(Cleveland, MS) – Registration is open for the 4th annual International Conference on the Blues, which will take place on Oct. 1–3 in Cleveland, largely on the grounds of the Grammy Museum Mississippi. The featured artist is New Orleans soul/R&B vocal legend Aaron Neville, who will perform on the 3rd, and the conference will also celebrate the centennial of blues icon John Lee Hooker and the Delta fieldwork of folklorist Alan Lomax.
The conference is part of Delta State University’s International Delta Blues Project, a program run by the Delta Center For Cultural and Learning that also offers a blues studies minor and graduate certificate as projects intended to boost the region’s cultural economy.
“The mission of the Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of the Mississippi Delta’s culture and history,” the Center’s director, Rolando Herts, said. “The blues was born here, and educating residents and visitors about the global significance of blues music and culture is very much a part of fulfilling Center’s mission.”