Acoustic Music, Bluegrass Music, Historic Preservation, Random DJB Thoughts
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Pokey the Preservationist

Pokey LaFarge at Red Wing Roots Music Festival 07 11 14Last Friday I was sitting outside on a beautiful summer day at the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, listening to Pokey LaFarge.

Yesterday evening, I was skimming some YouTube videos to learn more about Pokey’s music when I came across a TedX talk entitled Pokey LaFarge:  Evolving Through Preservation.

Whoa!  Could it be that Pokey is not only a great musician with a hot band, but also a preservationist?

Well yes, that’s exactly what he is.

Take a listen to this TedX talk from St. Louis – and after the music history lesson you’ll hear Pokey’s thoughts on how young people are taking old buildings and using them for new uses – just as they are doing with music and fashion. They are claiming these places and making them relevant today.  Just as we’ve been preaching in my day job at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

And as Pokey reminds us…he’s only 30 years old!

Who knew that the next generation preservationist could come in the form of a hip traditionalist musician who happens to love his adopted town of St. Louis.

More to come…




I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


    • DJB says

      Dear Kelly, Just post your question and the photo you’d like to use (along with a description of the documentary) and I’ll respond to you via your email address at Germain Media. Thanks for the interest. DJB

      • I would like to use the pic you took of Doc Watson at Merlefest in a documentary called Visions of Watauga: Faces & Places that will show locally on SkyBest TV.

      • DJB says

        Kelly, Glad to have you use that. Would just appreciate a credit to David J. Brown. Many thanks – glad you liked it. DJB

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