Posts Tagged ‘Blues’

Sonny Boy Williamson getting Mississippi Blues Trail marker

HELENA, Ark. — Sonny Boy Williamson, a blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter from Mississippi, will be recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail tomorrow at 5 p.m. The unveiling will take place at 324 Phillips in Helena, Arkansas, a city in which Williamson lived and performed. Helena was home to a flourishing […] [...]

Blues marker going up to honor iconic railroad crossing

MOORHEAD — The spot where the east-west line of The Southern Railway intersected with the north-south line of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad in Moorhead will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The unveiling is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Washington Street and West Delta Avenue in Moorhead. The […] [...]

Drivin’ and honky-tonkin’ — Bridging the Blues returns for third year

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Blues, Business, Delta, Mississippi, music

The state of Mississippi is actively engaged in a campaign to “package” the blues in an effort to promote regional tourism, a prime example being the multi-state Mississippi Blues Trail. That is also the mission of the Bridging the Blues (BTB), a tri-state music pilgrimage that takes in more than 100 musical events, including 15 […] [...]

State erects second international Blues Trail marker in France

CAHORS, France — Mississippi’s second international Blues Trail marker was unveiled yesterday in Cahors, France. Malcolm White, director of Visit Mississippi, and Robert Terrell, director of operations at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, joined local officials for the unveiling. The event took place just before the opening of the 33rd Annual Cahors […] [...]

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It’s summer — party time! A list of Mississippi festivals

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: Blues, Business, festivals, food, Mississippi, music

» The Oxford Blues Festival is certainly not the only event scheduled this summer. Local culture, food, music, art and more will be offered across the state this month and into August. “Throughout the summer, communities host festivals and fairs that showcase the authentic sights and sounds of our state’s culture and invite residents and […] [...]

EATING UP THE BLUES — 5th Annual Oxford Blues Festival adds food to the lineup

Darryl Parker, organizer of the 5th Annual Oxford Blues Festival, recently received some inspiration — and validation — on a lonely stretch of Mississippi highway. “I was traveling along when I saw a van full of people that had pulled off of the side of the road,” Parker remembered. “The folks had stopped at a […] [...]

New Blues Trail marker to be unveiled in Tunica

TUNICA — The iconic Hollywood Café will be the newest site recognized with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker this week. The marker unveiling is scheduled for today at 5 p.m. at 1585 Old Commerce Road, Tunica Resorts. The Hollywood Café, both at this site and its original location in Hollywood, Miss., earned fame as a […] [...]

Blues Trail marker ceremony moved due to weather

JACKSON — Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the location for today’s Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveilings has been changed. The markers for both Charley Patton and the Chatmon Family/Mississippi Sheiks will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at the Mississippi e-Center @ Jackson State University located at 1230 Raymond Road in Jackson. Live entertainment […] [...]

Mississippi to take center stage at Blues Hall of Fame induction

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Blues Foundation will induct new members, songs/albums and blues-related literature when it holds its Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony in May, and Mississippi will be well represented. Blues saxophonists Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Shaw and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson will be inducted as well as Mississippi hill country patriarch R.L. Burnside […] [...]

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