Launched online last year, the in-person festival celebrates the Black origins of early American music.After debuting online last year, a Fort Worth celebration of the Black origins of early American music is returning, this time in person. At Southside Preservation Hall on Saturday, about a dozen Black musicians will perform songs from traditional genres such as old-time, string band, jug band, ragtime and early blues and jazz as part of the Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival.
The lineup will include fiddler Justin Robinson, formerly of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops; banjo player Kaia Kater, a Juno Award nominee for contemporary roots album of the year; and banjo player Jake Blount, a recipient of the 2020 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
It’s a program of the Fort Worth nonprofit Decolonizing the Music Room, which supports Black, brown, Indigenous and Asian voices in music education to challenge the dominance of white Western traditions in the field. Fort Worth teacher and musician Brandi Waller-Pace, who founded the group in 2019, will perform at the festival.
DetailsSaturday from noon to 10 p.m. at Southside Preservation Hall, 1519 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth, fwaamusicfest.com
SOURCE- Dallas News