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DELTA BLUES MUSEUM CELEBRATES

THE JOHN LEE HOOKER CENTENNIAL

THIS AUGUST

July 18, 2017

CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI

Events and programming throughout the month,

including a new interactive "Explore & Learn" website feature,

all sponsored by a Mississippi Delta National Heritage area grant and Visit Clarksdale


Visitors can learn more about John Lee Hooker's life & music
through the Museum's new "Explore & Learn" web feature.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CLARKSDALE, MS (18 July 2017) - The Delta Blues Museum will celebrate the centennial birthday of blues icon John Lee Hooker with a monthlong series of events and programming this August to commemorate the milestone, including a newly-unveiled interactive website feature that allows visitors to "Explore & Learn" more about the life and music of the legendary musician.

Through a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area , the Museum has created the "John Lee Hooker: Endless Boogie" website feature that traces the musician from his Clarksdale roots through his career and legacy. Museum Director Shelley Ritter says that, like the Museum's other online educational resources on Muddy Waters and Son House, this interactive web exhibit was created to expand experiential offerings for blues fans worldwide. "The Delta Blues Museum wants to honor John Lee Hooker's place in music history and give fans everywhere an interactive opportunity to discover the deeper story of his rise on the international stage," offers Ritter, adding, "'Endless Boogie' was created as a tribute to John Lee's well-deserved place in the pantheon of American roots artists."

A separate gallery exhibit will be installed at the Museum with John Lee Hooker artifacts and personal items on display, in collaboration with the John Lee Hooker Estate. Rare vinyl albums and 78s from the Museum's own collection are also part of the planned exhibit.

A complete list of the Museum's John Lee Hooker Centennial events and programs is available below. For more information on these events or other programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST

   

BLUE STAR FAMILIES RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION

As part of the Blue Star Museum program; available to active duty military and their family members; through Labor Day

SPECIAL CIGAR BOX GUITAR EXHIBIT

In advance of the Cigar Box Guitar Festival

JOHN LEE HOOKER EXHIBIT / SPECIALTY ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

Merchandise available Online and in the Delta Blues Museum Gift Shop, during normal business hours

   

AUGUST EVENTS / PROGRAMS

   
FRIDAY thru SUNDAY,
AUGUST
11th - 13th:

30th Annual Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival

On the DBM stage, schedule available at www.sunflowerfest.org

Special Museum hours on Sunday, August 13th from 1:00pm - 5:00pm




Foreward by Robert Plant

   
FRIDAY,
AUGUST 11:

Q&A with Panny Flautt Mayfield, author of LIVE FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA

Join the award-winning journalist and life-long Delta resident as she discusses her first book - a collection of rare photographs and stories about musicians from Robert Plant, B.B. King and ZZ Top to local Mississippi artists, documenting decades of blues and gospel music from the author's career as a live music photographer.

In the Museum classroom, at 4:00pm

   
SATURDAY,
AUGUST 12:

Q&A with Panny Flautt Mayfield, author of LIVE FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA

In the Museum classroom, at 5:30pm

   
SUNDAY,
AUGUST 13:

Q&A with Delta Blues Museum Ambassador Charlie Musslewhite

As part of our John Lee Hooker Centennial programming and as an official Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration event, the Grammy award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee will join host Jim O'Neal to share his thoughts on John Lee Hooker's legacy and the "State of the Blues".

Panny Flautt Mayfield will offer additional Q&A sessions on her new book, Live from the Mississippi Delta, before and after Mr. Musselwhite's talk.

In the Muddy Waters Wing, time TBD - please call the Museum (662) 627-6820 or visit www.deltabluesmuseum.org. for confirmed time(s)

   
MONDAY,
AUGUST 21:

Movie Night: The Blues Brothers (1980)

August is John Lee Hooker Month at the Museum, and the blues legend makes an appearance in this iconic film - as do many other Mississippi blues artists.

   
TUESDAY,
AUGUST 22:

John Lee Hooker Centennial Birthday Celebration

Free cupcakes all day long at the Museum

During business hours, while supplies last; sponsored by Kroger

   
THURSDAY,
AUGUST 24:

Diane Williams presents, "The Historic Journey of the African-American Quilter"

In the Delta Blues Museum classroom, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council Speakers Bureau




Personal effects such as gear, rare vinyl records from the artist's own collection and much more, as part of the Museum's John Lee Hooker Exhibit. Hat on loan courtesy of the John Lee Hooker Estate.


About the Delta Blues Museum

Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi's oldest music museum and the nation's first museum dedicated to the American art form known as the Blues. A 2013 recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Services--the nation's highest honor for museum and library service to the community--and a 2014 winner of the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, the Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form, the Blues. The Museum is honored to be a Great River Road Interpretive Center.

For more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.

The "Delta Blues Foundation" is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that supports the work of Delta Blues Museum. All funds solicited through the Delta Blues Foundation are raised to benefit the Delta Blues Museum. On-line tax deductible contributions to the Delta Blues Foundation include the Deeper Roots program and the General Fund (a monetarily unrestricted contribution made to the foundation in support of the museum). Memberships and the Buy a Brick program are funded directly to the Delta Blues Museum and are not considered tax deductible.

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Shelley Ritter, Director

This newsletter is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and,
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.