John Jackson was born in 1924 in Rappahannock County, VA to a tenant farming family who was also extremely musically talented.
He received the National Heritage Fellowship in 1986 from the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the highest honor given to traditional artists by the United States’ government. Jackson performed for Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, the US Congress, many European heads of state, and in Carnegie and Royal Albert Hall. He played with musicians such as B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and Ricky Scaggs, yet he remains almost wholly unknown in Rappahannock County, the place where his story began.
Join us, Wayne Henderson, Phil Wiggins, Eleanor Ellis, Robert Glasker, Jeffrey Scott, and the Rappahannock Unity Choir for a tribute to the music and life of John Jackson emceed by Frank Matheis.
Tickets: johnjackson.eventbrite.com • $8 in advance, $10 at gate • 14 years & younger free with paying adult
This event is presented by Virginia Cooperative Extension and made possible in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.