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Rock Picks: Dom Flemons plays Back Porch Music series in Durham

Dom Flemons brings a couple of centuries worth of musical knowledge to his stage show, which melds originals and vintage covers from a staggeringly wide array of folk, jazz, country, blues and Tin Pan Alley styles.
Dom Flemons brings a couple of centuries worth of musical knowledge to his stage show, which melds originals and vintage covers from a staggeringly wide array of folk, jazz, country, blues and Tin Pan Alley styles.

You could call Dom Flemons living history, except he’s always been a lot less stuffy and more fun than a description like that implies. With his old group Carolina Chocolate Drops and in his solo incarnation as the self-proclaimed “American Songster,” Flemons brings a couple of centuries worth of musical knowledge to his stage show, which melds originals and vintage covers from a staggeringly wide array of folk, jazz, country, blues and Tin Pan Alley styles. All that, and he is one heck of a sharp dresser. Flemons will play at Durham’s American Tobacco complex on Thursday, the final show of this summer’s WUNC Back Porch Music on the Lawn series. Also on the bill are South Carolina Broadcasters.

Showtime is 6 p.m. and it’s free. For details, see wunc.org.

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