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Old-time blues and storytelling set for Hoffman Center


The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a concert featuring old-time blues, Appalachian music, ballads, slave songs, spirituals and original music by Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. The concert is Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Admission will be a sliding scale $10-15 at the door.

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will present a concert of old-time blues music and storytelling March 29 at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will present a concert of old-time blues music and storytelling March 29 at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

 

The Ruckers perform throughout the U.S. and overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. They weave history, traditional storytelling, and humor into their concerts, and have been featured tellers at the International Storytelling Center and Festival.

 

The duo accompany themselves with finger-style picking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, piano, spoons, and bones.

 

Over 40 years of performing, the Ruckers have appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, as well as on NPR’s On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Their recording, Treasures & Tears, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.