Beneath Familiar Ground: Music and Narrative of Ancestral Discovery by Horace Scruggs

A small white church with arched windows sits under a dark canopy of trees while a photograph of Horace Scruggs, smiling and dressed in a black shirt and suit coat, sits at the top left corner
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
$12 adults, $10 Seniors/Students
General Admission

Fluvanna County's own musician, educator and filmmaker Horace Scruggs returns with another multimedia listening experience exploring how the lives of African-American ancestors impact the present. With a focus on personal storytelling, this newest presentation weaves music together with a compelling narrative of the historical importance of African-American faith, sacred spaces and cemeteries and investigates how these elements continue to shape American culture today. Musical performances include spirituals, gospel and jazz by Scruggs and singer Travis Smith, bassist Wilbert Harris and drummer Greg Brown.

Join Scruggs the next afternoon for a free screening of his latest documentary on the big screen. Journey along with him as he digs deep into local history, connecting with church members and community leaders to uncover and document the role of Fluvanna County's churches in providing for a newly emancipated population after the Civil War.

Multi-instrumentalist Horace Scruggs has worked as a professional musician since 1985. His extensive education in music includes studies at Longwood University, the Shenandoah Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Scruggs returns to PVCC to follow up on his series of past "learning and listening" concerts that traced the evolution of soul, gospel and music of the pre-civil war and civil rights eras.  

Main Stage Theatre, V. Earl Dickinson Building

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