March 19, 2014
35th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS & EXHIBITS
AT DELTA BLUES MUSEUM
**APRIL IS MUDDY WATERS MONTH AT DELTA BLUES MUSEUM**
ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT DESK
APRIL 3: "IN
THE BELLY OF THE BLUES" EXHIBIT OPENING
Opening reception for "In the
Belly of the Blues" photography exhibit, running through
July 31st, with special guest Terry Abrahamson. From
the website: "Terry Abrahamson won a Grammy
writing songs for Muddy Waters, helped launch the
career of George Thorogood, created the first radio
commercial ever performed by John Lee Hooker...'In
the Belly of the Blues' is (Abrahamson's) book, part
of the permanent collection of the Library of the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
At Delta Blues Museum, 5:00
pm- 7:00 pm, music by Heavy Suga and The Sweet Tones.
Exhibit, reception and related
events sponsored by Wal-Mart, Barnes Pettey, Shack
Up Inn, Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment
for the Arts and Friends of the Delta Blues Museum
APRIL 4: MUDDY WATERS BIRTHDAY
Join Museum staff and supporters in this day-long celebration, complimentary cupcakes for all who attend.
At Delta Blues Museum, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
TERRY ABRAHAMSON PRESENTS
THE BELLY OF THE BLUES"
A multimedia presentation by the Grammy-winning songwriter,
photographer and author.
At Delta Blues Museum, 4:00 pm, open to
media, free to public
APRIL 5: BOOKSIGNING WITH
the Belly of the Blues: Chicago to Boston to L.A. 1969-1983.
At Delta Blues Museum, 1:30 pm -
APRIL 10 - 13: 2014 JUKE JOINT
FESTIVAL (various locations city-wide)
Delta Blues Museum open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday
APRIL 11: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BESSIE SMITH Multimedia presentation by Matt Keeler
At Delta Blues Museum, 1:00 pm
BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS PRESENTATION Presentation on the Mississippi Blues Trail curriculum by Big Jon Short and notable Mississippi blues musicians--open to educators, students and blues fans.
At Delta Blues Museum, 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm
APRIL 12: THE LIVES AND MUSIC OF BOZIE STURDIVANT AND JOHN WORK
With musician and scholar Stephen Wade, author of The
Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American
Experience. From the website, "This study showcases
nearly two decades of research during which Wade tracked down
the communities, families, and performers connected with early
Library of Congress field recordings all across the American
South. These recordings, which Wade brought together in
A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings (Rounder
Records, 1997), also gave rise to his folksong commentaries
that have aired on National Public Radio's Morning Edition
and All Things Considered."
At Delta Blues Museum, 10:30 am
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM BAND PERFORMANCE
On Museum Main Stage at 2:00 pm
MAY 9: A CONVERSATION WITH TOM GRAVES & BOOKSIGNING
The Life and Afterlife of Robert Johnson. Booksigning
to follow. From the website, "Crossroads won the Blues
Foundation's award for Literature in 2010 and is considered
the definitive word on its enigmatic subject."
At Delta Blues Museum, 3:00 PM
JULY 17: "GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN" EXHIBIT OPENING
Opening reception for photography exhibit by Billy Johnson.
At Delta Blues Museum, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts
AUGUST 8 - 10: 2014 SUNFLOWER RIVER BLUES & GOSPEL FESTIVAL
Museum Main Stage ("Melville Tillis stage") performances
from the Delta Blues Museum Band and an all-star festival
lineup-details at www.sunflowerfest.org
Special Museum hours on Sunday from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
More about Delta Blues Museum
A 2013 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Services--the nation's highest honor for museum and library service to the community--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 seeks $1.2 million for new and enhanced exhibits for its expansion, including the Muddy Waters Addition. Expanded exhibits will enable the cultural organization to better preserve and display the history and work of blues artists from the Mississippi Delta, and advance the Museum's ability to "tell" stories that inspire and educate future generations about this important American art form.
For online donations or for
more information on events or programs, please call (662)
627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.
Members of the press may register on the Museum website to access the PRESS
ROOM for further information, images and materials.
This newsletter is supported in part
by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal