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Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

2018 Riverfront Concert Series: Sombarkin’


Date: 6:30pm EDT June 28

Acclaimed a capella trio performs gospel, blues, jazz and Negro spirituals!

The a cappella sound of Sombarkin: Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett, Jr., and Jerome McKinney, a trio of vocalists whose sound is so well jelled it is amazing to discover just who is singing which part. The group uses the skill of vocal instrumentation and harmony to deliver an explosive performance of Negro spirituals, map (code) songs, folk, gospel, blues, and jazz. Their polyphonic technique is reminiscent of the ole time camp meetings, as well they deliver a contemporary soulful sound with surprising jazz licks and blues bends. Theirs is a transforming gospel crafted to impress the ear with the quality of an ensemble greater in number than the trio that stands before you!

Starr Center program manager and Riverfront Concert Series host Michael Buckley will provide brief commentary and some cultural context at each performance. A 20-year veteran of the music world, Buckley’s eclectic weekly radio program, Sunday mornings from 7-10 am on Annapolis-based WRNR, 103.1 FM (streaming live at wrnr.com), includes the popular interview series “Voices of the Chesapeake Bay.”

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Custom House lawn, 101 South Water Street, Chestertown.  The concerts are free—and so are the lemonade and cookies. Bring your own picnic, blankets and chairs and enjoy a magical musical evening with friends, family, and neighbors on the shores of the Chester River. For more information, visit starrcenter.washcoll.edu or contact Michael Buckley, 410-810-7156.

Additional support for the 2016 Riverfront Concert Series provided by Yerkes Construction, the Washington College Student Events Board (SEB), and the Kent County Arts Council.