Geva Theatre Center presents “Journey to the Son: A Celebration ofSon House” from August 26 – August 29, 2015. This once-in-a-lifetime,four-day festival weaves together music, theatre, film, audiorecordings, storytelling and lectures to celebrate Rochester’s adoptedson, Eddie “Son” House.
The Grammy Award-winner John Hammond, John Mooney and Friends, and pioneer of rap/blues fusion, Chris Thomas King (feature film Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?) will headline the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of the festival, respectively.
Another highlight of the celebration will be the dedication of anofficial Mississippi Blues Trail marker on Friday, August 28 near thesite where Son House resided in the Corn Hill Neighborhood of Rochester.This is the first marker of its kind in New York State and will be alasting legacy from this event that will attract blues lovers from allover the world to Rochester for decades to come.
Theatre, film, storytelling, lectures, and of course, music (bothworkshops and performances) make up this 4-day festival celebration. Avariety of performers, blues musicians and artists from all over thecountry will gather in Rochester to salute one of the world’s greatmusicians. The majority of events are free of charge to the public. Mostof the events will be held in and around Geva Theatre Center, withhands-on guitar workshops at the Eastman School of Music, outdoorperformances in Washington Square Park (weather permitting), and relatedblues performances at area bars/restaurants.