Museum News

ANOTHER ELVIS WEEK

Thirty-three years have gone by since we all heard the news.  I was 21 that year and my brother was visiting.  I remember coming home from work, walking through the door and Mike said, “Hey Cin, did ya hear Elvis died?”  I waited for the punch line but none came.  …

Pinetop Perkins Visits Museum

The Sunflower Blues and Gospel Festival has come and gone in what seem like a blur of music, music, music.  It was hot and the rain cooled things down a bit and the music lovers just kept on coming.  Our festival weekend started with quite a bang on Thursday, August 5, catching Pinetop Perkins at GZBC along with Eden Brent and Ann Rabson.  …

IKE TURNER and ROCKET 88

This year's Sunflower Blues and Gospel Festival, August 6-8, pays tribute to Clarksdale's native son Ike Turner and the song "Rocket 88".  Quite rightfully because Ike Turner and "Rocket 88" made history for Clarksdale! 

Taught by Pinetop Perkins, Ike's started out playing the piano and formed The Kings of Rhythm.  …

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