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Native Warner Williams is a Recipient of the 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award
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Native Warner Williams is a Recipient of the 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award

 

As a recipient of a 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, Piedmont blues musician Warner Williams, will be honored in Washington, DC in September 2011.

 

A life-long Maryland resident, Mr. Williams grew up in a musical family in Takoma Park and began performing in public in his teens, first on the streets of DC and later at city night spots. While working for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and raising his family, Williams continued to play music at house parties, social events, church functions, and local clubs. Now retired, Warner brings the Piedmont blues to schools, blues clubs, and folk festivals with his musical partner and harmonica player Jay Summerour.

 

Mr. Williams will be honored at a Capitol Hill Awards Ceremony on September 21 at 5:00 p.m. and participate in the National Heritage Fellowships Concert at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 23, 2011 at 8 p.m. At this concert, Mr. Williams will perform and demonstrate his renowned skills as a Piedmont blues songster.

 

This concert will be webcast live at 8 p.m. EST on Friday, September 23, 2011.

 

 

 

The above information is courtesy of NEA's Public Affairs Office Liz Stark

 

 

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