In celebration of its Best of the South issue, The Oxford American cordially invites you to a two-day shindig of Southern music and spirits in the heart of the Mississippi Delta on July 9-10, 2010.
The Most Southern Weekend on Earth will include true Southern music, the best Southern cuisine, special talks with OA contributors, the First OA Independent (Southern) Beer Tasting and Contest, and an onstage interview with famed music writer Peter Guralnick, author of Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom, and Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, and largely considered one of the giants of American music history.
Mose Allison "Mark Twain straight through to Willie Dixon." —Joe Henry
Jimbo Mathus Clarksdale’s prodigal son.
Kevin Gordon "Bloody William Shakespeare." —Keith Richards
True Soul Revue The Southern dance sensation that never was.
Robert Belfour "The most underappreciated blues musician still alive." —Tiny Mix Tapes
The weekend events are highlighted by two blockbuster nights of music at Ground Zero Blues Club (Blues Alley) that are an amazing value. Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksdale, Ground Zero Blues Club is owned by local attorney and businessman Bill Luckett and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, and is dedicated to showcasing the best of today's Delta Blues musicians.
And there will be additional activities during the day on Saturday, including:
11 a.m.: The Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail talk and tasting moderated by Amy Evans Streeter, oral historian of Southern Foodways Alliance (southernfoodways.com).
1 p.m.: A FREE onstage interview conducted by OA editor Marc Smirnoff with famed music writer Peter Guralnick, author of Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom, and Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, and largely considered one of the giants of American music history.
4:30 p.m.: The First OA Independent (Southern) Beer Tasting and Contest, moderated by Daniel Bradford, Publisher of All About Beer Magazine (allaboutbeer.com).
Friday night (July 9): $20
Saturday night (July 10): $30
True Soul Revue
BOTH NIGHTS: $40
Advance ticket sales are now closed, but tickets will be available for purchase at the door on both nights!
Presented by The Oxford American, Clarksdale/Coahoma County, and the Mississippi Division of Tourism.