Symposium, concert to honor Blues legend Reverend Gary Davis

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jorma Kaukonen will headline a Nov. 17 tribute concert and symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill in honor of blues legend Reverend Gary Davis.

The Southern Folklife Collection and the Friends of the Library are sponsoring the evening devoted to Davis, whose finger-style guitar playing influenced musicians such as Blind Boy Fuller, Taj Mahal and Bob Dylan.

The 7:30pm concert will feature musicians who studied with Davis or were directly inspired by him, including Hot Tuna and former Jefferson Airplane member Jorma Kaukonen, Stefan Grossman, and Ernie Hawkins. Tickets to the concert can be purchased from the Carolina Union Box Office.

At 5:30 p.m., a free public symposium in Wilson Library will feature blues scholar Elijah Wald, who will give a keynote lecture on Davis’s life and music. A panel discussion at 6:30 will include Kaukonen, Grossman and Hawkins.

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Published November 13, 2011.