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Music from the Anacostia Delta: Celebrating the Legacy of Washington’s Guitar Masters

Evening Program with Performance

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1B0274
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Marion & Gustave Ring Auditorium
7th St & Independence Ave SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza
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Musicians of Anacostia Delta and friends

Washington, D.C., has produced some of the finest guitar players in the world. The late Danny Gatton came from the Anacostia neighborhood and was “the greatest guitar player you’ve never heard,” according to the Washington Post. He earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s roster of the instrument’s top 100 players of all time. Gatton was the preeminent artist of a uniquely Washington sound—a virtuosic blend of rock and roll, jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, and soul that he said came from the Anacostia Delta. The music scene he championed—including guitarists like Roy Buchanan—was hugely influential and thrives today—admired by musicians world-wide but barely recognized at home.

Experience that unique form as several master Anacostia Delta musicians gather to share a remarkable evening of music, conversation, and stories about the birth of this influential local scene. Get a sneak preview of clips from a new documentary, Anacostia Delta, which chronicles the musical legacy these players created along with Gatton, Buchanan, and their contemporaries.

Performers include Anthony Pirog (guitar), Dave Chappell and Jim Stephanson (guitar, vocals), Barry Hart (drums), John Previti, bass, and Dave Elliott (vocals, raconteur).

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Danny Gatton’s instrument of choice was a Fender Telecaster, which earned him the title of “The Telemaster.” Understand why by watching this clip of Gatton in action