The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Walking Blues: An American cultural history told through song and stories

WHAT: Walking Blues: An American cultural history told through song and stories
WHEN: October 17 3:00-4:00 PM 
WHERE: Register to receive the Zoom link

Musician Barrett Anderson presents a 90 minute program consisting of a historical narrative of southern African-American culture in the 1920s and 30s, and the great migration up the Mississippi River, from the Mississippi delta to Chicago and Detroit, and the music and culture that evolved as it was carried northward, from the fields of the south to the urban centers of the north. This story/journey will be narrated through the specific musicians directly involved in each scene - Charlie Patton, Son House, Skip James, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and more, and will consist of performances of each musician's songs and style, and stories of the individual artists fitting into the overarching narrative of this great migration northward, also touching on the implications/impact of one of the constant themes throughout all blues music - travel.

Please register to receive the Zoom link the day of the event!

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