Hamilton College presents virtual concert with Jake Blount

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CLINTON — Hamilton College Performing Arts will open the spring semester with a virtual concert featuring old-time musician Jake Blount at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

Blount is an award-winning banjoist, fiddler and singer based in Providence, R.I. He is a 2020 recipient of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize. Blount specializes in the music of Black communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of the Finger Lakes.

A versatile performer, Blount integrates blues, bluegrass, and spirituals into the old-time string band tradition. He foregrounds the experiences of queer people and people of color in his work. His teachers include Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Molsky, and Judy Hyman. A graduate of Hamilton College, Blount received his first banjo lessons from Lydia Hamessley.

Blount’s first full-length solo album, Spider Tales, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and received positive coverage from NPR, Rolling Stone, and Billboard, among others, and earned five out of five stars as The Guardian’s Folk Album of the Month.

This concert is free via Zoom. Advance registration is required. For the link, visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts, call 315-859-4350 or email mreiserm@hamilton.edu for more information.

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