CLARKSDALE: Music Maker Festival (a tribute to Mr. Tater)


“A tribute to the late, great Mr. Tater — The Music Maker of Clarksdale”

Hailed as the last of the Mississippi Delta blues street musicians, Foster “Mr. Tater” Wiley (1947-2010) made friends and fans around the world through his spirited performances most days and many nights in historic Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Mr. Tater appeared in major media around the globe, recorded over a dozen CDs, and shared the stage with an amazing array of fellow blues artists.  He is perhaps best remembered for his daily solo shows outside of the Cat Head store, his late-night weekend jams at Ground Zero Blues Club, and his regular Sunday night gig at Club 2000.  He is missed but far from forgotten.  (Thanks to Mary Jane Haley and friends for coordinating this event.)

Saturday, November 20, 2010
Festival & related blues events in Clarksdale:

11am – CAT HEAD – Yalls Bluesband
1pm – CAT HEAD – “Mississippi: State of Blues” book signingwith Ken Murphy & Scott Barretta (book includes a photo of Mr. Tater)
2pm – CAT HEAD – Terry “Harmonica” Bean as heard on XM Radioand seen in “M for Mississippi”
3pm – CAT HEAD – Dedication of Mr. Tater Memorial, featuring a new portraitby Rickey Smith of Clarksdale
3:10pm – CAT HEAD – The Tater Tots reunion show with John Ruskey, BillAbel, Stan Street and Dixie Street
5:30pm – CHANNEL ZILTCH (across from Lambfish Gallery on 3rd St.) -Weejy
6:45pm – CHANNEL ZILTCH (across from Lambfish Gallery on 3rd St.) -Walt Busby
8pm – CLUB 2000 – Anthony “Big A” Sherrod as seen in BluesRevue magazine
9pm – RED’S LOUNGE – James “T-Model” Ford as seen in “Mfor Mississippi”
9pm – GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB – “TCB” Blues Band Birthday Blowout(TCB’s a “copy by day, bluesman by night”)

And more TBA… (info here and at as we receive it)

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