Blues: The Foundation of American Music with American Roots Performer Daryl Davis

  • April 19, 2017 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Silver Spring Civic Buildng
  • 24 people are going
  • Lisa Martin

SSTCi's Film & Lecture Series
Blues: The Foundation of American Music presented by American Roots Performer Daryl Davis
with a special Blues Reception hosted by El Golfo
Wednesday, April 19th at 7pm
Silver Spring Civic Building
Join us for our next Film & Lecture Series Blues: The Foundation of American Music with American Roots Performer Daryl Davis Wednesday, April 19th in the Silver Spring Civic Building. In celebration of our upcoming Silver Spring Blues Week & Blues Festival, the event will begin at 7pm with a special Blues Reception hosted by El Golfo. The presentation will immediately follow at 7.30pm. 
This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome. Please confirm your space at [email protected]

Daryl Davis will present a lecture on one of America's first homegrown and most influential styles of music in the history of this country: The Blues.  Davis will demonstrate and discuss the origins of the Blues and how they came to be the foundation of just about every genre of popular American music from Jazz, Boogie Woogie and Swing, to Country, Soul and Rock'n'Roll.  Complete with live demonstrations, recorded music and videos, attendees will leave with a greater appreciation for the difference between singing a Blues song and singin' The Blues.
About the Presenter
daryl davisChicago native Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University, with a degree in Jazz. Outside of school, he was personally trained by legendary Blues, Boogie Woogie and Rock&Roll pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson who both claimed him as their godson and praised his ability to master a piano style that was popular long before he was born. In addition to being a pianist and vocalist, Daryl is also a professional actor, author, and lecturer, now residing in Maryland. Apart from leading The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Elvis Presley's Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Sam Moore, Nappy Brown and many others. Daryl's CDs have received rave reviews from leading music magazines, and he has won several WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) Awards for Best Artist in the Roots and Blues categories. Daryl has tours nationwide and internationally. His Greatest Hits CD is his latest release.

A man once told Daryl, he'd never seen a Black man play piano like Jerry Lee Lewis. Daryl explained, they both learned from black Blues and Boogie Woogie pianists. The man found it hard to believe in the black origin of the music but became a regular fan of Daryl's. Turns out, he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. This experience led to Daryl becoming the first black author to travel the country interviewing KKK leaders and members. His experiences are detailed in his book, Klan-Destine Relationships and the newly released award-winning documentary Accidental Courtesy. As an actor, Daryl has appeared on the stage, the big screen and television. He also played a role in the critically-acclaimed and awarded television show The Wire.

Davis served as the Artistic Director for Blues Week
 at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA for three years and as Artistic Coordinator for Blues Week at Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV for three years.

El Golfo
To help us gear up for Silver Spring Blues Week and the Blues Festival, El Golfo is generously hosting a special Blues Reception at 7.30pm. Everyone Welcome! 
He is the recipient of numerous awards for his music and work in race relations and is often seen and heard on cable and network television and radio as a race relations expert. Today, Daryl resides in Montgomery County, Maryland.

For more information, please visit 
FREE & Everyone Welcome!

Please confirm your attendance as space is limited.


  • April 19, 2017 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Silver Spring Civic Buildng
  • 24 people are going
  • Lisa Martin

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