Blues artist to perform Feb. 16 to help hurricane victims – The Robesonian




Jumbo Arts International, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Robeson County Public Library are sponsoring a benefit concert on Feb. 16 featuring blues singer, songwriter and educator Scott Ainslie.

LUMBERTON — Three local institutions will be collaborating on Feb. 16 for a benefit concert featuring blues singer, songwriter and educator Scott Ainslie.

Jumbo Arts International, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Robeson County Public Library will hold the concert at 3:30 p.m. in the Osterneck Auditorium in Lumberton.

Ainslie is a award-winning acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, author and educator. He learned southern old-time ballads, banjo and fiddle from senior musicians in North Carolina and West Virginia and blues from his black elders in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi. On stage, in educational teaching concerts, workshops and school residencies, Ainslie has explored the African and European roots of American music and culture.

He is donating his time and skills to the concert to help victims of Hurricane Florence. A diverse, community-based committee will work together with local organizations to quickly get money raised to where it can help the most.

“I lived in North Carolina for nearly 20 years, raised my sons and developed personal contacts with my blues and gospel elders there,” Ainslie said. “My personal connection to the state, and to people who have repeatedly lost everything to flooding from hurricanes, prompted me to suggest a benefit performance to raise their spirits and money for their recoveries.”

The Valentine’s Day weekend concert has ticket donation levels named for hearts. Single Big Heart donations are $25, and groups can buy five tickets for $100. Individuals and businesses can donate at sponsorship levels of Red Heart, $125; Silver Heart, $200; and Gold Heart, $300. Details for all donation levels are on the eventbrite.com page. There also will be a sponsorship pre-concert wine reception during which participants can meet Ainslie.

“The blues have always been a music of survivors. That strong spirit of survival is the inspiration for the music and for this benefit concert,” Ainslie said. “It will feature music from around North Carolina and the deeper South, work songs, blues, spirituals and four instruments, including guitars, an African-style fretless gourd banjo and a one-string, homemade cigar box guitar.”

For more information, contact Jumbo Arts International through its Facebook page or website at JumboArtsInternational.org.

Information also can be had by calling the UNCP Office for Diversity and Inclusion at 910-522-5790.

Jumbo Arts International, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Robeson County Public Library are sponsoring a benefit concert on Feb. 16 featuring blues singer, songwriter and educator Scott Ainslie.

Concert on Feb. 16 aims to raise people affected by the storm



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