We have been talking so much about festivals the last few weeks we thought it was time to introduce Bridging the Blues. We are so excited to be able to offer a Blues exhibit this year at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center featuring the photography of Billy Johnson and the artwork of Carolyn Norris, as well as past Delta Blues and Heritage Festival posters. Check out their great website and mark your calendar. Festival season is upon us, folks!
From our Friends at Bridging the Blues:
Bridging the Blues (BTB), a series of blues events taking place over several consecutive weeks, aims to maximize the opportunities for visitors to discover the richness of the blues tradition in the Mississippi Delta region. Sponsored by organizations in three states—Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee—BTB serves as an umbrella organization to promote a wide variety of blues-related activities.
There is no official BTB itinerary; instead, we aim to include all blues activities taking place in the tri-state region, some of which may conflict. While many events are free, there are charges to attend certain festivals or club performances. When possible this information is included on the calendar. Music festivals anchor BTB, most notably the internationally renowned King Biscuit Blues Festival
in Helena, Arkansas, which features dozens of musicians on multiple stages the first or second weekend in October.
The new Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
will be staged in a beautiful riverfront park 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 honors the Delta piano great at the Hopson Plantation outside of Clarksdale, Mississippi. In addition to these festivals a multitude of events will take place at venues including blues museums, juke joints, casinos, and town squares. Over the next months many events will be added to the official schedule, but visitors are also encouraged to explore the region on their own, tracking down gravesites of blues legends including Robert Johnson or exploring the 170 markers of the Mississippi Blues Trail.