Cultural Event Series brings American songster to stage

Don Flemons, known as the American songster, will take the stage at the Palace Theater as the capstone concert of the Frostburg State University Appalachian Festival. 

FROSTBURG — American songster Dom Flemons will perform as part of the Cultural Event Series at Frostburg State University as the capstone concert for the 14th annual FSU Appalachian Festival.

Flemons will take the stage Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Palace Theatre at 31 E. Main St. The Grammy Award winner, two-time Emmy nominee and 2019 Wammie Award winner in known as the American songster because his repertoire of music covers more than 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and multi-instrumentalist. He is also an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills and rhythm bones.

In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010 and were nominated for Best Folk Album in 2012. After leaving the group to pursue a solo career, he released his album, “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys,” in 2018 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. The recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Flemons was nominated for two Emmys at the 2018 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-America Awards for the PBS episode “Songcraft Presents Dom Flemons” and for the song “Good Ole Days,” co-written with Ben Arthur. He was the first artist-in-residence at the Making American Music Internship Program at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in the summer of 2018.

Originally from Phoenix, Flemons lives in the Washington area where he serves on the board of directors for Folk Alliance International and the Music Maker Relief Foundation and as an adviser to the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Recording Academy.

To order tickets, visit or call the CES box office at 301-687-3137. The box office, located in the FSU Lane University Center, is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cultural Events Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and by the city of Frostburg.

To request accommodations for a disability, call 301-687-4102 or use a voice relay operator at 800-735-2258. 

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