Corey Harris Performs Acoustic Blues

Posted on 1/28/2014 9:20:41 AM

For the next offering to its Ovations! series, the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will feature a performance by renowned guitarist, songwriter, and performer Corey Harris. This one-night-only event will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall.

Beginning with his 1995 recording “Between Midnight and Day,” Harris has explored acoustic, rural blues styles with increasing success. Subsequent recordings, such as “Greens from the Garden” and “Mississippi to Mali,” reflect Harris’s reinterpretations of the African influences on American blues through ethnographic research and musical collaborations in Mali, Guinea, and elsewhere.

He has demonstrated boundless expressive power of blues music by weaving traditional styles together with elements from jazz, reggae, gospel, and Afro-Caribbean folk music. Maturing from interpreter to composer, his compositions spark renewed interest in the musical potential of the blues. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, he blends musical styles often considered separate and distinct to create something entirely new for the 21st century.

Corey Harris received a BA from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Since then, he has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L. Burnside, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant, and others.

In 2003, Harris was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese film Feel Like Going Home, which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern U.S. In 2007, Harris won the MacArthur Fellowship Award and was granted an honorary doctoral degree in music from Bates College.

Tickets for this February 5 event are available now at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or online at They can also be purchased by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 257-1313. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door 45 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $20 for regular admission, $16 for senior citizens and groups, and $12 for students and children.

The Ovations! Series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually. Find out more by calling (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mailing


Corey Harris

Corey Harris

February 5, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall

Corey Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout North America, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

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