BRIDGING THE BLUES – from Leland to Clarksdale to Helena and beyond!!!

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“BRIDGING THE BLUES” HIGHLIGHTS:

Thursday, September 27

– Stevie J, Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg, 7-10pm. Part of the “Vicksburg’s Got the Blues” series the Vicksburg Blues Society is presenting together with Ameristar

– Blues Jam Night at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, 8pm.

Friday, September 28

– Blues book signing, Language of the Blues, with author Debra Devi, Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, 252 Delta Ave., Clarksdale, Mississippi, 3pm

–  Bobby Rush at the historic Club Ebony, Indianola, Mississippi. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The club is now owned by the nearby B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, and just started offering live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, usually for $5.

– David Dunavent & The Evil Love Band, The Blue Biscuit, Indianola, Mississippi

– book signing, Catfish & Cotton, with authors Luc and Marc Borms, Highway 61 Blues Museum, Leland,  Mississippi, 4 – 6pm

– book signing, Da Delta, Black Music, and Me, by Lamar Thomas,  Hobnob gallery, 315 Elizabeth Road, Leland, Mississippi, 4 – 6pm

– Kick-off party for the Highway 61 Blues Festival, Bud’s Place, 901 North Main, Leland, Mississippi. Doors open at 7:00pm, featuring Pat Thomas, Eddie Cusic, the Delta Connection Band, John Horton and the Hammers, emcee D.J. Hot Sauce

– Mark Doyle and Dr. Who, Walnut Hill Blues, 1214 Adams Street, Vicksburg. 601-638-4910

Saturday, September 29

– Highway 61 Blues Festival, Leland, Mississippi. Noon till 10pm, Buster Morlino Community Center on North Broad Street. Two stages–one indoor–featuring veteran Mississippi blues artists including Eddie Cusic, Pat Thomas, L.C. Ulmer, John Horton, Mickey Rogers, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes; north Mississippi blues from Cedric Burnside Project and Lightnin’ Malcolm, and Louisiana’s Duwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers.

– Indian Bayou Arts Festival, downtown Indianola, MS.

– T.K. Soul at the Club Ebony, Indianola, Mississippi. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

– Gateway to the Delta Festival, Charleston, Mississippi. Super Chikan, Kudzu Kings, Blue Mountain, Alphonso Sanders, 1-10pm. Also 5k run, BBQ competition.

– Lil’ Malcolm and the Houserockers (zydeco), Levitt Shell, Overton Park, Memphis.  Free show at this historic outdoor venue.

– Mark Doyle and Dr. Who, Walnut Hill Blues, 1214 Adams Street, Vicksburg. 601-638-4910

Sunday, September 30

– Holly Ridge Jam, Holly Ridge Store, Holly Ridge, Mississippi: Associated annually with the Highway 61 Blues Festival, this is a free and very informal blues jam at the resting place of blues pioneer Charley Patton; performers usually include local blues artists including Mickey Rogers, T-Model Ford. Holly Ridge is located about ten miles east of Leland.

– MS Delta Blues Gospel Brunch, da’ House of Khafre, 105 Main Street, Indianola, Mississippi

– Bill “Howlin’ Madd” Perry, Club Ebony, Indianola, Mississippi

– DiAnne Price and Her Boyfriends, Huey’s, 4872 Poplar Ave., Memphis, 8:30pm (free)

Monday, October 1

– Live blues at Hopson Commissary, Clarksdale, hosted by Ronnie Drew

– “Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues,” photographs of William Ferris, E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, 323 South Main, Greenville, Mississippi. The exhibit is up from September 14 to October 26, from Monday to Friday, 10 – 4; by appointment on Saturdays. For info call 662-332-2246. Ferris, a native of Vicksburg and the founder of the Center For the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, published a book of the same name several years ago.

