Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bridging the Blues - Po' Monkey's

PHOTO:  Terry "Harmonica" Bean performs at Po’ Monkey’s Lounge.

CLEVELAND, Miss. - Delta State University’s Delta Center for Culture and Learning recently collaborated with the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce and Cat Head Blues and Folk Art, Inc., to host an evening of live Blues music at historic Po' Monkey's Lounge, in Merigold.  Terry "Harmonica" Bean and his band, together with several visiting musicians, provided the music.  The event was part of the new "Bridging the Blues" series, over a week of live entertainment in the Delta.  The series began with the Highway 61 Blues Festival in Leland, and ends with the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, one week later.  In between the festivals there has been live Blues music at numerous venues in the central Delta.  People from China, Japan, England, Belgium, France, Australia, Germany, and the Netherlands, as well as Americans from across the country attended the Po' Monkey's event, which was filmed by a documentary crew, and observed by two French travel writers who will publicize next year's events in Europe. 





Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Delta Center provides tour for the Mississippi Center for Justice

CLEVELAND, Miss. -- The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University recently provided a heritage tour for the Mississippi Center for Justice.  Participants in the tour included Center for Justice staff and members of their governing board.  The group is pictured in front of the Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Money Road, north of Greenwood, where they heard gospel music provided by the Heavenly Voices.  The group spent most of Friday and all of Saturday morning touring the Delta, and stopped at the B. B. King Museum in Indianola, Po’ Monkey’s Lounge for Blues music by Sean Appel and a tasting of locally produced tamales, and a visit to Peter’s Pottery in Mound Bayou.  Saturday afternoon, they drove to Oxford for a tour of Ole Miss and William Faulkner’s home.