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Black Heritage Event Features Jonathan Blanchard Group

​February 10, 2015- Newark, OH—Black History month will be celebrated at the shared campus of The Ohio State University and Central Ohio Technical College with their 12th Annual Black Heritage Event. Featured performer is the Jonathan Blanchard Group with the performance scheduled for Thursday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center's Alford Performing Arts Hall.

Blanchard takes the audience on a musical journey celebrating African American Music from its inception. The Negro Spiritual serves as the inspiration and the spring board for exploring other genres like Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Funk and Hip-Hop. This interactive presentation is informative as well as inspirational and performed by a bass vocalist and full live band (instruments) that remind you of the days when music sounded like music.

A strong proponent of arts education, Blanchard conducts workshops and residencie​s in schools and colleges, celebrating the artistry, history and message of the Negro Spiritual. Additionally, he performs concerts showcasing his own original works at colleges, churches, festivals and performing arts venues throughout the United States.  He also serves as a teaching artist for the Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama Arts Commission. Blanchard received his Bachelor of Science in Music and Master of Science in Music Education from Tennessee State University.

This event is free and open to the public with no RSVP needed and is sponsored by The Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, please contact Vorley Taylor, Program Manager at taylor.1051@edu. Read more about The Jonathan Blanchard Group at http://jonathanblanchard.com/home.​