October 1, 2021
In a show created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement, award winning folksinger Chris Vallillo performs pivotal songs from the music that inspired and sustained this landmark movement.
The story of the Civil Rights Movement has been described as one of the greatest singing movements that this country has ever experienced. From the Freedom Riders to the the jails of Montgomery, Alabama, to Parchman Prison and all the way to Washington DC, both old and new “Freedom Songs” would become the backbone of the nonviolent civil movement.
In 2015, award winning roots musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo created the show Oh Freedom! featuring 11 of the pivotal songs that inspired and sustained this landmark movement.
Vallillo’s multi-instrumentalist talents are at the heart of the recording; acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitars, mandolin and bass beautifully performed on his extensive collection of vintage instruments.
This concert is at the Sheldon Peck Homestead.
Oh, Freedom: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement is Presented in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau