Award-Winning Blues Harmonica Virtuoso Phil Wiggins Takes the Stage at BlackRock Center for the Arts

Phil Wiggins



Award-Winning Blues Harmonica Virtuoso Phil Wiggins Takes the Stage at BlackRock

GERMANTOWN, Md. (January 27, 2020) -- Award-winning blues man PHIL WIGGINS will perform at BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 1 at 8 pm. A Washington, DC native, the harmonica virtuoso achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the duo of Cephas & Wiggins.

Wiggins’ mastery of the harmonica transcends stylistic boundaries, but is rooted in the Piedmont Blues sound he helped pioneer. He is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship (2017), the highest honor bestowed on the traditional arts in the US. Wiggins is a two-time winner of the prestigious W. C. Handy Blues Foundation Award (1984) for Best Traditional Album of the Year and as Entertainer of the Year (1987).

Wiggins is a co-author of “Sweet Bitter Blues: Washington, DC's Homemade Blues,” which depicts his life story and the unique, vibrant music scene around him, as described by music journalist Frank Matheis. Featuring Wiggins's story, but including information on many musicians, the volume presents an incomparable documentary of the African American blues scene in Washington, DC, from 1975 to the present.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $25 and may be purchased by calling 301-528-2260, online at, or at the BlackRock Center for the Arts Box Office. 

About BlackRock Center for the Arts
BlackRock Center for the Arts is a nonprofit, cultural arts center located in the heart of Germantown, Maryland. BlackRock welcomes more than 40,000 guests per year to a variety of live music performances, art exhibitions, and performing and visual arts education programs for people of all ages. We are home to two theaters, two galleries, several artists and dance studios, an outdoor concert stage and rooftop terrace, and a stunning lobby space filled with beautiful natural light and soaring ceilings. BlackRock’s theaters host more than 60 performances a year from country to rock, Celtic to jazz, and stand-up comedy to family shows. BlackRock’s art galleries welcome thousands of visitors to view the artistic expressions of painters, sculptors, photographers, and other artists from the greater Washington, DC metro area, as well as artists talks and receptions, and community art days. Our robust arts education program includes classes for children and adults lasting a few weeks, conservatory classes spanning an academic year, and summer camps in dance, music, theater and visual arts. BlackRock also serves as a gathering space for social, community and other meaningful events throughout the year. For more information, visit

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