Blues Artist At Willamette

Contemporary blues artist Alvin Youngblood Hart will perform Tuesday, Feb.19, at 7 p.m. in Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, on the Willamette University campus. His appearance, which coincides with Black History Month, is part of the on-going Contemporary American Singer Songwriter Series sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Hart, a resident of Memphis, will perform original work from his new CD on Ryko entitled, "Start With The Soul," as well from his previous releases, "Territory" (Ryko) and "Big Mamma's Door" (Sony).

He serves as a critical contemporary link in the chain of American roots music as it extends into the future. Three compilation albums to which Hart has contributed have been nominated for Grammy Awards. In addition, Hart won the 1997 W.C. Handy Award for Best New Artist as well as the Male Artist of the Year for Traditional Blues in 2000. Hart will also speak informally on "Thoughts About Singing and Writing the Blues," at the regular weekly University Convocation on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Like the Tuesday evening concert, this event is held in Cone Chapel and is free and open to the public.