by Jeff Adams, Executive Director-North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
The Bee Eaters
Brother-sister duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, long known and lauded by those steeped in the American fiddle tradition, are joined by hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman. Together, they weave a tapestry of sound all their own, drawing on roots in bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and old-time traditions. While today’s new breed often produces an amalgamation of sounds and styles based on a distant view, The Bee Eaters were raised embedded in these traditions raised to mold, meld, shape them and carry them forward, leaving their own indelible marks in the process. With Tashina’s delicate fiddle and Tristan’s grounding cello wrapped around Simon, ethereal dulcimer, they have created a never-before-heard sound in American music. No tricks. No pyrotechnics. Three instrumental voices, united in their musical exploration. www.beeeaters.com
Valentine Erotique 2015
Friday the 13th of February, 2015 * 7:30 pm show, 6:30 pm doors open
Almost Hereditary: The Roots of Racism with Bill Drake
In honor of Black History Month, Bill Drake will present "Almost Hereditary: The Roots of Racism in My Southern Family", a rich presentation with stories, readings, poems, and slides. The readings will be from the diary of Bill's great-great-grandmother whose sons fought in the Civil War and whose family owned slave plantations in Mississippi. Bill will share how racism was passed down his family lineage. Like his mother before him, he grew up in what was called the "Jim Crow era" a time of extreme segregation in the South. As a child he was taught to believe in white supremacy, a concept he rejected after two pivotal experiences during his late teenage years. He is the co-founder of Creating Communities Beyond Bias, which offers workshops for students related to unlearning prejudice. Revised copies of his book Almost Hereditary: A White Southerner‚ Journey Out of Racism, A Guide for Unlearning and Healing Prejudice will be available for sale and signing. The event is a benefit for NCSCC.