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CANCELED: Lonnie Holley

When: Fri., Sept. 14, 6 p.m. 2018

The music of Lonnie Holley once felt unbothered by the strictures of space and time, concerning itself with the free-flowing energy of the cosmos in spacious compositions written and performed by Holley on Nord keyboards. On MITH, his forthcoming LP due via the indie giant Jagjaguwar, Holley's songs have kept some of their soothing, spacey qualities, but Holley delivers them with a new sense of urgency and empathy in his voice and arrangements. It's hard not to listen to a song like "I Woke Up in a Fucked-Up America," or to hear Holley examining racial injustice in the staggering "I Snuck Off the Slave Ship" and "I'm a Suspect" without feeling a deep ache. Even so, Holley's music is a uniquely soothing balm for troubled times, as with the unexpectedly upbeat closing track "Sometimes I Wanna Dance." His five-day residency at UNC-Chapel Hill concludes with this free concert and conversation at the Ackland. —Allison Hussey

Price: Free

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