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Artist Series

The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series is proud to offer an ever-growing series of entertainment, culture and quality. The faculty and students who participate in the Union Board Artist Series Committee take great pride in selecting and presenting a series that students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community can all enjoy and experience with their friends and family members.

All shows take place at 8 p.m. in the Duke Family Performance Hall of the Knobloch Campus Center.

2018-19 Performances

Ranky Tanky Album Cover

Ranky Tanky

Friday, November 16, 2018  Tickets

Native South Carolinians, Ranky Tanky (loosely translated as "Work It!" or "Get Funky!") bring life to the soulful songs of Gullah culture, fusing them with elements of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. Gullah comes from the languages of West Africa and means "a people blessed by God". From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are "rank" and fertile ground from which these five contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

Sankofa Danzafro Dance Group

Sankofa Danzafro

Saturday, December 1, 2018 Tickets

Founded in Colombia in 1997, Sankofa Danzafro seeks to build a bridge between Afro- Colombian peoples and the African continent. The company creates poetic dance as rooted in African tradition that connect to the daily as well as the contemporary. The company was awarded the 2008 National Dance Award by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia as well as a mention from the United Nations for its "good practice of Afro-descendant social inclusion in Latin America". Sankofa Danzafro's The City of Others is a work showcasing powerful Afro-Colombia and Afro-contemporary dance with live drumming and singing.

Hot Sardines Musical Group

Hot Sardines

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Tickets

Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again to prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. The Hot Sardines effortlessly channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets, and New Orleans jazz to transform both original songs and covers from past eras into music for the current century.

Urban Bushwomen

Urban Bush Women

Friday, February 22, 2019 Tickets

For 35 years, Urban Bush Women has sought to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. Urban Bush Women's uniquely bold and boundary-pushing storytelling weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Hair & Other Stories is crafted from personal narratives gathered in kitchens, living rooms, and from social media and will leave you wondrously and often humorously disquieted regarding the nature of our current society.