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Mississippi Blues Trail Stretches to Wisconsin September 24, 2010

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On Saturday, September 18 at 3:30pm, the 112th Mississippi Blues Trail marker was dedicated in Lime Kiln Park in Grafton, Wisconsin, near the former site of Paramount Records.

During the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Paramont Records label recorded many pioneering artists from Mississippi, including Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Skip James, Gus Cannon, Henry Townsend, the Mississippi Sheiks, Willie Brown, the Graves Brothers and others. This is the seventh marker dedicated outside of the state, and like the others, it demonstrates the wide reach and influence of Mississippi blues music.

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Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration to Benefit Pinetop Perkins Foundation October 10, 2010 September 24, 2010

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The 11th annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration will take place on Sunday, October 10th at Hopson’s Commissary and the Shack Up Inn from 2 to 7pm. It is held each year on the site of the old Hopson’s Plantation.

In the late 30s and early 40s, Hopsons was one of the first farms testing the newly invented cotton picking machine and Joe Willie Pinetop Perkins was their ace tractor driver. He was so good, in fact, that he had a deferment during the war to work for Mr. Hopson. This freed Pinetop to join the King Biscuit Boys on the radio in Helena and show a young precocious boy named Ike Turner how to play the piano.

Sixty years later the folks at the Shack Up Inn and Hopson’s Commissary welcomed back Pinetop naming a shack in his honor and hosting the first homecoming event. Occupying three stages, this year’s event will also be a benefit for the newly formed Pinetop Perkins Foundation. Its mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announces House of Blues Show featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the Rebirth Brass Band as part of 15th Annual American Music Masters® series Walking to New Orleans September 24, 2010

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Cleveland, OH – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has announced a special Friday night show as part of the 15th Annual American Music Masters® series in November. New Orleans’ own Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the Rebirth Brass Band will co-headline a show at Cleveland’s House of Blues on Friday, November 12 at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.LiveNation.com, http://www.HouseofBlues.com, the House of Blues Box Office, charge-by-phone (800-745-3000), or visit any Ticketmaster location.

Walking to New Orleans: the Music of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew will begin Monday, November 8 and will feature lectures, interviews, films and other educational programs throughout the week, culminating on Saturday, November 13 with a conference at Case Western Reserve University and a tribute concert at the Palace Theater in PlayhouseSquare. Tribute concert artists include American Music Masters honoree Dave Bartholomew, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lloyd Price, Dr. John and The Lower 911, Irma Thomas, The Rebirth Brass Band and Robert Parker. Additional guests will be announced in the coming weeks. (more…)