photo of Phil Wiggins, musician, with his harmonica and a straw hat on

Concert: Phil Wiggins and Eleanor Ellis

May 5, 2019
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm


  • Sanctuary
Dr. Henry Sgrecci
301-493-8300 x214

Bring the entire family to our final concert of the season! Enjoy a performance from Phil Wiggins and Eleanor Ellis, soak up fascinating history about cherished artists in America, and dine on fantastic soul food.

In 2017, Phil Wiggins was awarded the Distinguished NEA National Heritage Fellowship, only the third harmonica player to receive the honor, and now the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of “Master of Traditional Arts.” While rooted in “Tidewater” blues of the Chesapeake Region, his mastery of the instrument transcends stylistic boundaries. Wiggins will perform with blues singer/guitarist, Eleanor Ellis. Born in Louisiana, Ms. Ellis is a founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation. Learn more about Phil Wiggins: Learn more about Eleanor Ellis:

Prior to the concert, at 3 pm, Barry Bergey, retired Director of the NEA Folk & Traditional Arts, will present a talk about Folk Masters: A Portrait of America, a book he wrote with photographer Tom Pich. Folk Masters features 100 artists who, like Phil Wiggins, have received a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Books will be available for signing.

Anabel’s Mobile Kitchen will be around after the concert - stop by for some soul food! Check out their menu:

Free concert / donations accepted / childcare available!