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Summertime Events and Programming at Delta Blues Museum

June 27, 2017

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Including a special celebration of the John Lee Hooker Centennial in August, sponsored by a Mississippi Delta National Heritage area grant and by Visit Clarksdale

THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER:
BLUE STAR FAMILIES RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION
As part of the Blue Star Museum program; available to active duty military and their family members; through Labor Day
JOHN LEE HOOKER SPECIALTY ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Online and in the Delta Blues Museum Gift Shop, during normal business hours

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JULY:
"30 Years of the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival" exhibit on display

TUESDAY, JULY 04:
Museum will be closed in observance of Independence Day

MONDAY, JULY 24:
Movie Night: Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

Based on the song written by Mississippian Bobbie Gentry, the film tells the fictional story of "the day that Billy Joe McCallister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge," which is located within an hour of Clarksdale. Museum highlights will feature an Artist Spotlight on Tallahatchie County's own Sonny Boy Williamson as well as an exhibit on Sonny Boy in the gallery along with a "King Biscuit Time" display.


All sponsored "Movie Nights" are official Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration events and are free and open to the public at the DBM stage, with a brief commentary by filmmaker Coop Cooper prior to screening; in case of inclement weather, the films will be shown in the upstairs meeting room of the museum, which is ADA accessible. Guests are encouraged to bring their own seating - each screening will start at approximately 8:00pm.

THURSDAY, JULY 27:
John Lee Hooker Exhibit "Endless Boogie" opening reception

The exhibit features guitars, gear, and many personal items owned by the musician, as well as rare 78s.

From 5:00pm - 7:00pm in the Museum gallery

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST:
John Lee Hooker Month at Delta Blues Museum
Cigar Box guitar exhibit in advance of Cigar Box Festival

FRIDAY thru SUNDAY, AUGUST 11th - 13th:
30th Annual Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival

On the DBM stage, schedule available at www.sunflowerfest.org

Special Museum hours on Sunday, August 13th from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11:
Q&A with Panny Flautt Mayfield, author of LIVE FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA

Join the award-winning journalist and life-long Delta resident as she discusses her first book - a collection of rare photographs and stories about musicians from Robert Plant, B.B. King and ZZ Top to local Mississippi artists, documenting decades of blues and gospel music from the author's career as a live music photographer.

In the Museum classroom, at 4:00pm

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12:
Q&A with Panny Flautt Mayfield, author of LIVE FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
In the Museum classroom, at 5:30pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13:
Q&A with Delta Blues Museum Ambassador Charlie Musslewhite

As part of our John Lee Hooker Centennial programming and as an official Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration event, the Grammy award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee will join host Jim O'Neal to share his thoughts on John Lee Hooker's legacy and the "State of the Blues".

Panny Flautt Mayfield will offer additional Q&A sessions on her new book, Live from the Mississippi Delta, before and after Mr. Musselwhite's talk.

In the Muddy Waters Wing, time TBD - please call the Museum (662) 627-6820 or visit www.deltabluesmuseum.org. for confirmed time(s)

MONDAY, AUGUST 21:
Movie Night: The Blues Brothers (1980)

August is John Lee Hooker Month at the Museum, and the blues legend makes an appearance in this iconic film - as do many other Mississippi blues artists.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22:
John Lee Hooker Centennial Birthday Celebration

Free cupcakes all day long at the Museum

During business hours, while supplies last; sponsored by Kroger

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24:
Diane Williams presents, "The Historic Journey of the African-American Quilter"
In the Delta Blues Museum classroom, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council Speakers Bureau

SEPTEMBER MONDAY, SEPT 04:
Museum will be closed in observance of Labor Day

Summer Ends

More about 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 and the nation's first museum dedicated to the American art form known as the Blues. 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 winner 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. The Museum is honored to be a Great River Road Interpretive Center.

For more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.

The "Delta Blues Foundation" is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that supports the work of Delta Blues Museum. All funds solicited through the Delta Blues Foundation are raised to benefit the Delta Blues Museum. On-line tax deductible contributions to the Delta Blues Foundation include the Deeper Roots program and the General Fund (a monetarily unrestricted contribution made to the foundation in support of the museum). Memberships and the Buy a Brick program are funded directly to the Delta Blues Museum and are not considered tax deductible.

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1 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Phone: 662-627-6820
Email: info@deltabluesmuseum.org