Bull City Soul Revival

Check out Bull City Soul Revival–a collaborative initiative of musicians, scholars, historians and Durham citizens that explores and shares the rich history of the soul and R&B music tradition in Durham.  Upcoming events include Dr. Bruce Bridges’ talk on 04/19 about toasts and humor in African-American music, an exhibit on Durham’s soul music history that opens with a panel discussion on Thursday, 04/19, and a concert on 04/27 headlined by The Beast (hip-hop fusion band fronted by UNC professor Pierce Freelon).

“Soul Souvenirs: Durham’s Musical Memories of 1960s and 1970s” tells the story of Durham’s soul music history through rare photographs, records, articles from the Carolina Times, and other ephemera. The exhibit’s creators believe that Durham’s soul music represents an important but neglected chapter in the city’s cultural history. Yet “Soul Souvenirs” is not only about music. The exhibit will also touch on radio and television, record stores and night clubs, local high schools and churches, and even the civil rights and black power movements of the era. In short, this exhibit tells the story of Durham’s African American community in the 1960s and 1970s.  Please join us at the St. Joseph’s Hayti Heritage Center in Durham (804 Old Fayetteville Street) on Thursday, April 19 at 7PM for the public opening of “Soul Souvenirs.” The evening will also feature a panel discussion, moderated by exhibit curator and local soul collector Jason Perlmutter, with Durham musicians like Peter Joyner (The Jammers, Jr. Walker & The Allstarts) and Charles Bailey (The Black Experience Band).   You can see the Facebook invite for the exhibit opening here: https://www.facebook.com/events/325987694123791/

Here’s a link to the overall Bull City Soul Revival programming: http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org/bcsr.php