Common Fence Music presents Grammy-winning artist Dom Flemons

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Common Fence Music will present Grammy-winning artist and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons, in concert.

The concert will be held Saturday, March 4, at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert will take place at the Common Fence Point Hall, 933 Anthony Road.

Tickets to the show are $30 in advance, $33 at the door. Tickets and information may be obtained at, or at by searching Common Fence Music. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

This performance will mark Mr. Flemons’ first performance at Common Fence Music as well as the first concert of Common Fence Music’s spring 2017 season – the 24th for the organization and the first to be curated by its new artistic director, Erin Young.

Self-dubbed the “American Songster,” Dom Flemons is a modern-day scholar, educator and interpreter of American, and especially African-American, old-time folk music traditions.

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Dom started his career as a folk musician, slam poet and producer of over 25 music and poetry albums. He later co-founded the African-American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops in 2005, which went on the win a Grammy award for their 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig.

Now performing as a solo artist, Dom explores creative ways in which to interpret traditional folk music genres for 21st-century audiences.

Dom has brought his unique take on roots music to such venues as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonaroo, the Grand Old Opry, and Carnegie Hall. In September 2016, he performed at the opening ceremonies of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

Playing banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare and quills in addition to singing, Dom draws inspiration from such styles as ragtime, Piedmont blues, southern traditional music, spirituals, string band, jug band, and fife and drum music.

His 2014 solo release, Prospect Hill (his first since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops), and his 2015 EP, One Got Over, reflect this wide range of influences.

His October 2016 release, Ever Popular Favorites, is the result of an artistic collaboration and sold-out tour (during which the album was recorded live) with British guitarist Martin Simpson – a partnership that had been commissioned by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (in collaboration with WOMAD).

His forth-coming album on Smithsonian Folkways will explore the stories and songs of black cowboys, demonstrating Dom’s constant dedication to African-American music and history. His podcast, American Songster Radio, produced in conjunction with WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, is no less a reflection of this dedication.

Dom’s March 4th performance at Common Fence Music will be a rare opportunity for area concert-goers to experience and learn of music of such importance to the history of the performing arts in America.

Dom’s performance at Common Fence Music is part of the Common Fence Music Picnic Series.

Concert-goers are invited to bring food and beverages to enjoy during the performances. Seasonal soups, homemade refreshments and soft-drinks will also be available for purchase. The hall is fully accessible.

Common Fence Music is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1993 with the mission to make folk, roots and world music performances and educational activities accessible to Aquidneck Island and Southern New England communities.

For more information about Common Fence Music, please visit, or call (401)683-5085.

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