Internationally acclaimed folk artists Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will perform “Heroes and Hard Times: A Black Folk Odyssey” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, in Frostburg State University’s Cook Chapel. The show is free and open to the public and appropriate for all audiences. No reservations are required, but arrive early, as space may be limited.
In recognition of Black History Month, the program weaves together a tale of the indomitable spirit of African Americans. The Ruckers take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Br’er Rabbit tale and Sparky’s witty commentaries on current events. Overall, the performance is a journey through 400 years of African-American cultural and folk history, including old-time blues, Appalachian music, slave songs, Civil War music, spirituals, work songs, ballads, Civil Rights songs and Sparky Rucker’s own compositions. Longtime residents of East Tennessee, the Ruckers incorporate much Appalachian regional lore into their rich performance repertoire.
This event is sponsored by FSU's Folklore and Folklife Programming, African American Studies Program, United Campus Ministry, 91.9 WFWM and the Allegany Arts Council. For more information, contact Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas at (301) 687-3124.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.