Acclaimed Mississippi blues musicians to perform on February 15
Created on Thursday, 31 January 2013 10:55
As part of its year-long Mississippi Blues Project
initiative to showcase the Mississippi blues as a vibrant folk art form, WXPN 88.5 FM will present a special two-hour “Free at Noon” concert and live broadcast on Friday, February 15 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. The two featured Mississippi blues artists will be Anthony “Big A” Sherrod
with Bilbo Walke
r, and Robert “Wolfman” Belfour
This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at http://wx.pn/1f
. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the event will start at 12 p.m.
Hailing from Mississippi, Anthony “Big A” Sherrod
is a talented young guitarist who’s also mastered the bass, drums and keyboards. He has played numerous local venues in Mississippi and has appeared in films, including Last of the Mississippi Jukes. Sherrod not only performed in the 2012 blues documentary film We Juke Up In Here, but also penned its title track.
Robert "Bilbo" Walker Jr.
is known in the blues music world for his rock 'n' roll showmanship and flamboyant Chuck Berry imitations. Born in 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Walker counts Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, and Ike Turner among his early stylistic influences. He's spent years playing clubs in Chicago, juke joints and roadhouses up and down the "Blues Highway."
Influenced by Mississippi legends Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside, Robert “Wolfman” Belfour’s
music combines elements of both Delta and hill country blues.
The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. It features music by Mississippi blues artists, interviews with artists about Mississippi blues music, the Mississippi Blues Project Music Mix
on NPR Music featuring music and artist interviews, a companion website and more. XPN’s “Free at Noon” is a co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/music, and is made possible by support from XPN members and Comcast.
World Cafe Live is located at 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Additional information can be found at xpn.org and at mississippibluesproject.org