Smithsonian Folkways And The Arhoolie Foundation Celebrate The 60th Anniversary Of The Iconic Arhoolie Records And The 25th Anniversary Of The Arhoolie Foundation With A Free Virtual Concert On December 10

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This December, Smithsonian Folkways and the Arhoolie Foundation will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Arhoolie Records and the 25thanniversary of the Arhoolie Foundation with new digital offerings, a new dedicated Bandcamp page for the label, and a free virtual concert on Thursday, December 10, at 5:00pm PST/8:00pm EST featuring Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Ry Cooder, and more. Founded in 1960 by Chris Strachwitz, and acquired by Smithsonian Folkways in 2016, Arhoolie has become synonymous with 20th-century blues, zydeco, Tejano, and many other popular folk styles of the 20th century, influencing multiple generations of musicians across numerous genres. The label released historic albums by Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, and Mississippi Fred McDowell, among countless other revered singers and musicians. // Continue to the full article
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