Stephen Wade, American folk musician and scholar, will perform music and lecture Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in Presser Hall, Mclean Auditorium.

The 2013 Grammy nominee will explore through live music-making, projected images and spoken narrative the stories behind his book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience. Wade's award-winning book explores 13 iconic folksong performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942. In this compellingly narrated, multimedia, musical performance, Wade threads the music with its largely unknown yet surprisingly influential creators.

The event is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception follows the performance. Books will be available for purchase.