A graduate of Berklee College of Music and Hegdebrook’s songwriter residency program, McKain Lakey has toured as a solo artist and with Wooly Breeches and MarchFourth. Recently featured in a house concert in Takoma Park and live performance on WOWD-LP 94.3 FM (takomaradio.org), she is back by popular demand to perform for FSGW. She writes: “As with much of U.S. history, the extraordinary origins of American roots music traditions have been largely lost to the past. What we are often taught instead is a narrative that supports the power structure of our society. Yet by listening to and investigating our early music, we can find endless examples of people coming together to challenge systems of oppression — women confronting patriarchal systems, working folks calling out economic inequality, people boldly naming the legacy of slavery, imprisonment, and racial injustice that is so deeply rooted in our nation’s history and legal system. The music of our country is defined by the people of our country: complex, multi-faceted, resilient, and vibrant people, creating art that reflects the realities of their lives.” Visit www.mckainlakey.com for samples.
Cosponsored by the Office of Historic Alexandria and FSGW, this is the May concert in the Alexandria After Work concert series held in the heart of Old Town Alexandria at 6 pm on the second Friday of each month. Take the free trolley that runs every 15 minutes from King Street Metro station! At historic Lloyd House (220 N Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314). $15 suggested donation; cash bar.
NOTE: Lynn Noel, originally scheduled for this date, will reschedule.