– “Revisiting the Mississippi Delta,” a collection of the photos of Maude Schuyler Clay,  Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas. Open September 1 through December 8, 2012. Opening reception September 8, 5:30- 7:00 pm

– Marlow Dorrough, Airport Grocery, Cleveland, Mississippi,

– Sean “Bad” Apple, Bluesberry Cafe, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Tuesday, October 2

– Blues at historic Dockery Farms, home of Charley Patton and considered a birthplace of the blues. Tour conducted by Bill Lester of the Dockery Farms Foundation, with live music by Cadillac John and Bill Abel, 1 – 4pm. Dockery Farms is located between Cleveland and Ruleville, Mississippi, on Highway 8.
       
– Po’ Monkey’s Blues Bash, Merigold, Mississippi: Terry “Harmonica” Bean and his band at the internationally famous juke joint, sponsored by the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University. 8:00pm, $5 admission.

– Blues jam at LD’s Kitchen, 1111 Mulberry St., Vicksburg, Mississippi [601) 636-9838]:  Live music by Central Mississippi Blues Society (CMBS) band, starts at 8:30 pm.  The CMBS band usually includes leading Jackson area artists, including Pat Brown, King Edward, Rick Lewis, Dennis Fountain, and Abdul Rasheed. The group also plays every Monday night at Hal and Mal’s in Jackson. Here’s a video.

– “Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge,” showing of film recorded in 1981, 7:30pm at the Wild Hog Saloon, 305 Sonny Payne St., Helena, Arkansas. Info: 870.572.3408

Wednesday, October 3

– “Biscuit and Jamz,” King Biscuit Main Stage, Helena, Arkansas: free!

– Super Chikan and Zac Hood, Gateway to the Blues #BridgingTheBlues #Blues TweetUp,
4:00 pm, Gateway to the Blues Visitor’s Center, Tunica, Mississippi

– International Blues Challenge finals for Memphis Blues Society, 7pm @ Rum Boogie Cafe, Beale Street

– Blues jam, with Birthright Blues Project as house band. Wild Hog Saloon, 305 Sonny Payne St., Helena, Arkansas. Info: 870.572.3408

– All Night Long Blues Band at Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale

– Snake Drive at New Roxy Theater, Clarksdale, 8pm

– Deak Harp, Red’s, Clarksdale, Mississippi

– Liz Mandeville, CD release party, Bluesberry Cafe, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Thursday, October 4

– King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, Arkansas:  Headliner is Bobby Rush;  also Kenny Neal, Cyril Neville, Wayne Toups, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Sterling Billingsley Band, Chris O’Leary, others

– Art Alfresco Downtown, Greenwood, Mississippi.  Local artists will display their work and musicians will be playing in the street, with retail shops open late. Info: 662-453-7625

– Po’ Monkey’s juke joint, Merigold, Mississippi – the famous juke joint is usually only open on Thursdays

– King Edward,  Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg, 7-10pm. Part of the “Vicksburg’s Got the Blues” series the  Vicksburg Blues Society is presenting together with Ameristar

– Alvin Youngblood Hart, Levitt Shell, Overton Park, Memphis.  Free show at this historic outdoor venue.

– International Blues Challenge finals for Memphis Blues Society, 7pm @ Rum Boogie Cafe, Beale Street.

– Juke Joint Thursday at Joe’s Place, 203 Carrolton Ave., Greenwood. For info call WGNL @ 662-453-1646. Each week WGNL books leading artists on the Southern Soul scene. Starts ca. 9pm

– Robert Bilbo Walker at New Roxy Theatre, Clarksdale, 9pm

– Julia Magness & Ben Stevens (Austin, TX),  Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 11am

Friday, October 5

– King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, Arkansas: Headliner is Taj Mahal; also Billy Branch, Carl Weathersby, Ruthie Foster, Anson Funderburgh, Vasti Jackson, Don McMinn, Ernest “Guitar” Roy, many more on two stages.

