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Friday, May 3, 2013

Announcing Bridging the Blues 2013


Since 2000 the Mississippi Delta region has enjoyed a blues renaissance, with the arrival of new festivals, venues, museums, and the Mississippi Blues Trail series of historic markers. In order to help maximize visitors’ experiences of the area’s blues riches, the “Bridging the Blues” project is bringing you America’s music by coordinating events stretching over three weekends, from Saturday, September 28 to Sunday, October 13. 

Established outdoor events anchor the three weekends--the Gateway to the Delta Festival in Charleston, Mississippi, the inaugural Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville, Mississippi, (incorporating the Highway 61 Blues Festival), which takes place October 4-5, and the world-famous King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, which runs from Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12, with a lineup featuring both local legends and leading artists of the blues.

Many juke joints, clubs, and casinos from Memphis down to Vicksburg will be presenting live music, and visitors are encouraged to take self-guided tours throughout the region to visit the holy sites of the blues. Clarksdale, the home of many blues clubs, is hosting several street parties, while other cities in the region will feature blues artists during downtown arts celebrations. 

Other events will take place at venues including the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, and, in Clarksdale, the Delta Blues Museum and the Hopson Plantation, which will host the annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming on Sunday, October 13. 


For general information about Bridging the Blues as well as guides to live venues and museums across the area go to the menu at top left.

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