Williams College President Hosts Free Concert Featuring Renowned Folk Artist Dom Flemons

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., July 22, 2019—Celebrate summer with family, friends, and world-class live music on the campus of Williams College, where President Maud S. Mandel and her family will host a free outdoor concert featuring music by acclaimed folk artist Dom Flemons.

Open to all members of the community, the concert will be held on Monday, July 29, at 6 p.m. on the President’s House lawn.

Guests are welcome to bring picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs; however, large items such as tents or umbrellas are discouraged. In the event of inclement weather, please check the Williams College website for updates.

About Dom Flemons

Co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning folk group Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons is a music scholar, historian, and a multi-instrumentalist. A gifted banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones player, he is known as “The American Songster” since his musical repertoire covers over 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. He appeared as bluesman Joe Hill Louis on CMT’s original television show “Sun Records,” and he earned two Emmy nominations for his work for the PBS episode “Songcraft Presents Dom Flemons” and for the song “Good Ole Days” co-written with songwriter Ben Arthur. Flemons’ 2018 album titled “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” released on the Smithsonian Folkways label received a Grammy nomination for “Best Folk Album.” This recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map