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New York Guitar Festival Celebrates Greats Online


As for music music, The New York Guitar Festival (NYGF) provides a unique curation series online based on this year’s theme of “Reverend Gary Davis: In Search of the Harlem Street Singer.” Presented live on YouTube beginning May 4, the 12-song daily event pesents a diverse group of internationally recognized artists including Bill Frisell, Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, Fantastic Negrito, Jorma Kaukonen, Amythyst Kiah, Warren Haynes and others to explore the blind blues musician Rev. Gary Davis’s legacy. The performances debut on WNYC and on YouTube.

A Harlem street performer from the late ‘40s until his death in 1972, Davis was one of those figures in music history who never became famous, but was a legend to many superstar players. Overcoming poverty, discrimination and blindness, Davis made many recordings and festival appearances; he also taught students including David Bromberg and Bob Weir. Having been covered by The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Bob Dylan, Davis had a greater impact than anyone ever expected.

Performances include:

  • Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal - Monday, May 4th
  • Amythyst Kiah - Tuesday, May 5th
  • Fantastic Negrito  -Wednesday, May 6th
  • Bill Frisell - Thursday, May 7th
  • Dom Flemons - Friday, May 8th
  • Sonia de los Santos - Saturday, May 9th
  • Jorma Kaukonen - Sunday, May 10th
  • Kaia Kater - Monday, May 11th
  • Brandon Ross - Tuesday, May 12th
  • Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams -Wednesday, May 13th
  • Warren Haynes - Thursday, May 14th
  •  Larkin Poe - Friday, May 15th

In partnership with the New York Guitar Festival, WNYC’s “New Sounds — hosted by John Schaefer —will debut audio recordings of the full collection on May 4. Tune in nightly at 11pm - on the radio dial at 93.9FM or at or



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