Blues at Timbuctoo delivers a generously spirited, deeply meaningful day of the Blues usually held at the home of abolitionist John Brown at the 270-acre John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid. This year however, we will be holding the event online. We couldn’t let a pandemic keep us from, as bluesman Jerry Dugger pleaded to a Lake Placid audience a few years earlier, “rebooting” a national conversation on race and what can and does connect us today.
Blues at Timbuctoo 2020 is a professionally recorded film of renowned vocalists, instrumentalists, performers, and storytellers. This year’s lineup includes co-founder Jerry Dugger filmed at the John Brown Farm, and performances filmed around NY by Michael Hill, Alexis P. Suter, Dave Keyes, Yacouba Sissoko, with Karl Schwarz and Ray Grappone.
The film will go live on November 10th on the John Brown Lives! YouTube channel and we are encouraging Covid safe watch parties as we join in celebration of the Blues and what unites us. An online screening and discussion panel will take place on Nov. 14th. Panelists include: Martha Swan, JBL! Exec. Director; Jerry Dugger, musician and co-founder of Blues at Timbuctoo, and Margaret Washington, Professor of American History at Cornell University; Moderator is Lavada Nahon, Culinary Historian with NYS Parks.
Registration required for the Nov. 14th event by clicking HERE. Hope you can join us!