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Posted on: February 13, 2017

On Stage series presents 'Music Maker Blues Revue'


HENDERSON, Ky. -- A free, open to the public concert titled "Music Makers Blues Revue" is coming to Preston Arts Center on the campus of Henderson Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The 7 p.m. concert is presented by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a North Carolina-based nonprofit organization founded to preserve the music traditions of the South.

"Music Maker contacted us because of Henderson's love for blues music as evident by the Handy Blues Festival," said Rachael Baar, director of the Preston Arts Center. "We, of course, jumped at the chance to be a part of this limited tour. What a wonderful way to pay homage to some of the best blues players in the South."

Music Maker Relief Foundation started by helping a small group of elderly blues musicians still performing the musical traditions of the 19th and early 20th century America. They lived in abject poverty but when offered help, they didn’t ask for money, they wanted a gig.

This performance shines a light on a collective of these Southern folk musicians depicted in the accompanying photography exhibit displayed in the galleries. They’ve busked on the sidewalks of High Point, N.C., received standing ovations at Carnegie Hall, traveled from Argentina to Australia, Europe to Guatemala, and across the U.S. The Revue pleases all types of fans, from the “boogiers to the bookworms.”

The performance is being held in conjunction with an art exhibition," Our Living Past," a collection of tintype photographs from Tim Duffy, founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation.

The exhibit can be viewed in the galleries until Feb. 23.

For more information contact Baar at (270) 831-9803.

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