Bridging the Blues across three states!
Just Announced – Veteran Clarksdale area bluesman Robert 'Bilbo' Walker will play on Wednesday 9th October at the New Roxy, housed in a historic theatre in Clarksdale – could be considered an open air venue as it's missing a roof! Bridging the Blues have also just been awarded the Tourism Achievement Award at the Mississippi Tourism Association Awards – well done Bridging the Blues!
The Ultimate Blues Pilgrimage across the Mississippi Delta through Memphis, Arkansas and Mississippi
Since 2000 the Mississippi Delta region, in north-west Mississippi, has enjoyed a blues renaissance with new festivals, venues, museums and the Mississippi Blues Trail, a series of historic markers throughout the state. To help maximise visitors’ experience of the area’s blues heritage, the “Bridging the Blues” project is bringing you America’s music by co-ordinating events from Friday 27th September until Sunday 13th October giving visitors the chance to experience the richness of blues traditions.
Music festivals anchor Bridging the Blues, most notably the internationally renowned King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, which features dozens of musicians on multiple stages at the beginning of October. The new Mighty Mississippi Music Festival will be staged in a beautiful riverfront park in Greenville, Mississippi and incorporates the respected Highway 61 Blues Festival, which was originally founded in 2000. Other festivals include the Gateway to the Delta festival in the small town of Charleston, Mississippi and the annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming, which honours the Delta piano great at the Hopson Plantation our Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Juke joints, clubs and casinos from Memphis to Vicksburg, Mississippi will be presenting live music and visitors are encouraged to take self-guided tours throughout the region to visit the holy sites of the blues including tracking down the gravesites of blues legend Robert Johnson or exploring the 170 markers of the Mississippi Blues Trail. Clarksdale, the home of many blues clubs, is hosting several street parties, while other cities in the region will include blues events as parts of downtown arts celebrations. Other events are scheduled before, after and between the festivals, at venues including the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi, the Delta Cultural Centre in Helena and the Hopson Plantation outside of Clarksdale.
You can see the full Bridging the Blues 2013 schedule here.