Virtual Concerts with Jonathan Blanchard

The Multicultural Education Resource Team (MERT) is pleased to share that we’ve received a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission to host two virtual concerts this spring. Both feature musician, historian, and educator Jonathan Blanchard, who uses music and the arts to explore historical events and social issues. He’ll offer a Q&A following each concert.

MARCH 16, 6 p.m. – Spirituals to Hip-Hop. A musical journey celebrating African American Music from its inception. The Negro Spiritual serves as the inspiration and the spring board for exploring other genres like Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Funk and Hip-Hop.

APRIL 6, 6 p.m. – Music that fueled the Civil Rights Movement. From Billie Holiday to Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin, from Curtis Mayfield and Sly Stone to Gil Scott-Heron, Marvin Gaye, the iconic music was an essential component of the movement, capturing the vitality and idealism necessary to fuel dangerous marches, sit-ins, picket lines and freedom rides.

Links for both concerts will be posted on before each event.