African American Legacy & Heritage in Jazz, Blues and Gospel Series

Our second year of this popular concert series was shortened due to the national pandemic crisis. Thankfully, artists Philip Dutton, Dom Flemons, and Scott Ainsley have all agreed to appear whenever it is safe to hold concerts indoors at Sumner Hall!

An important part of African American history and culture is the music of jazz, gospel and the blues. Sumner Hall is proud to showcase this immense body of music through these concerts, produced by retired Mainstay Founder and Director, Tom McHugh.

McHugh contacted his friends who have performed at the Mainstay over the years to take the stage at Sumner Hall for this unique series. The list includes Grammy nominees, WC Handy awardees, national names, and local favorites. In addition to great music by outstanding performers, we open the floor for questions and discussion at the end of each concert.

We look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone back to Sumner Hall to enjoy these great musical events.