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Friday, July 17, 2015

Lineup for the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival -- Oct. 2 - 4 in Greenville, Miss.

The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, which incorporates the Highway 61 Blues Festival, is a one of the signature events of Bridging the Blues. Located along the Mississippi River in the beautiful Warfield Point Park, the festival features a broad array of music with a good heap of traditional blues across two stages.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Come help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas - October 7 - 10

One of the key events of Bridging the Blues, The King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a lineup that includes Bobby Rush, Taj Mahal, Jimmie Vaughan with Lou Ann Barton, Ruthie Foster, Paul Thorn and Lucky Peterson

In addition to the main stage, located across from the Mississippi River levee, are multiple smaller venues, including a gospel stage, a children's stage and the intimate Front Porch stage. There's also going to be lots of live music at the Delta Cultural Center along historic Cherry Street, where the King Biscuit Time radio show is broadcast every weekday -- it first went on the air in Helena in 1941!

The festival also hosts the annul Call and Response Symposium, a BBQ cook off, and a 5k/10k run. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

International Conference on the Blues -- Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi - October 5-6

One of the most unique Bridging the Blues events is the International Conference on the Blues, which was founded in 2014 in tandem with the planning of a new blues studies program at Delta State University. It's held on the premises of the Delta Music Institute, a longstanding professional music education program at the University.

Last year the Conference featured an interview with and performance from Alvin Youngblood Hart, an informal "juke joint" jam session, and multiple paper sessions, with scholars from around the world.

The conference schedule or participants have yet to be announced, but those interested in making presentations can go here.