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Music in the Gardens
Music Maker Revue: Boo Hanks, John Dee Holeman, Ironing Board Sam & Williette Hinton

Note: John Dee Holeman, previously scheduled to perform, will miss this concert for medical reasons. A full recovery is anticipated.

Piedmont Blues guitarist Lightnin’ Wells will fill in for Holeman. More info on Lightnin’ Wells here.


Music Maker Relief Foundation is a non-profit based in Hillsborough, NC dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of the blues gain recognition and meet their day-to-day needs. The organization is currently commemorating its 20th anniversary and, in celebration, has collaborated with Duke Performances’ Music on the Gardens for a fine series of multi-artist summer concerts.

Four exceptional artists, each of whom have been supported by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, appear on this this exclusive quadruple bill at Duke Gardens: Boo Hanks is a guitarist with “a smooth Piedmont style, reminiscent of Blind Boy Fuller” (Indy Week); eighty-six year old bluesman John Dee Holeman is a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award winner and National Heritage Fellow; Ironing Board Sam is an R&B singer and piano man who was, for many years, a New Orleans fixture and has, with the help of Music Maker, recently relocated to the Piedmont. These three musicians are joined by a fourth fine artist, “Carolina” Williette Hinton, “a buckdance master whose charisma is a match for his fancy footwork” (The Roanoke Star).

Music in the Gardens concerts take place rain or shine on the lawn behind the Gardens’ Visitor Center. Lawn chairs, picnics, and blankets are encouraged. Dogs are not allowed. Outside food and beverages, including beer and wine, are permitted and also will be available for purchase on-site. The lawn will open at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.

Music in the Gardens presentations are excluded from Pick-Four discount.
Duke Performances’ Music in the Gardens is made possible, in part, with support from Duke Continuing Studies, Duke Summer Session, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

  • Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 7:00pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens