America’s Delta Blues: The Blessissippi Crossroads Concert


Press Release - March 22, 2012
Explore.org and the Ground Zero Blues Club
Clarksdale, MS and Santa Monica, CA

Concert April 28, 2012 at Ground Zero Blues Club

Special VIP Reception April 27, 2012 at Delta Blues Museum

Limited Tickets Available - Order Yours Before They're Gone
General Admission $45
VIP $150
- ticket includes special VIP reception
UPDATE: 04/27/2012 - Please stop by the Ground Zero Blues Club for general admission tickets on Saturday, April 28, 2012. VIP tickets are SOLD OUT - only General Admission is available through the club.

 
 
Bobby Keys and
Keith Richards of
the Rolling Stones
 
Morgan Freeman with
Bill Luckett
 
Bobby Keys
 
Maria Muldaur

Explore.org and the Ground Zero Blues Club Presents

America’s Delta Blues: The Blessissippi Crossroads Concert

Special Delta Blues Event Featuring Actor Morgan Freeman Will Help Fund Music and Music Technology Education in Mississippi’s Delta Region

Clarksdale,  MS  and  Santa  Monica,  CA  -­-  This  April, dozens of Delta Blues greats from Mississippi and beyond will converge in Clarksdale, Mississippi to play their hearts out to blues fans around the world. The event, dubbed America’s Delta Blues: The Blessissippi Crossroads Concert, is an effort by philanthropic media organization explore.org and the Ground Zero Blues Club  in Clarksdale to raise attention around the value of music and music technology education in the Mississippi Delta region, and to benefit the America’s Delta Blues Scholarship Fund at Delta State University.  Acclaimed actor/narrator Morgan Freeman and explore.org founder Charlie Annenberg Weingarten will be on hand to host the night, which will be broadcast live nationwide on LINK TV and streamed live globally via explore.org and delayed and/or live on XM Radio’s Bluesville Channel.

Jimmi Mayes

The Blessissippi Crossroads Concert will feature some of the best blues and Delta Blues  acts on the scene today including performances by  Bobby Keys and Sugar Blue of the Rolling Stones,  Bill Payne of Little Feat, Grammy nominated singer  Maria Muldaur, Albert Bashor, James “Superchikan” Johnson, Bill  “Howlin Madd” Perry, T-Model, Robert “Wolfman”  Belfour, Alphonso Sanders, King Edward, Mickey Rogers,  Jeremy Jemmot, Rick Lewis, Jimmi Mayes, Sharo Perry,  Stacy Mitchhart, Mark Yacavone, Big T, Big A,  Big Dave, Mark “Muleman” Massey, Stan Street, Watermelon  Slim, Heather Cross and Heavy Suga, Kingfish, All  Night Long Band, Abdul Rasheed, Lightening Malcolm,  Andy Frasco, La La, Rachel Coba, Daddy Rich, and  Josh "Razorblade" Stewart.  The musicians will perform  in an effort to raise money for the America’s  Delta Blues Scholarship Fund, which will help children  and young adults achieve an education in music or  music technology through various programs run by  Delta State University’s Delta Music Institute  (DMI),  and the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale.

Bill"Howl-N-Madd" Perry

explore.org, the multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation, will donate the first $250K to help start the fund, which they hope will give underprivileged kids and young adults a chance to pursue their dreams and change our world.

“Music is the soundtrack to our life and follows us everywhere we go,” said Charlie Annenberg Weingarten. “By giving underprivileged kids the chance to pursue their dream of working within the music industry, we are giving them a chance to not only change their own lives, but to possibly change ours too.”

America’s Delta Blues: The Blessissippi Crossroads Concert takes place from 8:00pm to 12:00am CST on April  28,  2012  at  the  Ground  Zero  Blues  Club  in  Clarksdale,  Mississippi.  Tickets  are  available  in  limited quantities, and cost $45 for General Admission and $150 for VIP.  VIP includes a private catered reception on Friday evening at The Delta Blues Museum featuring the premiere of the Explore.org documentary Blessissippi-­-Blues Ground America, live music by Delta Blues musicians and special guests.

Jerry Jemmott

The event will be aired live on LINKTV from 8:00 to 11:00pm CST, and streamed live on explore.org from 8:00-­-12:00am CST.

For more information please visit www.explore.org. Tickets can be purchased through the Delta Blues Museum online or call 662-627-6820.

About Ground Zero Blues Club www.groundzerobluesclub.com

About explore.org

explore.org is a multimedia organization that documents visionary leaders fromaround the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes.  Both educational and inspirational, explore.org creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing the selfless acts of others.  explore.org’s growing library consists of more than 250 original films and 30,000 photographs from around the world. explore.org showcases its work at film festivals, on over 100 public broadcast and cable channels, and on numerous online destinations including explore.org, Snag Films, Hulu and TakePart, featuring a wide range of topics—from animal rights, health and human services, and poverty, to the environment, education and spirituality. Delivered in short, digestible bites, explore.org films appeal to viewers of all ages, from children learning about other cultures for the first time, to adults looking for a fresh perspective on the world around them.

 
James "Super Chikan" Johnson
 
Bill"Howl-N-Madd" Perry
 
King Edward
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