BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Dr. Chris Wilkinson of West Virginia University will deliver a musical lecture at the Ice House in Berkeley Springs on Saturday at 3pm. Wilkinson's presentation introduces the era of big band jazz music in West Virginia from 1930-42. Along with rare information about the extent and popularity of black dance bands in the 1930s, Wilkinson will present recordings of the music.

Wilkinson is a commentator on West Virginia Public Radio often playing old recordings and telling stories about the music. He is part of the Morgan Arts Council’s year of Back To Our Roots. “The amazing diversity of American roots music is a true reflection of the diversity of our country's population,” said Wilkinson.

“While most people are familiar with the banjo and fiddle music of West Virginia, this big band music helps us experience the diversity of our state's culture."

A native of Chicago, Wilkinson is Professor of Music History at West Virginia University where he has been a member of the faculty since 1976. He has published both books and papers on the topic of jazz.

The lecture is supported in part by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, National Endowment for the Arts and local hotel/motel tax.

For more information about upcoming Back To Our Roots events at the Ice House and elsewhere, check online at www.macicehouse.org or call (304) 258-2300.

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