From 5 PM to 7 PM, Funky Friday host David Dye will spin danceable funky tunes that will be followed by an hour of toe-tapping blues music spun by “Blues Master” Jonny Meister, host of The Blues Show. The world-renowned, multiple GRAMMY®-nominated harmonica player James Cotton, who hails from Tunica, Mississippi, will close the event with a live performance from 8:30 PM to 10 PM.
"Having James Cotton, one of the genre's greatest harmonica players from the 1950s to the present, for the final performance of our Mississippi Blues Project ensures that it ends on a perfect blue note," said Meister, whose blogs throughout the project have helped shine a larger spotlight on Mississippi Blues.
WXPN’S Mississippi Blues Project is a concert series and online interactive initiative supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage that was created to showcase the Mississippi blues as a vibrant folk art form. Through a series of concert performances starting in August 2012, the Mississippi Blues Project (MBP) has brought greater exposure for the blues to audiences in the Greater Philadelphia area, and has also been available online to listeners around the nation. In addition to WXPN’s year of special on-air, online and special event programs, NPR Music also dedicated a stream to music by artists featured in WXPN’s Mississippi Blues Project last fall.
Artists who’ve performed throughout the Philadelphia area as part of the Mississippi Blues Project include Cedric Burnside Project, Big George Brock, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Anthony “Big A” Sherrod and Robert “Bilbo” Walker, Robert Belfour, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Super Chikan, and Rory Block. Block’s performance followed one of two WXPN-presented screenings of the blues documentary We Juke Up In Here.
Advance registration is required for the free Funky Blues Finale and Dance Party on September 6 at the TLA (Theater of Living Arts), located at 334 South Street in Philadelphia. To register, and for additional details, click here.
NOTE: Additional hi-res color photos of James Cotton are available upon request.
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Cornerhosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the XPN2 Singer-Songwriter Radio stream as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.
About The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, was established in 1989 to foster artistic excellence and innovation in the region’s nonprofit music community. The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage achieves this goal by supporting projects that contribute to the advancement of participating organizations and the cultural enrichment of the community.