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Loading Dock Concert: Jake Blount (late show)

***Tonight's Loading Dock Concerts with Jake Blount will be held inside the Performance Space due to rain in the forecast.***

3S Artspace presents:
Loading Dock Concert Series - Jake Blount
Friday, August 26
Show time: 8pm - 9:15 LATE SHOW
All ages / Seated
Pay-what-you-choose table reservation (starting at $50 for up to 4 people)

About Jake Blount:

“An Afrofuturist in roots-music garb” —Ann Powers NPR

“On top of being wildly intelligent and knowledgeable, he's also a killer musician and it's an incredible combo.” —Rhiannon Giddens, RTÉ

Jake Blount is an award-winning musician and scholar based in Providence, RI. He is half of the internationally touring duo Tui, a 2020 recipient of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, and a two-time winner of the Appalachian String Band Music Festival (better known as Clifftop). A specialist in the early folk music of Black Americans, Blount is a skilled performer of spirituals, blues and string band repertoire. Blount has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Newport Folk Festival, and numerous other venues across and beyond the United States. He has presented his scholarly work at museums and universities including the Smithsonian Institution, Berklee College of Music and Yale University. His writing has appeared in Paste Magazine, No Depression, and NPR.

Blount enrolled at Hamilton College in 2013. He received his first banjo lessons from Dr. Lydia Hamessley the same fall, and started to structure a course of study around the early traditional music of Black communities in the United States. An electric guitarist since age twelve, Blount shifted his focus to string band music after taking up the banjo and fiddle. In the years that followed, Blount studied under modern masters of old-time music: Bruce Molsky, Judy Hyman (of the Horse Flies), and Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins (of the GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops).

Blount first achieved widespread recognition within the old-time scene when his band, The Moose Whisperers, claimed first place in the traditional band contest at Clifftop. Blount was the first Black person to make the finals in any category, and he has repeated the feat multiple times since. He launched his career in earnest in the summer of 2017: he received his B.A. in ethnomusicology and released his debut EP, Reparations, with Tatiana Hargreaves. The next three years saw the release of Tui’s Pretty Little Mister, Blount’s victory in the Clifftop banjo competition, and his selection both as a 2020 Strathmore Artist in Residence, and as a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2020.

Blount released his debut solo album, Spider Tales, on May 29, 2020 through Free Dirt Records. Produced by Jeff Claus and Judy Hyman (of the Horse Flies) and featuring Tatiana Hargreaves, Nic Gareiss, Rachel Eddy and Haselden Ciaccio, the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and received widespread critical praise. The Guardian declared it an "instant classic" and awarded it five out of five stars. Bandcamp selected it as Album of the Day, and it received positive coverage in NPR, Rolling Stone Country, Billboard Pride and AV Club. Spider Tales later appeared on "Best of 2020" lists from NPR, Bandcamp, The New Yorker, the Guardian, and elsewhere.

Blount has appeared on podcasts including Radiolab and Soundcheck. He regularly teaches fiddle and banjo at camps like the Augusta Heritage Center’s Old-Time Week, the Ashokan Center’s Old-Time Rollick, and Earful of Fiddle Music and Dance Camp.

Jake Blount plays a five-string Nathaniel Rowan fiddle and banjos made by Seeders Instruments and Renan Banjos.

CLICK HERE for the Loading Dock Concert Series lineup.

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Info about attending a Loading Dock Concert:

- Online reservations. We strongly encourage you to purchase your full table reservation or single ticket in advance of the show date. We have several pricing tiers for you to choose from for table reservations starting at $50— please know that the more you pay, the more funds are received by the artists— not just 3S. Thank you for supporting 3S and the artists.

- ***Single tickets may be purchased now as well for $15 per ticket! We have two Community Tables. Please note: if you purchase single tickets, you may be seated with other single ticket buyers at your table.***

- Full table reservations. Your table reservation seats up to 4 guests in your party. You will be able to pick your table once you arrive at 3S the day of the show on a first-come, first-served basis.

- Table service provided by Barrio. Order drinks and food from Barrio's full menu while you enjoy the show!

- Check-in. Check-in for the 6pm shows begins at 5:30pm. Check-in for the 8pm shows begins at 7:30pm. Barrio table service is available beginning at those check-in times.

- Two shows per night: one at 6pm and one at 8pm. After the 6pm show, we ask that visitors exit so we can clean the tables and prepare for the 8pm show. Thank you for understanding!

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Masks are not required during your visit to 3S Artspace, but you are always welcome to wear one!

By purchasing a ticket and/or visiting 3S, you are agreeing to follow 3S Artspace’s health & safety requirements as they are on the date of your visit (not at the time of purchase). There may be exceptions or changes to our requirements for upcoming events, based on factors such as artist requirements and public health mandates.

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Ticket purchases are non-refundable. In the event of a rain cancelation, ticket holders will be contacted with the option to carry over their purchase to another 3S event or to donate their purchase to 3S (we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so thanks for the support!).

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The Loading Dock Concert Series is generously supported by: Katzman Contemporary Projects, Kennebunk Savings, Portwalk Place, and Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel.

Additional support provided by: In The Black Business Solutions, LLC.

Thank you to our year-round Lead Sponsors: Raka and PixelMedia.

3S Artspace is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

3S Artspace is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan from the National Endowment for the Arts.