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Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Martin Luther King Day of Service & Concert


Date: 5:30pm EST January 21

A Special Starr Center Concert Event with the M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio

The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience welcomes the M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio for a special Martin Luther King Day concert. An M.S.G. concert is not just a performance, but an event where everyone can participate and share in musical celebration. The Grammy nominated M.S.G. Trio offers an evening of acoustic blues, roots, and spiritual music in the legendary Piedmont style. The uplifting M.S.G. set list includes original songs steeped in tradition influences. M.S.G. will raise the roof with some old fashioned house party tunes and then make you weep with its blues ballads. Join us as we remember and celebrate the messages and promise of Dr. Martin Luther King on this first day of the new Spring semester. Welcome back! 

Meet the band:

Harmonica player Jackie Merritt is an accomplished visual artist and musician. She performs in several bands: M.S.G. (harmonica, guitar and bones); and Blues Xchange (bass). For three years, she was Phil Wiggins’ harmonica teaching assistant at Augusta Heritage Center’s “Bluesweek” at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. You can hear her harmonica on the syndicated PBS series “Cultivating Life”, which has aired for two years. In July of 2009, Jackie was awarded the honor of being the first recipient of the John Cephas Scholarship created to carry on the study and tradition of Piedmont style guitar. 

Guitarist Miles Spicer demonstrates the distinctive technique of the Piedmont style. He considers himself fortunate to have known late Piedmont blues greats Archie Edwards and John Jackson, as well as having learned from John Cephas and Michael Baytop. He is currently the treasurer of the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation. In addition to M.S.G., he also plays with the Riverdale Ramblers Cajun Band.

Lead vocalist and percussionist Rosa Gibbs is known for her warm, soulful and heartfelt sound. A sought-after vocal instructor, she leads performance classes at Augusta Heritage Center’s Blues Week, and has taught Blues Singing during Country Blues Week at Centrum, Port Townsend, WA. Rosa has recorded and performed with Gaye Adegbalola (Saffire), “Steady Rollin’” Bob Margolin, and Julie Clark, among others. 

M.S.G. has released four CDs including their latest entitled, THE FLOOD.