Blues Save the Date & Press Release
August 2, 2012
Newest exhibits unveiled, panel discussions
and performances held August 8 - 12, 2012
CLARKSDALE, MS (August 2, 2012)
- The Delta Blues Museum will offer a full calendar
of free events for this year's 25th Annual Sunflower Blues
& Gospel Festival. While museum admission fees will
apply during regular hours, a variety of activities held after-hours
are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, August 8th
5:30 pm - "True Delta" Screening
at Delta Cinema, 11 Third Street, followed by panel discussion
of "State of the Blues," moderated by Living Blues magazine
co-founder Jim O'Neal. "True Delta" is a cinematic
snapshot of the blues tradition in and around Clarksdale.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Reception
for "True Delta" photography exhibit at Delta Blues Museum,
featuring photographs by Michael Scanlan taken from the
On display - "Celebrating
25 Years of the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival,"
a new exhibit, DBM galleries.
1:00 pm - Panel discussion:
"25 Years of the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival,"
in the museum classroom. The panel will be moderated
by Mississippi Blues Trail Historian Jim O'Neal, festival
co-founder, and features Patty Johnson, festival co-founder;
Catherine Clark, festival treasurer and volunteer since
the beginning; and Melville Tillis, who co-founded the Gospel
Festival with the late James Julius Guy. This is the inaugural
program in the museum's "From theArchive" series and is
financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities
through the Mississippi Humanities Council. It is also generously
made possible by the Mississippi Arts Commission, Micheal
Loyd Young and the Friends of the DBM.
6:00 pm Grits & Greens Party for VIP Festival
Patrons, on DBM grounds
Friday, August 10th
10:00 am - Mississippi Blues
Trail Marker dedication for the Sunflower River
Blues & Gospel Festival, on DBM grounds
4:00 pm Sunflower River Blues
Saturday, August 11th
9:00 am - Sunflower Festival
Musselwhite and the Museum Band in the Muddy Waters
Sunday, August 12th
Noon - 5:00 pm - DBM open,
special hours for Sunflower Festival Weekend ($7 admission)
2:00 pm - Fundraiser for the
DBM Arts & Education Program, featuring Charlie Musselwhite,
Lightnin' Malcolm and others at the Juke Joint Chapel, Shack
Up Inn [donation required].
5:00 pm - Gospel Festival begins, on the DBM stage
The Delta Blues Museum is
dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find
meaning, value, and perspective by exploring evolution of
the unique American musical art form of the Blues.
The City of Clarksdale, located at the intersection of Highways
61 and 49 ("the crossroads"), and the surrounding Delta
region are known as "the land where the Blues began." Since
its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted,
and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the Blues.
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 the state's oldest music
museum. The Delta Blues Museum classroom hosts
a year-round music education program as well as lectures
and symposia. The Delta Blues Museum Stage, adjacent to
the museum, serves as the main venue for local festivals
such as the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in
August and the Juke Joint Festival in April.
Through its newly launched
DEEPER ROOTS campaign, the museum's permanent collection
will be augmented with items and artifacts on loan from
artists and collectors from around the world. New
and expanded exhibits--some to be housed in the museum's
new 7,300 sq. foot Muddy Waters Addition--will utilize film,
video and music. Listening stations and interactive kiosks
will offer visitors a chance to hear the music created by
these artists and follow its development from Africa to
modern day. To find out more about DEEPER ROOTS online,
visit www.deltabluesmuseum.org/deeperroots or contact the
Museum Director for details.
For more information on events or programs contact the Delta Blues Museum 662-627-6820.
The Delta Blues Museum is located at #1 Blues Alley
in downtown Clarksdale.
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
Blues Museum Board of Directors
William H. Gresham, President
Yvonne Stanford, Secretary
Dr. Frank Marascalco
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