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Thursday, September 5, 2013

13th Annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration, Clarksdale, October 13

One of the final events of Bridging the Blues is the annual celebration of piano great Pinetop Perkins at the Hopson Plantation near Clarksdale, where Pinetop lived in the 1940s. For the first decade Pinetop was always present at the celebration, and fortunately the event has continued following his death several years ago. The event is run by the Pinetop Perkins Foundation, a non-profit whose activities include an annual masterclasses for young people at Hopson each summer.

Go here to see the Mississippi Blues Trail marker at Hopson, which details its important role in the mechanization of cotton.

The event takes place the day after the three-day King Biscuit Blues Festival over in Helena, so there's always lots of fans and musicians on hand. This year some of the musicians who've been announced include Bob Margolin, Bob Corritore, Jimmi Mayes, Bob Stroger, Darryl Davis, Kenny Brown, Billy Gibson, Ernest and Carla Roy, and Clay Swafford.

It's just $15, which goes to a great cause.

Earlier that day don't forget to visit the Cat Head Mini Blues Festival and the Second Street Festival, both in downtown Clarksdale.

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