“American Songster” Dom Flemons returns to Owensboro this Friday night, thanks to a partnership between the RiverPark Center and the Daviess County Public Library. Dom was recently at the International Bluegrass Museum for their fundraiser in November and has played at ROMP several years as part of the crowd-favorite Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson. Friday night he will be performing at the RiverPark Center.
What can fans expect at this show? Flemons pulls from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. According to his website bio, Dom says he would like to use the traditional forms of music he has heard and immersed himself in over the years to create new soundscapes that generate interest in old-time folk music. Focusing very much on creating music that is rooted in history but taking a contemporary approach, Dom hopes to reexamine what traditional music can become. A multi-instrumentalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. He says that he incorporates his background in percussion to his banjo playing. Dom’s banjo repertoire includes not only clawhammer but also tenor and three-finger styles of playing.
In 2014, DCPL partnered with RPC to bring in actor\author Greg Sestero. “We had such a wonderful experience with RPC that when this opportunity came about to host Dom Flemons, I knew right away I wanted to partner with them again,” said Leslie McCarty, Kentucky Room Manager at DCPL. “RPC has a wonderful facility, and the staff is a pleasure to work with. I am very glad that they are open to having different kinds of artists and authors.”
Roxi Witt, Executive Director of the RiverPark Center, echoed that same enthusiasm. “RiverPark Center is excited to again partner with the Daviess County Public Library to bring a talented artist like Dom Flemons to our community. The Carolina Chocolate Drops were such a huge hit at ROMP, we are honored to host one of their founding members and believe that the audience will enjoy every note!”
Dom’s performance is this Friday, March 20th @7PM. Tickets are $15, children under 2 are free.
Details can be found at http://riverparkcenter.com/event/dom-flemons-in-concert/