Lake County News, CA – Middletown Art Center hosts “Sounds of Liberation” on February 18

Victor Hall and Gloria Scott on June 16, 2021 at the Middletown Art Center. MAC staff photo.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — The Middletown Art Center presents the third in the “Sounds of Liberation” series with world music musician Victor Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 18.

The event will take place online at and at the center, located at 21456 Route 175.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Hall, a longtime Lake County resident and popular musician with many local bands, including Midnight Sun Massive, will be hosted by Upper Lake composer, musician, educator and social justice advocate Clovice Lewis.

The evening’s event includes a conversation about race and music, with an intimate performance by Hall and Lewis and the opportunity to ask questions from the audience.

Friday’s event will center on stories of Hall’s experiences and artistic journey as a man of color in the music world and in the military, during difficult times of social change and racial injustice.

He will share his work on different musical genres, from reggae to blues, and the personal connections he makes between music and social justice.

Sounds of Liberation is a collaboration between Clovice Lewis and the MAC, forged through the Community Call to Action, or CCA, a loving response to systemic racism in America.

The CCA is a self-organized local action group formed in response to the widely publicized and horrific deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in 2020.

“This series of talks and performances is based on my research into the role of African music as music of liberation,” Lewis explained. “My central thesis is that most African American music is, in some way, a reflection of the harms of systemic racism and oppression. Victor and I share many relationships but are very different one from the other. I anticipate an interesting and surprising evening of conversation and music.

The series pays homage to the black experience as told through musical genres that have contributed to and influenced contemporary North American music and culture.

The primary goal of the project is to create environments that support public exploration of difficult questions about systemic racism in America through the music and personal experiences of black musicians living in Lake County.

The project launched on June 16, 2021 at the MAC, with an engaging conversation between Clovice Lewis and Sabrina Klein Clement, arts professional and social justice advocate.

The MAC invites community members of all ages to join via Zoom broadcast or by limited seating in person at the MAC Gallery with COVID protocols in place. Tickets are available on a sliding scale at www.middletownartcenter.org/sounds-of-liberation.

Sounds of Liberation is made possible through community support and support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.calhum.org.