– Cyril Neville, Levitt Shell, Overton Park, Memphis.  Free show at this historic outdoor venue

– Bob Margolin, 10pm, Eric Hughes Band 5:30-9:30, Rum Boogie cafe, Beale Street

– Peterson Brothers Band, Club Ebony, Indianola, Mississippi

– Stacy Mitchart, Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, Mississippi

– Mark Doyle and Dr. Who, Walnut Hill Blues, 1214 Adams Street, Vicksburg. 601-638-4910

–  book signing, Catfish and Cotton, with authors and musicians Luc and Marc Borms, live music, 11am @ Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Saturday, October 6

–  King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, Arkansas: Headliner is Bonnie Raitt; also Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, James Cotton, Zakiya Hooker, Roy Rogers, Rev. John Wilkins, Eb Davis, the Cate Brothers, Fruteland Jackson, Reba Russell Band, Kenny Smith Band with Bob Margolin, Ann Rabson & Bob Corritore, Lonnie Shields, Phillip Stackhouse, Samantha Fish, Davis Coen, and many more on four stages, including a gospel stage

– 2nd Annual King Biscuit Call and Response: the Blues Forum 2012. Malco Theater, Cherry Street, Helena, Arkansas, 12 – 2pm. Two sessions: “Milestones in the Blues,” moderated by Don Wilcock, with the Cate Brothers, Fruteland Jackson, Roy Rogers, Art Tipaldi and Stacy Jeffress and “State of Blues in the Delta,'” moderated by Roger Stolle, with panelists to Big George Brock, Reba Russell, Rev. John Wilkins, and EB Davis.

– “Bit-O-Blues” Children’s area at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, 11am – 7:15pm

– Sam Chatmon Blues and BBQ Festival, Blue Front, downtown. Hollandale, Mississippi. Eden Brent, T-Model Ford, Eddie Cusic, Libby Rae Watson, John Horton

– Mississippi Blues Fest, Leflore County Civic Center, Greenwood, Mississippi: Soul blues show with Jeff Floyd, Ms. Jody, Andre Lee, Vick Allen & the Class Band. Tickets: 662.453.4065

– 2nd Street Blues Party, Clarksdale, Mississippi:  Free street music festival in front of the Rock & Blues Museum; Theo D., Stan Street, Selwyn Cooper, Daddy Rich, David Raye & David Summers

– Otherfest, The River Resort, Highway 1, Rosedale, Mississippi: Mostly rock acts, but also blues artists, including Bill Abel

– Mark Doyle and Dr. Who, Walnut Hill Blues, 1214 Adams Street, Vicksburg. 601-638-4910

– TBA, Club Ebony, Indianola, Mississippi

– 80-yr-old Mississippi Blues legend Big George Brock, Red’s world-famous juke joint, 395 Sunflower Ave., Clarksdale, Mississippi, 9pm till LATE!

– Ben Stevens (Austin, TX),  Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 11am

Sunday, October 7

– Cat Head Mini Blues Festival, Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art (252 Delta Ave),Clarksdale: Free event from ca. 9am to 3pm. Acts include Mississippi blues legends from “M for Mississipp” and “We Juke Up in Here”… including Robert “Wolfman” Belfour,Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Anthony “Big A” Sherrod, Big George Brock, Clarine Wagner, AllNight Long Blues Band and more! 9am till. FREE rain or shine under street tents.  BBQ available from Big Red.

– 12th Annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming, Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale. 2 – 7pm.  A benefit for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation. Three venues: the Hopson Commissary, the Juke Joint Chapel, and an outdoor acoustic stage. Featuring a tribute to the late Michael Burks with Preston Shannon; also Paul Oscher, Bob Margolin, Bob Stroger, Kenny Smith, Ann Rabson, Bob Corritore, Kenny Brown, Eden Brent, Jimmi Mayes, Little Frank Krakowski

– 2nd Street Blues Party, Clarksdale, Mississippi: free street festival in front of the Rock & Blues Museum; T-Model Ford, Theo D., Stan Street, Selwyn Cooper, Liz Mandeville, Daddy Rich

– Bill “Howlin’ Madd” Perry, Club Ebony, Indianola, Mississippi

– Blues Jam, Red’s, Clarksdale

Monday, October 8

– Bernie Pearl, Ronnie Drew, Hopson Commissary, Clarksdale

– Sean “Bad” Apple, Bluesberry Cafe, Clarksdale, Mississippi

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