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Delta Blues Calendar Listing

March 25, 2015


CELEBRATE "MUDDY WATERS MONTH"

AT DELTA BLUES MUSEUM

CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI






Special Museum Events and Exhibits Running Throughout the Month of April

 
 

APRIL 4:

MUDDY WATERS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

 

Open to the public at Delta Blues Museum

Cupcakes free while supplies last.

Sponsored by Kroger

   

APRIL 7:

ARTWALK

 

Open to the public at Delta Blues Museum

Extended Museum hours 9:00am - 7:00pm.

   

APRIL 10:

BOOKSIGNING & CONVERSATIONS IN THE BLUES

 

Open to the public at Delta Blues Museum Classroom

   

1:00pm

BOOKSIGNING with Ben Wynne,
Author of "IN TUNE - Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers and the Roots of American Music"

Though Charley Patton and Jimmie Rodgers lived under dissimilar laws, playing different styles of music, Ben Wynne explains in his new book these touchstone Mississippi pickers shared similar experiences. In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music not only traces the two legends' trajectories but also the social context in which they played.

   

2:30pm

Call and Response with 86-year-old LC Ulmer

Blues artist/educator Big Jon Short leads the discussion.

   

4:00pm

Call and Response with 83-year-old Leo "Bud" Welch

Blues artist/educator Big Jon Short leads the discussion.

   
APRIL 11: 2015 JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL

Open to the public

Live music on the Delta Blues Museum Stage

    1:00pm - Delta Blues Museum Band

    2:00pm - Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

    3:00pm - The Griot Ensemble

    4:00pm - DeltaRoX (Delta State University)

    5:00pm - Ol' Skool Revue (Delta State University)
   
APRIL 12: MUSEUM SPECIAL HOURS

Open to the public

Special Museum hours 12:00pm (Noon) - 5:00pm


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.

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 for 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.