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On Stage presents Music Maker Blues Revue

On Stage presents Music Maker Blues Revue

Bill Stephens

February 9th, 2017


(Henderson) KY – On Stage presents Music Maker Blues Revue on Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm at the Preston Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

With the popular resurgence of Americana, blues and traditional music, the Music Maker Blues Revue artists serve as musical masters. The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a North Carolina based non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it. It 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, NC, 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.”

“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.”

This performance is being held in conjunction with the exhibition, Our Living Past, a collection of tintype photographs from Tim Duffy, founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation, in the galleries until February 23.

For more information contact Rachael Baar, 270.831.9803.

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