Legendary soul singer Nina Simone’s childhood home in Tryon, North Carolina was designated as a National Treasure last year. Now, a weekend-long celebration has been announced to benefit the house’s restoration.
To be held at Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Art on August 16th-18th, the event will be highlighted by a performance from Simone’s daughter, Lisa. Lisa Simone, a jazz musician known for her roles on Broadway (The Lion King, Rent, Aida), will perform a tribute concert of her mother’s music alongside The Tribe Jazz Orchestra with director Lenora Helm Hammonds.
Other scheduled events include a screening of the Emmy-winning Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, a master class taught by Hammonds, a conversation with Lisa Simone, and a dance performance from choreography Tommy DeFrantz and his SLIPPAGE @ Duke troupe.
The goal is to raise funds and awareness for the restoration of Nina Simone’s birthplace. The home has fallen into disrepair after being vacant for years. Now that it’s a designated National Treasure, the National Trust is working to restore and preserve the building while they “identify a new use for it in collaboration with the home’s owners.”