All ages are welcomed to join Seattle songsters Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons for an interactive evening of American roots music at Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE). Participants will hear a range of styles—from fiddle tunes to blues and jazz—while they learn about the history of Juneteenth (June 19) and the emancipation from slavery through the lens of classic songs.
The Duo’s award-winning performances are highlighted by story-telling that, rather than bringing the past to life, vividly shows how the past still lives in the present. Through their songs, audiences witness current issues crop up again and again in folk songs, dance tunes, acoustic blues, and prison ballads. Ben & Joe bounce easily from fiddle & banjo breakdowns to a cappella field hollers, and from early jazz to gospel songs featuring Piedmont guitar style and rattlin’ bones.
With the same versatility that won them the International Blues Challenge in 2016, and allowed them to record with National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins, the duo celebrates the ways Americans have triumphed over oppression through the vitality of their art. Audiences walk away from Ben & Joe’s concerts and workshops inspired to learn more of their own history, and engage more deeply with their communities.