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Sunday, June 16, 2013

B.B. King Homecoming in Indianola on July 3

The concert will take place outside the Museum from 1pm to 9pm ($15/$20). King usually plays at the nearby Club Ebony after the festival. For more information visit the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center's website for more information. 

On July 2 the Club Ebony will host a free festival preview party beginning at 7pm featuring the Peterson Brothers and Russel Baxter and the 21st Century Band, who will both be performing at the festival the following day. 

Oxford Blues Festival coming up July 18-20

Oxford is well-known in the blues world as the home of Living Blues magazine, the University of Mississippi Blues Archive, and Fat Possum Records, but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that it began hosting it's own blues festival.

The headliner for this year's Oxford Blues Festival is Johnny Winter, who is honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Leland, where his father was mayor -- although his family was living there at the time of his birth, but he was born in a hospital in Beaumont, Texas.

As you can see below the festival is still booking artists, but there's a nice lineup of downhome blues, including Natchez veterans Elmore Williams, Hezekiah Early and Little Poochie. Also performing is harmonica player and instructor Adam Gussow (of Satan and Adam), who also teaching English at Ole Miss.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bobby Rush this weekend at Grenada's Thunder on Water festival

The Thunder on Water Festival takes place in Grenada Lake on Saturday, though a carnival has been in place since Wednesday.

On Saturday night headlines a soul-blues concert at Grenada’s Thunder on Water Safe Festival. The concert will take place in the field across from the Grenada Airport, and will also feature T.K. Soul, Lady Trucker and Lewis Johnson.

Admission is $15, and attendees are free to bring chairs and coolers, but glass containers are prohibited. Gate opens at 5pm.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, October 4-6, with headliners Drive By Truckers, North Mississippi Allstars, and many local blues acts.

The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, one of the anchor events of the Bridging the Blues project, just put up online their poster, though I understand they still might be adding some more acts. The festival incorporates the Highway 61 Blues Festival, which has been held in Leland since the early 2000s.

Lineup for Bentonia Blues Festival this Saturday!

The Bentonia Blues Festival, which was first staged in 1972, takes place this Saturday on the farm of local bluesman Jimmy "Duck" Holmes. The site is at 313 Wilson-Holmes Road, which intersects with Highway 49 just north of Bentonia. Schedule below.

There will also be live music at Holmes' Blue Front Cafe in downtown Bentonia on both Thursday and Friday nights. Here's a poster for the free Friday night event featuring Jimmy Duck Holmes and the Shane Pruitt Band, which will also have free BBQ from Ubon's in Yazoo City from 5-7pm.


9am - David Raye

10am -Lakeland AllStars

11am - Arion BabyBell

Noon - Spider Murphy

1pm - Shane Pruitt Band

2pm - Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood

3pm - Smooth Funk

4pm - LC Ulmer

5pm - Jimmy "Duck Holmes and Terry "Harmonica" Bean

6pm - Roosevelt Roberts, Jr.

7pm - Scott Hales

8pm - Vivacious Valarie McKnight

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Groundbreaking for a Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi taking place today

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — The Grammy Museum Mississippi expected to open in 2015 will showcase the state's role in developing blues, country and genres that shaped American music. 
Officials prepared to break ground Tuesday at the planned museum site, located at the south end of the Delta State University golf course, off of Mississippi Highway 8 in Cleveland. 
The planned museum is scheduled to open in early summer 2015. It will have more than 20,000 square feet and will feature interactive exhibits. 
Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, said in a news release that for the past three years, the California museum has showcased Mississippi's musical heritage during Grammy week events. 
"The music born in Mississippi has shaped the development of popular music in America and beyond," Santelli said in a news release. "The Grammy Museum Mississippi will help the rest of the world recognize Mississippi's contribution to American music culture." 
Organizers say that over the past five years, $12.5 million has been raised for the $18 million project. That includes $3 million from the city of Cleveland and $1 million each from the state of Mississippi and Bolivar County. 
Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are among the speakers scheduled for the groundbreaking ceremony. The Mississippi-based Homemade Jamz Blues Band will perform. 
Students at the Delta Music Institute at Delta State will be able to receive academic credit for hours they'll work in the Grammy Museum Mississippi. They'll also be able to participate in an exchange program sponsored by the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, along with college students from the Los Angeles area.
UPDATE: photos from the ceremony

Tupelo blues band Homemade Jamz playing on the future site of the Grammy Museum in Cleveland.
The property is currently occupied by two holes on the Delta State University golf course

Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, President of the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy (the organization that
gives out the Grammy Awards), together with Jackson-based soul and blues singer Dorothy Moore

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Second Saturday in Helena, Arkansas this weekend prior to the Bobby Rush show

Every second Saturday from April to September there's a wide range of activities on the streets of downtown Helena, Arkansas including live music, crafts, locally produced food, and, this Saturday, a Kool Aid pickle (or "Koolickle") eating contest. For more information you can visit their website or join their Facebook page. There's entertainment from 5-8pm, including a performance by Clarksdale's Theo Dasbach and Rosalind Wilcox, but you can also visit the farmer's market between 8am and noon.

Earlier this week we blogged about the Bobby Rush show that's taking place later that evening on the outdoor stage in front of the levee that serves as the main venue for the King Biscuit Blues Festival.

Here's the official descripton of Second Saturdays
Helena Second Saturdays is a free community event series held every second Saturday of the month from 5-8pm, April-September. At these events you can expect to see and hear what makes the Delta region unique. You'll experience the sounds of blues and gospel musicians, the work of local artists and the smells of local produce and baked goods sold by our very own Helena Farmers Market. Like to shop? We've got you covered with our Cherry Street shuttle bus that will drop you off and pick you up at your favorite downtown storefronts. Bring your date, your family and your friends and come celebrate Helena, Arkansas with us!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Conference on Cultural Heritage Tourism in the Delta, June 13

Bridging The Blues is just one example of a project that intends to both a) highlight and educate about the cultural riches of the Mississippi Delta region, and b) promote economic development -- in our case, bringing in more visitors to support existing blues clubs, festivals, museums and musicians, as well as to support local economies.

On June 13th a conference will take place in Greenville that will look at how to further develop the tourism sector--one participant is Roger Stolle, who has done much for the economy in Clarksdale through his Delta Blues and Folk Art  store, staging festivals, various media projects, and more.

Here's the official description of the event; for information call William Brown, 662-335-3523 x309  or go to www.deltamace.org

"The emerging market for Heritage Tourism in the Mississippi Delta is attracting tourists from outside the region who are motivated by interest in the historical, artistic, and lifestyle/heritage offerings of the region. This form of tourism is widely recognized for creating jobs and tax revenue for local communities. It also opens up a tremendous opportunity for new businesses to be created. With a variety of cultural related products and services to be sold, entrepreneurs will prosper from visiting tourists. The goal of the conference is to equip entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools they need to become viable in this growing market. Come hear expert presenters share their insights on how you can enter and compete in this vibrant market."

Monday, June 3, 2013

Bobby Rush "Live on the Levee" in Helena, Arkansas, Saturday, June 8

Next Saturday Bobby Rush is the featured performer in the King Biscuit Blues Festival-sponsored series "Live on the Levee," which takes place on the Festival's main outdoor stage, the Cherry Street Pavilion.

Tickets are $30; also appearing on the bill is Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Gates open at 6pm, music starts at 7pm, and Bobby Rush will take the stage at 9pm.

Rush will be one of the headliners at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in October, one of the central events of Bridging the Blues.

Here's Bobby from his concert DVD "Live at Ground Zero Blues Club" in Clarksdale