Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration
From the Greenwood Convention & Visitors Bureau:
CONTACT: Paige Hunt
The Official Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration scheduled for Greenwood, May 5-8, 2011, will include the following events:
Robert Johnson Exposed: History and art exhibit at Cottonlandia Museum: Opening Thursday, May 5th: Open to the public, the art show will detail Robert Johnson’s life. The exhibit will include never before seen original album art, family pictures, and artistic interpretations of the legend created in the years after his untimely death. The exhibit will remain open throughout the summer.
Alluvian Happy Hour: Thursday Night, May 5th:
Live blues music and specialty cocktails.
Delta Blues Legend Tours: Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th:
Guided tours through Baptist Town and historic blues locations. Advance reservations required.
The Official Robert Johnson Centennial Concert: Friday night, May 6th, Whittington Park: A free concert with Jay Lang and the Devils Due, Bobby Rush and more to welcome travelers to town and celebrate the guitar legacy of the blues.
Robert Johnson Life & Legacy Expert Panel: Saturday morning, May 7th
A line up of known blues experts moderated by Jim O’Neal, Research Director of the Mississippi Blues Trail, will engage all aspects of the blues world to discuss Johnson’s music and legacy. Panelists to include Scott Barretta, Steve LaVere, Sylvester Oliver, Vasti Jackson, Scott Ainslie, and Judge Mike Mills.
Alluvian Spa Specials: Thursday, May 5th - Sunday, May 8th: The Alluvian Spa will offer a 60 minute Soulful Massage for $100 and their Bluesberry Spa services, including facials, body scrub and wrap and a mani/pedi. Advance reservations required.
Delta Dinner Class at The Viking Cooking School: Saturday, May 7th: Viking Cooking School will offer a Delta Dinner class. The menu includes Delta hot tamales, catfish, mile high coconut meringue pie, fried dill pickles and sweet tea. Advance reservations required.
The Official Robert Johnson Centennial Concert: Saturday night, May 7th, Whittington Park: A free concert with blues and rock n' roll greats. Honeyboy Edwards, Kenny Brown Band, Alvin Youngblood Hart, RJG – Robert Johnson Grandson Band, Keb' Mo' and The Warren Haynes Band along with other world famous blues acts will take the stage to honor Johnson’s legacy.
Community Church Service at Little Zion M.B. Church: Sunday morning, May 8th: On Robert Johnson’s actual birthday, an open church service will be held to commemorate Robert Johnson and his legacy with Steven Johnson as guest preacher.