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Music in Your Gardens: Shirlette Ammons

Shirlette Ammons
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Music in Your Gardens

We're proud to present Shirlette Ammons as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding area home.

On July 15 at 7 PM ET, we'll premiere a new, specially recorded performance by Shirlette online, free of charge, on our website and on our YouTube page. The film, pre-recorded in a socially-distanced manner, will be accompanied by a live YouTube chat with Shirlette, who will answer questions from viewers.


Shirlette Ammons is a musician and poet based in Durham. In 2011, she worked with Chapel Hill rock band The Dynamite Brothers to record the smoky, genre-bending EP And Lovers Like, which premiered at Duke Performances' Music in the Gardens. Ammons' latest release, Language Barrier, travels from one genre - hip-hop, R&B, folk, indie rock - and then segues to the next, diffusing the borders between musical categories. To realize her project, Ammons collaborated with a number of acclaimed Durham musicians, including Hiss Golden Messenger, H.C. McEntire, Phil Cook, and Amelia Meath, as well as The Indigo Girls and Meshell Ndegeocello. Ammons is practiced with the conceptual - her hip-hop album, Twilight for Gladys Bentley, re-envisions the life of the lesbian blues singer - and she conjures worlds with her sound.