NOTE: Carolina Theatre reports that the Fairfield Four show has been canceled.
When they began singing a capella spiritual music at Nashville’s Fairfield Baptist Church in 1921, the Fairfield Four could not have imagined a legacy of nearly 100 years that would include Grammy awards and a reputation as one of the most important gospel quartets in the African-American tradition. Radio had not yet come to the South, and films were silent. Yet, by the late 1920s, the quartet’s performances would become legendary on Nashville’s 50,000-watt WLAC radio station. And in 2000, the group was featured on the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers classic film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
On Thursday, the Fairfield Four will “hold church” at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. They will be joined by the McCrary Sisters, daughters of the Rev. Samuel McCrary, a founding member of the Fairfield Four. More info at carolinatheatre.org.
- Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops performs Friday night in Duke’s Page Auditorium.
- Country star Luke Bryan rolls into Walnut Creek Amphitheatre for shows Friday and Saturday. Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch will also perform.
- Also Saturday, folk musician Happy Traum offers a fingerstyle guitar workshop and concert at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Go to artscenterlive.org for information. And Chapel Hill’s Shady Grove Band plays a free show from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Raleigh Rose Garden as part of the Live and Local: Bluegrass Festival. Bluegrass gospel group Damascus Ridge opens the show at 5. More info at: hillsboroughstreet.org/bluegrass2015.