September 16th., 1:00 p.m. at the Gathering Place



1:00 p.m. To kick off the new season. Refreshments and presentation of the season's programs.

1:30 p.m. Billy Stevens “Sincere Forms of Flattery: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music.”

Stevens has thirty years of professional performance experience speaking all over the world on the evolution and diversity of American popular music. He tours for the U.S. State Department and has presented his lecture/demonstration “The History of the Blues: The Roots of Rock and Roll" in more than forty countries including India, Kenya, Israel and Palestine. He has many years’ experience as a solo artist with a variety of bands. Stevens is a lecturer for NC Humanities Forum and holds an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi.