Walking the “Uptown”: A Tour of a Historic African-American Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania
By Catherine C. Quillman and Sarah Wesley (Hedgerow Press, 94 pages)
Recommended by Danielle Bouchat-Friedman
Though hardly the hub of the borough now, West Chester’s East End was once home to the thriving “Uptown” black community. Sarah Wesley and MLT contributor Catherine Quillman spent quite a bit of time walking its streets, assembling this unique self-guided walking tour of 21 sites, many of them dating back to the Civil War and earlier.
June 24 at Valley Creek Park, Malvern
Recommended by Hobart Rowland
My last run-in with this buzzed-about artist came at this year’s South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, where he and his band rattled the pews of an Episcopal Church. It was unlike any Sunday service I’ve ever attended—but it was a revelation, nonetheless. The Missouri-born son of a Baptist minister, Nash unfurls his ethereal Neil Young-inspired roots rock with a gripping emotional honesty and a fan’s reverence for the source material. This early-evening (6:30 p.m.) performance is part of the free Friends of Summerstage concert series.