WAMFEST 2013: The Appalachian Heritage
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The Appalachian Heritage
This year's event is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the ongoing generosity of Bob and Patricia Pures. Additional funding has been provided from Investors Bank, Madison, NJ and Gourmet Dining.
The series of 5 events (one on the Hackensack campus and four on the Madison campus) occur over three days [October 28-30, 2013] and are designed to celebrate the contributions of Appalachia to American culture past and present, while highlighting the need to protect the heritage and mountains that gave birth to these arts. The event is inspired by the work of two significant people separated by nearly a century: Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a premiere collector of Appalachian Songs and preserver of Appalachian early 20th century culture, and Joe Lovett, the contemporary pioneering environmental lawyer who has fought to end mountain-top removal coal mining in Appalachia and around the country.
Featured Artists and Performances
Metropolitan Campus, Hackensack, NJ Event:
10/28/13, 7:00pm-8:30pm, The Origins: A Conversation and Performance with legendary banjo player Tony Trischka, Blue Highway's Guitarist Tim Stafford, National Heritage Award Winner Jesse McReynolds and blue grass musician Steve Thomas. These Grammy-nominated artists, among the very best in the world, will be joined by special guest performers, and will be hosted by Wesley Stace (formerly John Wesley Harding) and Carol Beaugard. Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus, Hackensack, New Jersey.
10/29/13, 1:00pm-4:00pm, A Part of the History: A Screening of John Sayles' Oscar Nominated Film Matewan followed by a Discussion with Producer Maggie Renzi and Production Designer Nora Chavooshian. This is the 25th anniversary of the release of one of the most important films in American history, which documents the shockingly violent labor disputes surrounding the coal mining industry in West Virginia in the 1920s. Dreyfuss Building, Room 125, Madison, New Jersey.
10/29/13, 7:00pm-9:00pm, The Politics of Coal: Environmental Advocate Joe Lovett of Appalachian Mountain Advocates interviewed by Award-winning Journalist, Bob Hennelly.
The Folk Song: A Conversation and Performance with Loudon Wainwright III, Grammy Winning Folk Singer/Actor in "Knocked Up", "The 40 Year Old Virgin", "Big Fish" and other major films. Hosted by Wesley Stace (formerly John Wesley Harding). Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, Madison, New Jersey.
10/30/13, 2:00pm-3:30pm, Two Voices, Singing: A Historic Conversation and Performance with Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter Rosanne Cash and National Book Award and MacArthur "Genius" Prize Winning Poet C.D. Wright. Dreyfuss Theater, Madison, New Jersey.
10/30/13, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Songs, Stories and All That Jazz: The Tradition Continues: A Conversation and Performance with Bascom Lunsford's Grandniece and Singer/Songwriter Tomi Lunsford and celebrated Songwriter/Story-Teller David Olney.
Barbecue with An Appalachian Music Gathering and Open-Jam hosted by The Folk Project, featuring a number of very special guests. Join in!!! Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, Madison, New Jersey.
All the events will be hosted by David Daniel, WAMFEST founder and Director of the FDU Creative Writing Program and Wesley Stace (formerly John Wesley Harding) songwriter, performer, novelist and WAMFEST artist-in-residence. Each will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Doors open 45 minutes prior to each event and all are general admission.
All venues are wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. Other accomodations require notification by October 18, 2013 by calling Kim Dennison at 973-443-8744 or Kim Diccianni at 201-692-2219.
Performances are subject to change at the discretion of the event organizers. No refunds or cancellations are permitted.
For all of the latest information on the event, please see the WAMFEST Blog at:
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus at Hackensack and College at Florham Campus at Madison
285 Madison Avenue
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Creative Writing Programs
WAMFEST is an annual series hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences and its Creative Writing Programs. It brings successful artists of various genres and media to the New Jersey campuses to inspire and inform students who hope to one day follow in these artists’ creative footsteps. The festival is designed to celebrate the literary qualities of popular music and to break down the barriers between the community and academia, bridging the gap between the literature in universities and the literature of the people. Past guests have included Bruce Springsteen, Rosanne Cash, Eugene Mirman, Mark Morris, Talib Kweli and Keorapetse Kgositsile. For more information on the Creative Writing Programs at FDU, please visit their website:
WAMFEST Blog for Up to Date Information: http://wamfest.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/wamfest-2013-the-appalachian-heritage/