Piedmont Blūz (Cranberry Coffeehouse)
Sat 16 May 7:30 pm to 9:30 pmSuggested donation $10
The Piedmont Blūz acoustic duo are ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking, and their mission is to help preserve these rural, East coast traditions by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. The husband and wife duo—Valerie and Ben Turner—are much loved wherever they go. They feel that “there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said” so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song. — www.piedmontbluz.com
Inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2018, the duo has been featured in numerous festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Clearwater Revival, and Brooklyn Folk Festival, to name a few. In addition to performing at a variety of domestic venues, Piedmont Blūz has traveled as far as Europe and the Middle East to share their music.
These tradition bearers have taught workshops at the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation and at Blues in the Gorge, and Valerie has additionally taught workshops at Augusta’s Blues & Swing Week and at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop.
They have also been guests on Horses Sing None Of It, The Blues Break with Big Joe Fitz, and Wes Houston Presents.
The Cranberry Coffeehouse encourages musicians, vocalists, story-tellers, and dancers of all ages and skill levels to share their talents during the Middle Set. Middle set performances are each limited to five minutes.