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Delta Blues Calendar Listing

March 23, 2017


CELEBRATE MUDDY WATERS

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF APRIL

AT DELTA BLUES MUSEUM

CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI

Annual "Muddy Waters Month" to feature special museum events,
sponsored by SafTCart, Coahoma County Tourism, Shack Up Inn,
Mississippi Arts Commission & Kroger




THROUGHOUT THE MONTH:

MUDDY WATERS SPECIALTY ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

In the Delta Blues Museum Gift shop during normal business hours

MUDDY WATERS "ARTIST SPOTLIGHT" FEATURE

On the Delta Blues Museum website

   

SATURDAY,
APRIL 04:

MUDDY WATERS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Open to the public at Delta Blues Museum; cupcakes free while supplies last.

   

FRIDAY,
APRIL 07:

1:30PM - "THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC EDUCATION" with Dr. Kerry Simon

The Coahoma Community College Director of Bands will share her thoughts and insight.

Open to the public - in the Delta Blues Museum classroom

5:30PM - "CELEBRATION OF BANDS" TRIBUTE

Featuring seven area high school drumlines, including Broadstreet High School, Leflore High School, Greenwood High School, Eastside High School and other special guests.

Delta Blues Museum Stage - free and open to the public

   

FRIDAY,
APRIL 21:

10:30AM & 1:30PM - CONVERSATIONS IN THE BLUES with Big Jon Short

Blues artist/educator leads the discussion, joined by Super Chikan (morning session) and Big George Brock (afternoon session).

Delta Blues Museum classroom

3:30PM - Q&A AND BOOKSIGNING with Kim Rushing

Author/photographer discusses and signs copies of his book, PARCHMAN: "In 1994, photographer R. Kim Rushing was the first outside photographer in Parchman's history to be allowed to photograph inmates. In Parchman, he offers a glimpse of the men incarcerated in this famous place. Eighteen volunteer inmates, ranging in custody level from trustee to death row, are presented through images and their own handwritten letters." Photography is also on display in the Delta Blues Museum gallery.

Open to the public - in the Delta Blues Museum classroom

   

SATURDAY,
APRIL 22:

2017 JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES

Live music on the Delta Blues Museum Stage

    1:00PM - Delta Blues Museum Band

    2:00PM - TBA

    3:00PM - Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

    4:00PM - Ol' Skool Revue

    4 :45PM - DeltaRoX

    5:30PM - B4Y2K

   
SUNDAY,
APRIL 23:

SPECIAL MUSEUM HOURS

Open from 10:00am - 4:00pm

1:00pm - REMEMBERING MUDDY with Joseph Morganfield

The son of Muddy Waters shares his personal stories of the Blues legend

Open to the public - in the Delta Blues Museum classroom

   
MONDAY,
APRIL 24:

7:00pm - MOVIE NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM!

Featuring "THE LAST WALTZ" with a guest appearance by Muddy Waters

Delta Blues Museum stage - free and open to the public.

   
FRIDAY,
APRIL 28:

FRIDAYS AT THE STAGE

Joe Garcia & The Big Guns

Delta Blues Museum stage - free and open to the public.

   

About Muddy Waters

McKinley Morganfield - better known as Muddy Waters - is one of the most powerful forces behind American music today. Muddy was born on April 4th, 1913, in the Delta near Rolling Fork, Mississippi, and later moved to Clarksdale, where he worked and lived on Stovall Plantation. The son of a talented bluesman, Muddy taught himself to play bottleneck slide guitar as a teen; a chance recording with Alan Lomax inspired Muddy to become a full-time musician.

Playing with Son Sims around the Mississippi Delta, in Memphis and in St. Louis, Muddy eventually found his musical home in Chicago, where he signed with Chess Records and changed the game by electrifying the blues. He scored 15 hits in the 1950s alone, effectively creating the sound known as "Chicago blues," a sound that immediately resonated with aspiring young musicians like Paul Butterfield and Johnny Winter. Muddy took his amplified sound overseas to Europe, where his musical shockwaves started a revolution that continues today, through the artists he influenced - most notably Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and The Rolling Stones, who took their name from a Muddy Waters song.

Only at the Delta Blues Museum can visitors "Follow Muddy" and learn more about Muddy Waters' musical journey through an interactive educational feature available online, and only at the Delta Blues Museum can guests see Muddy's actual cabin from Stovall Plantation - the remains of which have been preserved and housed in the Delta Blues Museum's Muddy Waters Addition.


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. 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 recipient 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 also recognized as 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.

Members of the press may register in the PRESS ROOM on the Museum's website to access further information, downloadable images and related materials.

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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.