January 21, 2016

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Nationally renowned singer/songwriter Chris Vallillo will perform a show called “Oh Freedom: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement” on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. in Room C138 at John A. Logan College.  The event is free and open to the public.

Vallillo has been playing music and touring throughout the country for over 30 years.  He has a bachelor’s degree in archeology and said he takes a musical-historical approach to performing.

“My performance at John A. Logan is going to be the one-man show built around my new CD ‘Oh Freedom: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement,’” Vallillo said.  “The show will feature music from that CD and a lot of historical content.  I’ll talk about the history of the songs and the specific events in the civil rights movement where the songs came into play.

“Many of these songs date back to the slave era and some are old gospel songs that have evolved through time,” he continued.  “I think the audience will recognize much of the music, and I’ll tell them the stories behind the songs so they’ll have a better understanding of how they impacted the civil rights movement.”

Vallillo’s seventh and newest CD was just released on Jan. 18--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  It will be on sale at the show for $10.   

Toyin Fox, director of diversity and inclusion at JALC and chair of the college’s diversity advisory committee, invited Vallillo to perform as part of Logan’s celebration of Black History Month.

“Chris has performed at Logan before, and he is very entertaining,” Fox said.  “We thought his informative presentation on civil rights music would be particularly well suited for Black History Month.  I’ve heard many good things about this show and I’m looking forward to seeing it.  I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the show.”

For more information about “Oh Freedom: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement,” contact Fox at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8586.  Vallillo’s performance is sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars Program.

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.