Wednesday, October 12, 2011

UGR History Project annual fundraiser features noted storyteller & musician

Eshu Bumpus, noted African-American storyteller and jazz musician, will be the featured performer at a fundraiser on October 29th to benefit the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. Bumpus weaves folktales with humor, history, mystery, and engaging physical characterization. He draws crowds wherever he performs, including 36 sold-out shows in 13 days at the Smithsonian Institution, and a memorable performance at URHPCR’s conference in April. Joining him for the musical portion are fellow renowned musicians Paul Arslanian, music director for UMass Amherst’s Dance Department, and Bob Weiner, a percussionist who has performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, and others.

“Eshu was a big hit at our conference in April, so we’re delighted he could
come back to Albany for our fundraiser,” said Mary Liz Stewart, co-founder of URHPCR. The Eshu Bumpus Trio will perform on Saturday, October 29th, 6-9 pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue, in Albany. The benefit includes hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and cash bar. Tickets are $40 in advance, or $50 per person / $90 per couple at the door. For more information or to order tickets, see, call (518) 432-4432, or mail a check or money order to URHPCR, P.O. Box 10851, Albany, NY 12201.

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