October 16, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Renowned Delta blues and reggae artist Corey Harris and The Rasta Blues Experience will perform in concert on Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Bucknell University's Homecoming festivities. Tickets are not required; seating will be first-come, first-served.

The concert is also part of a weekend of activities celebrating the public launch of the largest comprehensive campaign in the University's history.

Corey Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout North America, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2003 Harris was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese film, "Feel Like Going Home," which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern U.S.

In 2007, he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship — commonly referred to as a "genius award" — from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The annual grant, which recognizes individuals from a wide range of disciplines who show creativity, originality and commitment to continued innovative work, described him as an artist who "forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism."

Harris began his career as a New Orleans street singer, travelling throughout the southern U.S. In his early 20s he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music.

His 1995 recording, Between Midnight and Day, is a tribute to the tradition of acoustic blues. Subsequent recordings, such as Greens From the Garden (1999), Mississippi to Mali (2003), and Daily Bread (2005) show his maturation from interpreter to songwriter.

He has performed, recorded and toured with many of the top names in music including BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, and Natalie Merchant.

Additional recordings include Fish Ain't Bitin' (1996), Vu-Du Menz (with Henry Butler, 2000), Downhome Sophisticate (2002), Zion Crossroads (2007), and blu black (2010).

For more information about Homecoming festivities, visit www.bucknell.edu/Homecoming2012

Contact: Division of Communications

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