Bluegrass music and social activism are in for a beautiful collision course at The Carrboro ArtsCenter today at the hands of folk musicians Si Kahn and Michael Johnathon.
Kahn will be performing songs from his latest album, Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Session, on which he collaborated with German bluegrass band the Looping Brothers, and Johnathon will be opening the show.
Having worked for more than 40 years as a professional musician, Kahn has had two No. 1 albums on the folk music charts, had his music translated into various languages and performed all over Europe and North America. Yet music is just his hobby — his primary job is as a civil rights and union organizer.
Attend the Show:
Time: Today at 8 p.m.
Location: The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main Street, Carrboro
Kahn said the new album with the Looping Brothers addresses a cause close to home.
Aragon is a small town in Georgia. In the ’70s, a cotton mill in the town moved to a different country to find cheaper labor, and nearly 700 people in Aragon found themselves out of work. Kahn was asked by the textile workers’ union for help, but there wasn’t much that could be done. So he wrote a song that delivered the story of these workers — “Aragon Mill.”