(Clarksdale, MS) – Annual “Muddy Waters Month” to feature special museum events as well as guest speakers and artists at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Muddy Waters “Artist Spotlight” Feature is on the Delta Blues Museum website
– APRIL 4: Muddy Waters Birthday Celebration is open to the public at Delta Blues Museum; cupcakes free while supplies last
– APRIL 7: “The Importance of Music Education” with Dr. Kerry Simon
The Coahoma Community College Director of Bands will share her thoughts and insight.
Open to the public; in the Delta Blues Museum classroom, at 1:30PM
“Celebration Of Bands” Tribute Featuring seven area high school drumlines, including Broadstreet High School, Leflore High School, Greenwood High School, Eastside High School and other special guests – Delta Blues Museum stage; free and open to the public, at 5:30PM
– APRIL 21: Conversations In The Blues with Big Jon Short. Blues artist/educator leads the discussion, joined by Super Chikan (morning session) and Big George Brock (afternoon session) – Delta Blues Museum classroom, at 10:30AM & 1:30PM
Q&A and Book Signing with Kim Rushing. The author/photographer discusses and signs copies of his book, Parchman: “In 1994, photographer R. Kim Rushing was the first outside photographer in Parchman’s history to be allowed to photograph inmates. In Parchman, he offers a glimpse of the men incarcerated in this famous place. Eighteen volunteer inmates, ranging in custody level from trustee to death row, are presented through images and their own handwritten letters.” Photography is also on display in the Delta Blues Museum gallery. – Delta Blues Museum classroom; open to the public, at 3:30PM
– APRIL 22: 2017 Juke Joint Festival Performances on the Delta Blues Museum Stage:
1PM – Delta Blues Museum Band, 2PM – TBA, 3PM – Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, 4PM – Ol’ Skool Revue, 4:45PM – DeltaRoX, 5:30PM – B4Y2K
– APRIL 23: Special Museum Hours Open from 10AM – 4PM
“Remembering Muddy” with Joseph Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters will share his personal stories of the Blues legend – Delta Blues Museum classroom; open to the public, at 1PM
– APRIL 24: Movie Night at The Museum! Featuring The Last Waltz with a guest appearance by Muddy Waters – Delta Blues Museum stage; free and open to the public, at 7PM
– APRIL 28 Fridays At The Stage: Joe Garcia & The Big Guns – Delta Blues Museum stage; free and open to the public
Throughout the month Muddy Waters specialty items will be available for purchase in the Delta Blues Museum Gift shop during normal business hours.
McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, is one of the most powerful forces behind American music today. Muddy was born on April 4th, 1913, in the Delta near Rolling Fork, Mississippi, and later moved to Clarksdale, where he worked and lived on Stovall Plantation. The son of a talented bluesman, Muddy taught himself to play bottleneck slide guitar as a teen; a chance recording with Alan Lomax inspired Muddy to become a full-time musician.
Playing with Son Sims around the Mississippi Delta, in Memphis and in St. Louis, Muddy eventually found his musical home in Chicago, where he signed with Chess Records and changed the game by electrifying the blues. He scored 15 hits in the 1950s alone, effectively creating the sound known as “Chicago blues,” a sound that immediately resonated with aspiring young musicians like Paul Butterfield and Johnny Winter. Muddy took his amplified sound overseas to Europe, where his musical shockwaves started a revolution that continues today, through the artists he influenced-most notably Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and The Rolling Stones, who took their name from a Muddy Waters song.
Only at the Delta Blues Museum can visitors “Follow Muddy” and learn more about Muddy Waters’ musical journey through an interactive educational feature available online, and only at the Delta Blues Museum can guests see Muddy’s actual cabin from Stovall Plantation–the remains of which have been preserved and housed in the Delta Blues Museum’s Muddy Waters Addition.
The annual “Muddy Waters Month” to feature special museum events, sponsored by SafTCart, Coahoma County Tourism, Shack Up Inn, Mississippi Arts Commission & Kroger.