Sparky and Rhonda Rucker “Let Freedom Ring!” Celebrating Black History Month.
The movements for justice have produced some of our most inspiring songs and stories. They trace the nation’s struggles from slavery and the Underground Railroad through the battles for women’s suffrage and workers’ rights into the civil rights movement. Sparky Rucker got his start in folk music during the movement, marching shoulder-to-shoulder with SNCC Freedom Singers Matthew and Marshall Jones and playing freedom songs at rallies alongside such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Bernice Reagon and Guy Carawan.
Internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author, Sparky accompanies himself with finger-style picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda is a children’s author, storyteller, songwriter and musician: blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones.
Sparky and Rhonda have performed at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and on NPR’s On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition.
“Sparky Rucker is unique! He’ll make you glad to be alive and struggling.” ~ Pete Seeger
Saturday, February 8, 8:00pm. The Mainstay: 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall, MD
$20 advance/ $25 at the door
Tuesday, February 11, 12:15-1:00pm. Brookletts Senior Center: 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton, MD
Presented by Carpe Diem Arts with support from the Talbot County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Dock Street Foundation, Edgewood Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Upper Shore Aging, and individual donors
Saturday, February 15, 11:00am-12:00pm. Easton Library: 100 W. Dover St., Easton, MD
Presented as part of the Fire & Ice Festival – with support from Friends of Talbot County Free Libraries and from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council
NOTE: Feb 11 & Feb 15 programs are free and open to the public.
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