Fubuki Daiko

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information.

Japanese Drumming

In ancient Japan, Taiko drums were used to frighten invaders, inspire troops in battle, and call the gods. The core members of this spirited group have more than 25 years of Japanese Taiko drumming experience that is part martial arts athleticism, part dance, and all rhythm.

Carrie Newcomer with Gary Walters

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information.

The Point of Arrival

Known for emotionally intimate songs that explore the personal, political, and spiritual with compassion, insight, and wit, American singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer has become a mainstay on the contemporary folk scene. With her warm yet assertive voice guiding her songs, she has embraced stylistic elements of acoustic folk and folk-rock.

Corey Harris Band

Acoustic Delta Blues

Corey Harris is leading a revival of Country Blues with a fresh and modern appeal. A powerful and compelling singer and an accomplished guitarist, his musical artistry is complemented by reflective explorations of the historical and cultural circumstances that gave rise to the blues. Over the years, he has performed, recorded and toured with many blues legends such as B.B. King and Taj Mahal.

Nigel North

J.S. Bach Concert for Lute

British musician Nigel North has been acknowledged by critics in the U.S. and around the world as the foremost interpreter of J.S. Bach on the lute. A master on this technically demanding, “ancient” instrument, North has dazzled audiences everywhere with his subtle and intriguing interpretations of classical repertoire.

Billy Edd Wheeler and Friends

Memories through Songs

As a kick-off for the 2019 Celebration of Traditional Music weekend, Appalachian musicians Billy Edd Wheeler and Doug Orr, as well as the Whitewater Bluegrass Company and others, will perform favorite pieces and share their stories in an unforgettable gathering on the Phelps Stokes stage.

The Sweet Remains

Folk Rock Harmonies

Driven by three gifted singer-songwriters’ forceful lyrical and melodic writing, the music of the Sweet Remains appeals to fans of contemporary folk-rockers such as Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, and John Mayer. It is their lush three-part harmonies, however, that set them apart from musicians of the 1960s and 1970s.

Red Molly

One for All and All for One

Known for beautiful harmonies, infectious songwriting, and captivating stage presence, Red Molly weaves together the threads of American music—from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky-tonk—as effortlessly as they blend their lovely voices into their signature three-part harmonies.


Classical Irish Music

Steeped in the music of northwest Ireland, Dervish is renowned for dazzling live performances with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. The band includes Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola, mandolin), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhran) and Tom Morrow (fiddle).

Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band

Standing on Faith

Following in the footsteps of Clifton Chenier, “King of Zydeco,” Texas-born Ledet was heavily influenced by southwest Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun culture and music. Staying true to the roots of Zydeco, he has incorporated many other influences, such as blues, funk, reggae, R&B, gospel, and pop to create his unique style.

Farah Siraj

World Peace Music

Named Jordan’s Musical Ambassadress, virtuoso Farah Siraj performs original compositions, fusing influences of Middle Eastern music, flamenco, jazz, Bossa nova and pop with lyrics in Arabic, Spanish and English. A humanitarian, she has toured many countries, spreading a message of peace through her music.