Thursday, May 28, 2009

DSU has Permanent Blues Exhibit

CLEVELAND ―Delta State University and the Charles Capps Archives and Museum are the recent recipients of a generous gift of a new blues exhibit entitled “A Cast of Blues” by sculptor Sharon McConnell of Como, and formerly Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This outstanding exhibit is in the North lobby alcove of Ewing Hall on the campus and will remain on permanent display at the same location.

This donation includes almost 60 life masks of bluesmen, each cast directly from the face of the living person.  Blues fans who have long lamented of the lack of photographs of early bluesmen, will rejoice that McConnell has used her talent to preserve the likenesses of bluesmen in these three-dimensional sculptures, each of which captures the minutest details of a performer’s face. 

Blind since her late 20’s from a degenerative eye disease, McConnell expresses her connection to her subjects as a “mapping of their emotional surfaces.”   She says, “I have lost sight, but I have gained vision, and sculpture is a vehicle through which I can access my lost sense.”   McConnell goes on to say about her work, “It’s very intimate in the sense that you’re touching someone’s face and they can feel your intention and your care.  They’re giving me their joy and pain in their portrait, and I’m just kind of mapping it out as my hands go across their face.”

Included in this remarkable gift are the images of Bo Diddley, Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Little Milton, Bobby Blue Bland, Koko Taylor, and a host of others. 

For more information on the exhibit call the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at (662) 846-4311.

Photo: Life masks of bluesmen by sculptor Sharon McConnell




Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hernando Musicians Blues Trail Marker Ceremony


This upcoming Mississippi Blues Trail Marker Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

At 10:30 a.m., MDA Tourism Heritage Trails Program, the Mississippi Blues Commission, and the DeSoto County Tourism Association, will honor Hernando musicians.

Leigh Portwood

Heritage Trails

Mississippi Development Authority/Division of Tourism

P.O. Box 849

Jackson, MS 39205

Phone: 601.359.3061

Fax: 601.359.5048



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Y'allFest 09

May 30 Event – Carroll County Market News

It is indeed wonderful having so many things for folks to do and visitors to enjoy in our area. 

On Saturday, May 30 in Carrollton (at a nearby farm…) there is a benefit festival for the Carroll Society for the Preservation of Antiquities, to repair an historic building on the square in Carrollton - "The Merrill Museum."

Y’all Fest will be featuring some incredible songwriters in the U.S. and outstanding musical performers...  Hope you can join us and bring lots of friends!  Be sure to check our website for more info.

For more info contact: Cecil Abels


The Carroll County Market
607 Lexington St.
P.O. Box 186
Carrollton, MS 38917


Monday, May 25, 2009

Highway 61 Blues Festival Poster Signing

The Leland Blues Project announces their Poster Signing Event Thursday,
May 28, 2009 at the Highway 61 Blues Museum at 307 North Broad Street in
Leland, MS. Cristen Craven Barnard will be signing her artwork titled
"Street Music" which was selected as the poster art for the 10th Annual
Highway 61 Blues Festival. The public is invited to purchase their
poster and enjoy refreshments as well as performances by Pat Thomas,
Eddie Cusic and T-Model Ford.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ground Zero Anniversary Celebration

Ground Zero Blues Club
Clarksdale, MS
8th Anniversary Party
"North Mississippi Hill Country Blues Revue"
R.L. Boyce, Mary Ann "Action" Jackson, Joseph Burnside, Calvin Jackson, Hal
Reed, Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Como Breakdown and more!
$10 cover charge at the door; 9pm showtime; no pre-sale tickets (first come,
first serve). Ground Zero Blues Club, 0 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, MS.; 662-621-9009.