Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Faculty and staff from Florida school explore sites in the Delta

CLEVELAND - Students and faculty from the St. Stephen's Episcopal School of Bradenton, Florida, visited the Delta all of last week. They explored the roots of the Blues at Dockery Farms, participated in the unveiling of the Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom Trail marker, toured the Emmett Till Memorial Trail, enjoyed lots of Delta catfish and barbecue, and spent the week talking with Delta people and visiting museums and historic sites. Their leader, William Southerland, was a participant in a workshop presented by the Delta State Delta Center for Culture and Learning two summers ago.  Seniors at St. Stevens can choose among trips to Paris, London, and the Mississippi Delta.



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Reception & Panel Discussion at the BBK Museum


Blues Artist of the Year

On April 3rd drummer Frank Vick of Greenville, MS was awarded the 2010 Blues Artist of the Year Award by the Indianola Blues Society.  This year the surprise presentation happened at the 4th Annual Mary Shepard Day at da’ House of Khafre in downtown Indianola - http://www.csadeturnipseed.com/home.  Vick was a part of the Club Ebony house band for many years playing with David Lee Durham, Bobby Whalen, David Burchfield, and Mickey Rogers.  He represented the blues society twice at the International Blues Challenge.  In 2005 he played with David Lee Durham & the Ladies Choice Band.  In 2008, Vick played with Mickey Rogers and the Soul Master Band.

Highway 61 Blues Festival Cancelled

The Highway 61 Blues Festival and the Holly Ridge Jam have been cancelled due to the current flooding disaster in the Delta.  The festival dates were June 4 & 5.  http://www.highway61blues.com/news_hwy_61_blues.html