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Randolph student to deliver presentation on evolution of blues music

Nathan Heinicke-Peart ’17 will give the lecture “From Blues to Pop,” at the Legacy Museum of African American History in Lynchburg Sunday at 3 p.m.

During his presentation, Heinicke-Peart will illustrate and demonstrate classic blues’ influence on modern-day pop music. In addition, he will trace the history of blues, ragtime, and jazz, specifically various Delta Blues musicians and their significance to the art of musical showmanship.

In addition to his vast knowledge about the blues genre, Heinicke-Peart is a virtuoso musician and plays seven instruments. The communications major from Richmond hosts his own radio show, “Blues with Me,” on Randolph’s campus station, WWRM. He has also been a guest speaker and demonstrated his musical knowledge and skills in several College classes.

Growing up in a musical family, Heinicke-Peart has been listening to and studying blues music his whole life. “My dad was probably one of my bigger influences,” he said. “Being a college professor, he not only gave me an appreciation for that kind of music—he showed me how you can incorporate it into academics.”

The seminar this Sunday is free and open to the public. For more information, call 434-845-3455.

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