsurgh, PA 15206 United States
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I'm deeply pleased to be reconnecting with Carol and Ian James for a house concert in Pittsburgh PA on Sunday, April 30th at 4:00. Please save the date and join us for an unamplified late afternoon concert of fine acoustic blues and original songs. To reserve your place, please contact Carol at: carol.stewart.james@gmail.com

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Overlook Center, Charlton MA

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Overlook Center,
88 Masonic Home Road
Charlton, MA 01507 United States
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I'll be entertaining residents and their guests at this Masonic Home for active seniors. I look forward to working with their activity director, Joanne Brackett, again. A little history, a few instruments, songs and their stories!

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Old Songs Festival: Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris

June 23 - June 25
Old Songs Festival,
100 Main St.
Altamont, NY 12009 United States
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I'm happy to be returning to this fine festival with a new stage partner for the weekend, Reggie Harris. Reggie and I have been admiring each other's work for years and are finally looking for ways to perform together as a way of amplifying the work that we each do solo. This is going to be fun. Join us for the festival.

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Elizabethtown Social Center, Elizabethtown NY

July 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Elizabethtown Social Center,
7626 Us rt. 9
Elizabethtown, NY 12932 United States
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I'm delighted to be coming back to this rural community to spend an evening playing music at the Elizabethtown Social Center on Tuesday evening, July 18, 2017. Established with the mission of enriching the lives of members of the community, these good people are doing just that every day. It's an honor to join them in their efforts. There will be a half hour Children's concert at 5:30 followed by a family-friendly concert at 6:30.

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Peace Plaza Stage, Rochester MN

August 31 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Peace Plaza Stage,
2nd Ave. SW & 1st Street, SW
Rochester, MN 55902 United States
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  I've been invited back to this downtown concert series with a performance from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31st, 2017. This was a lot of fun last year and I'm looking forward to being back in Rochester again.

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Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, Geneva IL

September 3 - September 4
Fox Valley Folk Festival,
Island Park on Rt. 38 at Rt. 25
Geneva, IL 60506 United States
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This fine, long-running festival has broken with tradition by inviting me back for a second year so soon, something I'm very grateful to note. Marked by small workshop stages, plenty of shade in a park by the river and friendly crowds and artists, this is a great scene. I'm happy to be coming back so soon.

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Lewis University, Romeoville IL

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Ctr.,
Lewis University, Airport Rd.
Romeonville, IL 60446 United States
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At 7:30, this Tuesday evening, I'll be presenting a teaching concert on the roots and branches of the Blues – examining work and slave songs, African retentions, and the remarkable collage of cultures expressed in Delta, Ragtime Blues and slide guitar. Open to ticketed members of the community and campus guests, this wil be a 75 minute teaching concert with no intermission. We'll all be talking together afterwards and on our ways home by a little before 9:00.

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Mansion Concerts, Harrisburg PA

October 7 @ 2:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mansion Concerts,
Harrisburg, PA 17101 United States
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I'm truly delighted at the prospect of coming to Harrisburg to teach an afternoon guitar workshop and offer an evening concert. Attendance is by invitation/reservation only. To request a reservation for this Fall, 2017 performance use the 'contact us' form at http://www.mansionconcert.com.

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Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse, Perkasie PA

November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Perkasie Mennonite Church,
320 W. Chestnut St.
Perkasie, PA 18969 United States
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This family-friendly coffeehouse is a part of the ministry of the Perkasie Mennonite Church and provides a welcoming place where people can enjoy fellowship and fine acoustic music in an intimate setting. The venue is handicapped accessible and a portion of the proceeds of their concerts support a different community service agency each month.

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