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February 10 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$20
Renowned Musician, Scholar of Black Roots Music Jake Blount at ArtPort
Catamount Arts presents award-winning musician and scholar of Black American music Jake Blount (pronounced “blunt”), Saturday, February 10th, at Catamount ArtPort, on Memorial Drive, in St. Johnsbury.
A gifted performer of spirituals, blues, and string band repertoire, Jake Blount has performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk series, at the Kennedy Center, and the Newport Folk Festival. 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” was named one of the year’s best albums by NPR and the New Yorker, and earned a perfect 5-star review from the Guardian. “Spider Tales” highlighted the Black and Indigenous histories of popular American folk tunes and revived songs unjustly forgotten in the whitewashing of the canon.
Blount’s new album, “The New Faith,” is a towering achievement of dystopian Afrofuturism and his first album for Smithsonian Folkways (released September 23, 2022). The new album represents a significant progression in Blount’s sound, utilizing his formidable skills as an acoustic musician as well as burgeoning affinities for electric guitar, looping, and digital processing. It’s spiritual music, filled with hope for salvation and righteous anger in equal measure.
Jake Blount’s music is rooted in care and confrontation. “The New Faith” envisions our worst fears on the shores of an island in Maine, where Blount enacts an imagined religious ceremony performed by Black refugees after the collapse of global civilization due to catastrophic climate change. On stage, each song highlights important elements about the stories we tell ourselves of our shared history and our endlessly complicated present moment. The more we learn about where we’ve been, the better equipped we are to face the future.
“Blount is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist, raves Katherine Proctor of the Los Angeles Times, “with a hauntingly gorgeous voice and a bottomless scholarly knowledge of American musical history.”
For tickets to see Jake Blount, at 7pm, Saturday, February 10th, at Catamount ArtPort, visit www.catamountarts.org, call 802-748-2600, or stop by Catamount’s pop-up box office in the Caplan’s Building on Railroad Street, in St. Johnsbury.