Carroll Café hosts fabulous local, national, and international performers, mostly in the roots and folk traditions, on the second Friday of each month, October through June. It all happens at Seekers Church in Takoma DC. Details about the next show are below. Check out Upcoming Shows for the full schedule.
OCTOBER 13, 2017 • 7:30 PM
Reggie Harris and Ken Whiteley
A consummate musician and storyteller, Reggie Harris combines a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock, and pop music. Creative curiosity, years of road and stage experience, and interactions with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Jay Leno, Tom Paxton, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte, and others has led him to produce music that entertains and inspires. Reggie entertains audiences of any age and background as a singer, songwriter, educator, interpreter of history, and cultural advocate. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Smithsonian Institution, Reunion Arena in Texas, the Psalm Festival in Graz, Austria, and a myriad of theatre arts centers, festivals, universities, and schools.
“All of these evocative spirituals and freedom songs [in Get On Board: Underground and Civil Rights Freedom Songs, Volume 2 by Kim & Reggie Harris] will make you stop, listen, and wonder if we have, so many years and generations down the line, really advanced the cause of civil and human rights for all.”
—Mike Jurkovic, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected “roots” musicians. Drawing on his incredibly rich background in blues, gospel and folk styles, this 7 time Juno award nominee is always a wonderful addition to any festival or concert series. He has played at virtually every major folk festival in Canada and performed and recorded with such legends as Pete Seeger, John Hammond Jr., Tom Paxton, Blind John Davis, Stan Rogers, The Campbell Brothers, Guy Davis, Raffi, Linda Tillerey & the Cultural Heritage Choir and countless others. A prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and a powerful singer,Whiteley’s music communicates themes of freedom, love, spiritual aspiration and social comment. His performances are presented with particapatory humor, grace and energy.
“Wonderful, uplifting music, elemental in form and soul stirring in intent.”
— Greg Quill, The Toronto Star
His performing career began as a teenager in the 1960’s with brother Chris and friend Tom Evans as The Original Sloth Band. With the Sloths, Ken performed all over North America and appeared on Saturday Night Live with Leon Redbone. His collaborations with brother Chris (The Whiteley Brothers) and old friends Mose Scarlett and Jackie Washington (Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley) resulted in a wonderful collection of recordings, garnering high praise, successful tours and several awards. Ken’s most recent collaborations are Ken Whiteley and The Freedom Blues Band and Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band. Whether performing solo or playing with any of his large circle of musical friends, as one critic has said, “with Ken Whiteley our enjoyment is virtually assured.”
We invite you to enjoy delicious refreshments from the Café
at Carroll Café available before the show and at the intermission.
A changing choice of savories enough for a light meal, topped off with fabulous desserts and beverages, will add to the happiness of the concert experience! Always vegetarian, with some vegan and gluten-free options most months, all lovingly provided by Sandra.
Thank you for your support of Carroll Café.