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The Orange County Historical Museum (OCHM) is holding a kick-off event for their new exhibit, A Legacy of Joyful Noise: African-American Musicians of Orange County, a celebration of the varied contributions of local black musicians. Along with performances by Brenda Evens Fennell (the granddaughter of exhibit subject Elizabeth Cotton) and Doug Clark of the Hot Nuts, the museum is screening several short videos as well as the documentary film Shine On: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues, by directors Kenny Dalsheimer and Jamie Hysjulien. Trice, a Durham resident and former sharecropper who died in 2000 at age 82, was one of the last links to the Piedmont Blues, and the film captures his recollections of friends and peers like Blind Boy Fuller and Reverend Gary Davis, as well as his NYC experiences in the '30s and '40s recording for the Decca and Savoy labels. The film also gives insight into the lives of black blues artists of that era, when artists played at tobacco warehouses, house parties and juke joints. The kickoff is Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. at the OCHM. Call 732-2201 for details. --Angie Carlson

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