Pearl River Resort Announces the First Annual
Blues at the Moon Music Festival
Presented by Ground
Zero Blues Club at the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino
Music Legends The
Fabulous Thunderbirds and Solomon Burke
Named As Headline
Acts for Free Weekend Event
CHOCTAW, Miss. (October 6, 2008) - Pearl River Resort,
the Southeast's premier luxury gaming and entertainment
destination, will host the first annual Blues at The
Moon music festival presented by Ground Zero Blues Club,
at the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino on October 17
and 18. The festival comes in advance of the planned
Ground Zero Blues Club, an initiative being spearheaded
by Academy Award-winning actor and Blues enthusiast
Morgan Freeman and scheduled to open at The Golden Moon
" The Blues at The Moon festival demonstrates Pearl
River Resort's commitment to Blues music as we move
forward with plans for the new Ground Zero Blues Club,"
said Freeman, who co-owns the original Ground Zero Blues
Club in Clarksdale, MS. "The club and the festival
have the same goal: furthering the understanding of,
and appreciation for, Blues music of all genres to all
The festival opens on the evening of October 17, featuring
Blues sensation's The Fabulous Thunderbirds as the headliners
at 10:30 P.M. who will perform their distinctive style
of Blues music. Saturday's headline act is the legendary
Solomon Burke who has been recording innovative blues
for more than 50 years. Burke will perform at 10:30
Other acts include Big Jack Johnson, Deborah Coleman,
Eddie Cotton, Jimmy Duck Holmes, Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry,
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Bobby Rush and Ruby
Wilson. A full list of musicians and scheduled performing
times can be found at www.pearlriverresort.com.
" Mississippi is synonymous with Blues music so
when we decided to host a music festival, it was an
obvious choice to celebrate the state's heritage with
Blues at The Moon," said Miko Beasley Denson, Chief
of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. "This
festival - as well as the new Ground Zero Blues Club
- is going to make the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino
an important way station on the Mississippi Blues Trail."
Award-winning artist John Robinette, a Memphis-based
artist who focuses on Delta-inspired artwork, has created
an original piece that will serve as the official festival
emblem available for purchase on both T-Shirts and posters.
And in the spirit of pairing great Blues with great
barbecue, a variety of barbecue and other Southern cuisine
will be readily available as well.
" Blues at The Schools"
On Friday, October 17 festival organizers will include
special "Blues at The Schools" lectures at
Philadelphia City and Neshoba Central elementary schools,
as well as several schools located on the Choctaw reservation.
Led by Dr. Alfonso Sanders, head of the Fine Arts Department
at Mississippi Valley State University, and recording
artist Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry, the education
sessions will help local students learn about the deep-seeded
roots that Blues music has in Mississippi. On the evening
of Thursday, October 16, Sanders and Perry will host
a free open-to-the-public discussion on Blues history
at the Old Ellis Theatre in Philadelphia. The evening
also will be punctuated by a jam session with professional
Benefit to Delta Blues Museum
To help support Blues education, Pearl River Resort
will be donating $2.00 for every person who attends
the festival to the Delta Blues Museum (up to $10,000).
Located at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 in
Clarksdale, MS - the legendary "crossroads"
of the beginnings of Blues music - the museum is a place
where visitors find meaning, value, and perspective
by exploring Blues history and heritage.
" The Blues at The Moon music festival brings great
acts, storied music history and a touch of southern
charm to The Golden Moon Hotel & Casino," added
Dale Hipsh, executive vice president and chief operating
officer of Pearl River Resort. "This is the first
year of what we hope will become the biggest music festival
in the state of Mississippi. As good ambassadors to
the state and huge fans of Blues music, we are honored
to be in the position to make a charitable donation
to an institution like the Delta Blues Museum that helps
keep Blues music a thriving art form."
For more information call (866) 44-PEARL or visit www.pearlriverresort.com.
About Pearl River Resort
Pearl River Resort, located in Choctaw, Mississippi,
is the Southern United States' first comprehensive luxury
gaming resort. The resort features the Silver Star and
Golden Moon, two exciting hotel/casinos with nearly
4,500 slot machines, more than 100 table games, 1,074
hotel rooms, 16 restaurants, European spa facilities,
shopping and live entertainment. Also featured is The
Dancing Rabbit Golf Club with two championship golf
courses and Geyser Falls Water Theme Park.
Pearl River Resort is a development of the Mississippi
Band of Choctaw Indians, a federally recognized, self-governing
tribe with approximately 9,600 members living on or
near reservation land. For more information, go to www.pearlriverresort.com.