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(READING, PA) – Throughout Piedmont and Appalachians, there have existed for centuries, shared musical traditions that were equally popular among rural blacks and whites.

The Reading Area Community College’s Miller Center for the Arts presents “Country Blues and Dance” Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Center for the Arts (4 N. Second St., Reading, Pennsylvania).

This program explores the roots and connections of these regional rural music and dance traditions as expressed in the artistry of contemporary masters of tradition. The program will feature harmonica wizard and 2017 National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins and his blues house party ensemble featuring the dancing of internationally touring artist Junious Brickhouse, and North Carolina songsters extraordinaire, the Harris Brothers in a celebration of Piedmont and Appalachian music and urban dance.

“…the audience will see the juxtaposition of African-American and white musical traditions — and, most unusually, their connections to the urban dance traditions leading up to present day hip-hop,” Susan L. Pena/Reading Eagle Correspondent

Tickets are $32 adults; $15 students, $27 members. Call the Miller Center box office at 610-607-6270 or visit the website.

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