Just Summer: Dom Flemons

Live at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 8:00pm

"Black Cowboys places the important contributions and participation of African-American, Native American, and Mexican men and women into rightful historical context." - Stephanie P. Ledgin, Author of Discovering Folk Music

Dom Flemons is known as the American Songster, a Grammy Award-winning folk artist, and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. His new album, "Black Cowboys", on the Smithsonian Folkways label sheds a light on the music, culture, and the complex history of the golden era of the Wild West. The songs presented are meant to take the listener on an illuminating journey from the trails to the rails of the old west. This is a century old story that follows the footsteps of the thousands of African American pioneers that helped build the United States of America.

Just Summer is our family-friendly, casual summer series under the stars featuring a wide array of genre-bending artists. All Just Summer concerts will take place at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh's outside patio. Concert ticket prices are; $25 (cash bar available); $75, which includes a pre-concert, prix fixe family style dinner at 6:30PM plus a complimentary signature cocktail all prepared by Whitfield restaurant. (Tickets that include the dinner option are very limited and must be purchased in advance.)

About The Artist: 

Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. He is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones. He has performed with leading musicians, such as, Mike Seeger, Joe Thompson, Martin Simpson, Boo Hanks, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis. He has been a professional touring musician for the past ten years and has traveled around the nation and the world presenting traditional folk and roots music to diverse audiences. Flemons has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues, such as, Carnegie Hall, Cecil Sharp House, the Grand Ole Opry, the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Newport Folk Festival and represented the United States at the 2017 Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Malaysia.

In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops who have won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk in 2010. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014. In 2016 the Carolina Chocolate Drops were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and are featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.