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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Events in the Cleveland, Mississippi area during Bridging the Blues

The city of Cleveland and surrounding Bolivar County are strong participants in Bridging the Blues, and this year they have even more events to offer. Cleveland is the home of Delta State University, which is debuting a blues conference this year, while surrounding Bolivar County contains blues sites including Dockery Farms, the home of blues pioneer Charley Patton and Po Monkey's juke joint in Merigold (follow the links to see the blues markers at these locations).

Here's the events booked for BTB (if you're around the area earlier, you can visit the music festival Otherfest in Cleveland on September 20--see poster at the bottom of this post)

October 2 - Live Music at Po Monkey’s Juke Joint in Merigold - musicians to be announced

Oct 4-5 - 6th Annual Delta Fest Homecoming Celebration, Shaw
Shaw is the home of blues legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards, and the events wills take place on the Honeyboy Edwards Walking Trail downtown. On Saturday there will be live blues from circa 11am until 4pm, and on Sunday there'll be gospel music from 9am to noon.  Barbecue and southern cuisine will be available.

October 6 - Live blues music at Airport Grocery, Cleveland, 8-11 p.m. - musicians TBA

October 6-7 - International Conference for the Blues, Delta State University, Cleveland 
The conference will feature blues artist Alvin Youngblood Hart and keynote speaker Robert Santelli, the president of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. A new Grammy Museum is currently under construction at Delta State adjacent to the campus.

Po' Monkey's, by photographer Ken Murphy

October 9th - live music at Po Monkey’s juke joint, Merigold - musicians TBA

October 10-11 - 32nd Annual Octoberfest, Cleveland
Live music, Blues stage and Bloody Mary brunch, Memphis in May sanctioned barbecue contest, arts and crafts, and much more!

Ongoing exhibition - visit Ewing Hall on the DSU campus--the first building to your left as you enter campus on Highway 8--to visit an exhibit of sculptor Sharon McConnell-Dickinson's blues "lifecasts." Dickinson has captured the faces of dozens of blues artists, including legends Koko Taylor, Robert Lockwood, Jr., and Bobby "Blue" Bland. For more information visit her website.

ALSO - on September 20, a week before Bridging the Blues, Cleveland hosts the music festival Otherfest. It's mostly a rock event, but also features local blues musician Bill Abel.

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