Registration opens February 1
Join Mary Thomas, Wednesday, March 6 at 1 p.m. as she talks about her experiences seeing legendary Blues musicians Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf perform live in clubs in Milwaukee as well as other noteworthy musicians perform on Beale Street in Memphis, Mississippi’s Club Ebony, and Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS.
What are you passionate about? Is it something you were able to weave into your career, your daily life? Mary Thomas, a Senior Lecturer for the Social Work Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has researched and studied Blues music and travelled extensively in the Mississippi Delta to Blues venues and Civil Rights sites.
Blues music has been referred to as “American roots” music, the “devil’s music,” and “revolutionary” and has become an integral part of American culture. It laid the foundation for music that came after, including rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and hip hop.
The Blues started as rural music, mostly acoustic music, and became embedded in urban, electrified sounds. Its origins are in African music, with connections to gospel and country music. Social conditions in the United States spawned the blues as a method of resistance to oppression by telling the truth about the experiences of formerly enslaved people and their descendants.
Regional differences in styles of Blues give it unique derivations that remain true to the overall approach of expressing the realities of life, love, and loss. Arguably, the masters of the Delta Blues revolutionized American music and asserted the power and lasting nature of the Blues.
EVENT DATE/TIME: Wednesday, March 6, 1-3 p.m.
LOCATION: LLL Center