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Coming up NXT: Music and history highlight Tri-State area events

Coming up NXT: Music and history highlight Tri-State area events

Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour

A lively historical interpretation of Frederick Douglass, portrayed by Nathan Richardson, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Richardson will speak on Douglass’ life as a slave, his escape to freedom and his rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist.

The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour is now entering its fifth season and growing in content and popularity across the United States. Richardson, a poet, author and spoken word performer, captures the physical and spiritual essence of the great writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, drastelli@wcmfa.org.

Hawktail brings its own brand of roots music to the Weinberg Center

FREDERICK, Md. — The acoustic quartet Hawktail will perform at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of, and may be purchased online at WeinbergCenter.org, by calling the box office at 301-600-2828, or in person at 20 W. Patrick St. Discounts are available for students, children, military and seniors.

For many years, Brittany Haas (fiddle), Paul Kowert (bass) and Jordan Tice (guitar) were known as a trio of America’s finest string players. They spent a decade stoking the fires of their passion project and forging their own brand of roots music — one grounded in timeless tradition, crafted by top-shelf musicianship and performed by jubilant comradery.

While recording an album they reached the conclusion that their sound was incomplete. Yearning for more rhythmic energy and robustness in the ensemble sound, they cut the tunes again with special guests on mandolin and percussion, before realizing they wanted to add a fourth member to round out the group.

They added a familiar face from the acoustic musician scene, Dominick Leslie, a versatile mandolinist. He offered a rhythmic backbone and another plectrum to balance the dueling bows of bass and fiddle. Leslie’s addition thickens the sound and tightens the groove, opening new creative doors for Hawktail.

A complete listing of artists and performers scheduled for the 2019-2020 season can be found at WeinbergCenter.org.

The Tap Pack to invade Luhrs Center

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — The Tap Pack, an elegant and entertaining nod to the Rat Pack era, will perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m.

The five-member cast features high-energy performances of mind-blowing tap dancing, smooth vocals, a swinging live jazz band, and witty on-stage banter. They joke, they compete, they croon, and they cajole while performing cool classics with a fresh twist.

Tickets range between $35 and $55. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 717-477-SHOW.

America’s Got Talent star coming to The Capitol Theatre

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Philly Plowden is bringing his comedic act to Chambersburg on Friday, Feb. 7. He has headlined a multitude of clubs, colleges, cruise ships and theaters.

Many people might recognize Plowden from regional and national TV commercials. He was featured on season 3 of America’s Got Talent and his super high-energy show is reminiscent of vintage Eddie Murphy without all the bad language.

The cost is $20 and includes light munchies and a cash bar.

For tickets, call the box office at 717-263-0202.

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