A powerfully gifted musician and a scholar of Black American music, Jake Blount speaks ardently about the African roots of the banjo and the subtle, yet profound ways African Americans have shaped and defined the amorphous categories of roots music and Americana. His 2020 album Spider Tales (named one of the year’s best albums by…

Johnny O'Neal wearing a suit and top hat playing the piano

Pianist Johnny O’Neal is an absolute jazz legend, one of the few still walking the earth. In addition to leading his own trios, He has worked with such jazz luminaries such as: Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Joe Pass, Lionel Hampton, Anita O’Day, Sonny Stitt, Carmen…

What does it mean to be of this place? What is your origin story here in Waterville? And where have you built bridges in your community? Join us for a participatory workshop to move, make, and create as we explore these questions connected to Of This Place, a performance project directed by Matthew Cumbie. In…