Harriet Tubman & the Songs of Freedom

Harriet Tubman & the Songs of Freedom 2017-05-18T10:26:52+00:00

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Acclaimed jazz musician and composer Marcus Shelby comes from California to perform original music inspired by Harriet Tubman’s life.  The public is invited to hear him perform “Harriet Tubman and the Songs of Freedom” on Saturday, May 20 from 7pm to 9pm at Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery, 4225 New Bridge Rd. in Vienna, MD. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner if you like, and enjoy an evening of amazing music! Wine will be available for purchase.

The concert will include spirituals and freedom songs, as well music that Shelby composed for his Harriet Tubman suite.  Shelby has extensively researched and developed music that pays homage to Harriet Tubman, inspired in part by her use of music to communicate secretly as she led her missions to freedom. Her musical tools included field cries, works songs, and spirituals. Shelby has created original compositions, rearranged and re-orchestrated spirituals, freedom songs and blues songs that illuminate the history and story of Harriet Tubman. Listen to samples of the music.

The quartet features Tiffany Austin on vocals, Gaea Schell on piano, Tim Angulo on drums, and Marcus Shelby on bass/speaker.

Tickets cost $10 per person at the door. The event is sponsored by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. All proceeds from this event benefit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center.

In case of bad weather, the concert will be moved to the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High St., in Cambridge, MD. Watch for updates on the Harriet Tubman Byway’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

While you’re at Layton’s Chance Winery for the show, try the special commemorative wine the winery created in honor of Harriet Tubman. “FREEDOM” is an off-dry blended red wine made from grapes that were native to the area during the Harriet Tubman era. The label features an image of Harriet Tubman.

ADDRESS: 4225 New Bridge Rd., Vienna, MD

Marcus Shelby courtesy of KQED