‘Father of the Blues’ Celebrated with Free Concert at N.C. History Center

Members of The Monitors to perform in Cullman Hall Thursday, Nov. 19

Members of The Monitors will perform a free concert celebrating the music of W.C. Handy (1873-1958), also known as the “Father of the Blues,” Thursday, Nov. 19. The concert will be held at the North Carolina History Center at 7 p.m. and seating begins at 6:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Bill Meyers and Robert “Dick” Knight from The Monitors will perform classics from Handy and other blues artists who demonstrate the power of this original American art form. Meyers and Knight will be accompanied by vocalist Sharon McLaughlin, who will also cover other early blues greats like Bessie Smith and Minnie McCoy.

This program is offered as part of the Tryon Palace African American Lecture Series, which offers a free, new program on the third Thursday of each month. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in Cullman Performance Hall and are free, thanks to a generous donation from the Harold H. Bate Foundation. Special hearing devices are available if needed. Contact Tryon Palace 48 hours in advance of the performance to make arrangements.