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Vicksburg is home to five blues trails markers: The Blue Room, Highway 61 South, Marcus Bottom, The Red Tops and Willie Dixon.
c. 1889. The center includes a fully restored historic 1889 Grand Opera House theater. Throughout the year musical performances and theater presentations offer world-class entertainment. This famous structure seats approximately 950, offers a 200-seat studio theater, and consists of 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a large exhibit hall, break out rooms and board rooms, all equipped with teleconferencing capabilities and built-in technical features to create the optimal meeting environment. Be sure to visit the MSU Riley Center website to see a list of year round performances and top name entertainment.
"Muddy Waters" Blues Trail Marker was placed in Clarksdale, MS designating the site of Muddy Waters' cabin to commemorate his importance to the music industry, especially the blues. His birth name was McKinley Morganfield. He was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader. He received six Grammy awards, five Blues Music Awards, and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1994 the U. S. Postal Service put his photo on the 29 cent stamp.
The Natchez Little Theatre presents 13 productions each year, with 115 performances. Presentations include drama, operetta, children's theatre, comedy, variety show or a mixture. Community entertainment, at it's best.
The Manor has twelve beautifully appointed queen rooms, and two suite-sized king rooms overlooking Antiques Row. Downstairs is the 600 Franklin Piano Bar, which often provides live entertainment on the weekends and serves up a delectable line of libations. If you feel the need to take in some fresh air, visit the Rooftop Terrace Bar on the third floor to indulge in drinks and comfortable seating while jazz and blues fills the air. Member of Bed & Breakfast Association of Mississippi.
A strip of juke joints that flourished from the 40's to the 70's and saw performances by the likes of Little Milton, Eddie Cusic, Charley Booker, Willie Love, T-Model Ford, Little Bill Wallace, and others.
Extensive collection of blues recordings, reference books and other memorabilia, including the personal collection of blues legend, B. B. King.
Blues Marker honoring Otha Turner, a master of the fife and drum who attracted an international following as a fife player, preserving a historic fife and drum music tradition that predated the Blues.
A seminal figure in the history of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson (1911-1938), synthesized the music of Delta Blues pioneers such as Son House with outside traditions. He in turn influenced artists such as Muddy Waters and Elmore James. Johnson's compositions, notable for their poetic qualities, include the standards "Sweet Home Chicago" and Dust My Broom." Johnson's mysterious life and early death continue to fascinate modern fans. He is thought to be buried in this graveyard.
Robert Johnson's songs have been recorded by giants in the music industry such as Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, and many others.
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