Black Heritage Festival concludes this week


Cross That River Band
Cross That River Band

The 2009 Savannah Black Heritage Festival, presented by the city of Savannah and Savannah State University, will conclude this week with Allan Harris and Cross That River at First Bryan Baptist Church on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

The show is sponsored by the Savannah Music Festival and First Bryan Baptist Church.

Cross That River is the first recording in a trilogy that tells the story of the Black West.

Through narrative and song unfolds the story of a 19th century escaped slave named Blue who makes his way to freedom and works as a cowboy on the Circle T Ranch. Though best known as a jazz singer, Harris’ warm vocals are a natural fit for the tale’s Western setting.

The band includes violin, bass, percussion, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro and backup singers, all of which create music reflective of country, gospel, Spanish, R&B and Celtic genres. The church is located 575 West Bryan St.

The 2009 festival, a series of events highlighting the cultural and artistic contributions of African Americans, is the 20th presented by the city of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the 10th produced by Savannah State University.

All festival events are free and open to the .The

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