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Mike AuldridgeAcoustic, Country and bluegrass music artist Mike Auldridge was awarded the 2012 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowship Award. He will be performing at the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the GWU Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC.

At its heart, the folk and traditional arts are rooted in the cultural practices of a particular community, whether it's Texas's Tejano music, the boatbuilding traditions of coastal Massachusetts, or the gospel music of Tidewater Virginia. On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. EDT, communities around the country and world will be able to experience these art forms and more as a group of our nation's top folk and traditional artists take the stage for the annual NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert, which will be webcast live at and open to the public. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee this evening of conversations, demonstrations, and performances, featuring the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

The 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows are:

  • Mike Auldridge, Dobro Player (Silver Spring, MD)
  • Paul & Darlene Bergren, Dog Sled and Snowshoe Designers and Builders (Minot, ND)
  • Harold A. Burnham, Master Shipwright (Essex, MA)
  • Albert B. Head, Traditional Arts Advocate (Montgomery, AL) *
  • Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez, Tejano Accordion Player (San Antonio, TX)
  • Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone, Okinawan Dancer (Honolulu, HI)
  • Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy Basketmaker (Princeton, ME)
  • The Paschall Brothers, Tidewater Gospel Quartet (Chesapeake, VA)
  • Andy Statman, Klezmer Clarinetist, Mandolinist, Composer (Brooklyn, NY)

*Albert B. Head is the recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship award.. The Bess Lomax Hawes Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.

Profiles of the artists are available in the Lifetime Honors section of the NEA’s website, along with photos, audio, and video samples of their work.

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert

The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be held at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium at 730 21st Street NW in Washington, DC. This concert will be webcast live at with an archive available following the event.

Free tickets to this concert are available online at or in person at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium Box Office at 730 21st Street NW in Washington, DC, and the House of Musical Traditions, 7040 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland. href=

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