Benefit Concert to Restore Nina Simone Home Set for August

The home of the famed singer has been vacant for years and fell into disrepair

Nina Simone in 1952 (photo: Herb Snitzer)

A benefit concert to restore the childhood home of Nina Simone will be held on Aug. 17 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

The pianist and singer was born in 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, about an hour outside Asheville. But the home has been vacant for years and has fallen into disrepair.

Last year, the National Trust named Simone’s birthplace and childhood home a national treasure and announced plans to restore the building in collaboration with the home’s owners.

A new use for the home has not been established yet, but the hope is that the concert will help raise awareness about—and funds for—the renovation project. The concert will feature Nina Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone, an actress and jazz vocalist, accompanied by a local big-band, the Tribe Jazz Orchestra.

The concert is part of a weekend of events at the museum in celebration of Simone, who died in 2003, including workshops and a documentary screening.

Tickets to the weekend events can be purchased here.