New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music

Centeral School Band Circa 1930

New Harmonies is a traveling exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution and brought to Utah by the Utah Humanities Council that examines the cultural significance of American roots music. The exhibit is touring five Utah communities from April 2010 to January 2011.

The Museum of Moab will host the exhibit September 18th through November 3rd. Features include local exhibits, docent-led tours, workshops, concerts, speakers, and public humanities programs.

Explore the musical history of Moab; early dance halls built on dug-outs, High School Bands, and the modern music scene in our community told through exhibit, activities, workshops and performances.

The Museum is looking for performers, lecturers and volunteers to help tell this Musical Story. Find out how you can get involved by contacting the Museum of Moab 435-259-7985.

Calendar of  Activities


September 17th Museum Members Opening The Museum of Moab invites all museum members to a special members exhibit opening and reception.

September 18th

Exhibit Grand Opening Enjoy an afternoon of live music and explore the New Harmonies Exhibit. In the evening join the Museum at Star Hall for a musical lecture and performance by Hal Cannon world renowned cowboy poet, folklorist, and musician. It starts at 7 PM@ Star Hall (125 E Center Street) and admission is free.

September 30th

Movie Night Join the Museum of Moab and the Grand County Library for a showing of O, Brother Where Art Thou! This retelling of the story of the Iliad combines myth with music against the tapestry of the early 20th Century South.  Join us afterwards for a discussion of Music and Myth. The film starts at 7pm @ the Grand County Library(275 E Center Street).
October 16th Sweet Sunny South The band, Sweet Sunny South, will play a concert at Star Hall. Their brand of infectious bluegrass and old time music promises a toe tapping good time.  Show Starts at 8 PM @ Star Hall(125 E. Center Street) Tickets availble at Sergent Peppers on Mainstreet.
October 23rd Gospel Music The Valley Voices in conjunction with speaker Laura B. Eady-Popwell will present an evening of Gospel and traditional African American music. 7pm@ the Community Church of Moab(544 MiVida Drive).
October 29th Traditional American Concert Local Singer Andy Pitas presents a concert of tradtional American music. Opera, Bluegrass, Country, Showtoons, and more. With guest artist Brian Coulter. Starting @ the Community Church of Moab(544 MiVida Drive).
October 31st- November 5th Moab Folk Festival Folk Camps Come and play!  Learn about instrument techniques and song writing. Meet local musicians in our community.

About this Program

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music has been made possible in Moab by the Utah Humanities Council. New Harmonies is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

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