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

An important part of African American history and culture is the music of jazz, gospel and the blues. Sumner Hall is proud to have been able showcase this immense body of music through these concerts, produced by the late Tom McHugh, founder of the Mainstay. Our second year of this popular concert series was shortened due to the national pandemic crisis.

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.