Oxford American, the South's leading literary and
cultural magazine, will present "The Most Southern Weekend
on Earth," a two-day celebration of Southern music, literature,
food, and drink, in Clarksdale, Miss. on July 9th and
"We are thrilled to celebrate the release of our 2010
Best of the South issue with these events in the heart
of the Mississippi Delta," said Warwick Sabin, publisher
of The Oxford American. "James C. Cobb famously
called this area 'The Most Southern Place on Earth,' and
Clarksdale is the perfect setting to enjoy fun, fellowship,
and the best of Southern culture."
The weekend events are highlighted by two blockbuster
nights of music at Ground Zero Blues Club
(Blues Alley) that are an amazing value. Located in the
heart of historic downtown Clarksdale, Ground Zero Blues
Club is owned by local attorney and businessman Bill
Luckett, corporate entertainment producer Howard
Stovall, and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan
Freeman, and is dedicated to showcasing the best
of today's Delta Blues musicians.
On Friday, July 9, starting at 8 p.m., the lineup will
include legendary blues musician Robert Belfour,
the Clarksdale phenomenon Jimbo Mathus,
and the great Nashville songwriter and performer Kevin
Gordon. Admission for Friday night only is $20.
On Saturday, July 10, starting at 8 p.m., the energetic
and exciting True Soul Revue will take
the stage, followed by the weekend's headliner, the incomparable
Mose Allison. Admission for Saturday
night only is $30.
A special pass for both shows is available
for only $40.
And there will be additional activities during
the day on Saturday from 11:00- 6:00 including:
Interview with famed music writer Peter Guralnick,
author of Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern
Dream of Freedom, and Last Train to Memphis: The Rise
of Elvis Presley, and largely considered one of the giants
of American music history conducted by Marc Smirnoff.
Sat. 1:00 pm-2:30 at the Delta Blues Museum.
The First OA Independent (Southern) Beer Tasting and Contest,
moderated by Daniel Bradford, Publisher
of All About Beer Magazine (allaboutbeer.com) Sat. 4:30pm-6:00
at RUST Restaurant.
The Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail talk and tasting
moderated by Amy Evans Streeter, oral
historian of Southern Foodways Alliance (southernfoodways.com)
Sat. 11:00am-12:00 at Delta Amuseument Cafe'.
Special talks and presentations by OA contributing writers.
And more surprises and special guests!
To purchase tickets, call 501-320-5730, or visit www.oxfordamerican.org