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LAKE PLACID — John Brown Lives and the Grand Adirondack Hotel are teaming up to host the 7th Annual Blues at Timbuctoo Concert at John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid on Sunday.

The one-day festival will take place in the upper meadow of the farm from noon to 5 p.m. Organizers encourage those interested in attending to pack a picnic and water, bring a chair or blanket, and dress for the weather.

Bluesman Jerry Dugger, the inspiration of the blues in Timbuktu, leads the line-up with his bass-baritone voice and musicality, wide repertoire and heartfelt performances. Joining Dugger in the lineup are keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter Dave Keyes; Tana Asili, a New York-based Puerto Rican singer known for her fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock; Marie Marie, a Westport cover band that plays mostly pop and rock covers and acoustic ballads that span the decades; and Yacouba Sissoko, master kora player from a family line of Malian musicians for centuries.

“As part of our new hands-on history project for teachers and students, we are very pleased that Yacouba is staying an extra day to be a guest artist at Willsboro Central School,” said Martha Swan of John Brown Lives. “Introducing students to the rich histories and cultural contributions of the peoples of West Africa through music will open minds and hearts, and we are so grateful to WCS Music Teacher Jennifer Moore for this opportunity.”

“We are very honored to welcome master musician and culture bearer, Yacouba Sissoko, to Willsboro CSD,” said Moore. “Students will have the opportunity to hear new sounds and experience firsthand the impact of history and song from a distant culture that retains a meaningful connection to some of our own Adirondack history.

“We look forward to learning from Yacouba and thank John Brown Lives! and Blues in Timbuktu for making such an opportunity possible,” she says.

To complement the afternoon of great music at the John Brown Farm, exhibits and the children’s corner in the lower barn will be open to the public and John Brown Farm staff will lead tours of the historic home of the abolitionist family. Brown and the grave. where the remains of John, his sons and other Harpers Ferry Raiders are interred.

Courtesy of Lake Placid Public Library, a StoryWalk featuring Jason Chin’s picture book “Gravity” is installed on the edge of the meadow.

For more information, contact John Brown Lives at [email protected] or 518-744-7112.

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