GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi to welcome Peter Frampton

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi will welcome Peter Frampton to the stage Nov. 3 for a conversation and intimate performance benefiting the museum’s education initiative.

Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was a lead singer and guitarist for the British band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes collaborations with legendary artists such as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle and many others. His fifth solo album, the electrifying “Frampton Comes Alive!” remains one of the top-selling live records of all time.

Frampton is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee and 2007 GRAMMY winner for Best Pop Instrumental Album. He will be accompanied by GRAMMY-winning songwriter, Gordon Kennedy, who wrote Eric Clapton’s hit “Change The World.”

The evening will include a cocktail reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. and performance starting at 8:00 p.m. in the Sanders Soundstage. Tickets include a complimentary bar and hors d’oeuvres by chef Cole Ellis.

This event sold out the week of Oct. 23.

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi announces fall education programs

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Education is an important part of the Museum’s mission, and a variety of education programs are offered throughout the year.

These education programs and interactive workshops at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi cultivate critical thinking while engaging students. Interdisciplinary workshops evoke further exploration and extend learning outcomes for students before and after they explore our exhibits.

The interactive workshops include: drumming, DJ’ing, music production, songwriting, guitar and more. Education programs with special guests offer students the opportunity to explore a variety of music careers, hear artists’ stories first-hand, and meet industry professionals.

The upcoming education programs are as follows:

  • 18: A Conversation with Benjamin Wright
  • 19: A Conversation & Performance with Mondo Cozmo
  • 26: Finding Cleveland
  • 8: A Conversation & Performance with Maggie Rose
  • 15: A Conversation & Performance with Cedric Burnside on National Drumming Day
  • 28: Music Production with Delta Music Institute’s Mobile Music Lab
  • 12: Drumming with Josh Armstrong
  • 19: Holiday Playlist Workshop

All education workshops are offered at 11 a.m. Space is limited for these workshops and programs must be booked in advance.

To learn more about our upcoming education programs and workshops please visit

The Museum also offers free curricula that incorporate exhibit themes into core subject areas such as the latest lessons that were created exclusively for the Museum’s current temporary exhibit, John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie. Teachers are encouraged to use these materials in the classroom to enhance their Museum tour experience. Download them for free by visiting

For questions about the upcoming workshops and programs or curricula, please email or call 662-441-0100.

“Take Me To The River: Live” educates Arkansas State and Delta State students

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Arkansas State University public administration student team at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi with the International Delta Blues Project banner featuring Delta State’s Blues Okra.


The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State recently hosted a group of public administration students from Arkansas State University of Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Their visit coincided with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi’s “Take Me To The River: Live” program, partially sponsored by The Delta Center’s International Delta Blues Project, in order to learn how cultural heritage is an effective tool for educating and engaging diverse communities.

Led by Peggy Wright, director of the Delta Studies Center at ASU, the group included master’s-level graduate students from the Arkansas Delta, Seattle and Saudi Arabia. The students are learning about the importance of communications in community engagement and economic development.

“We appreciate being so warmly received by everyone at Delta State and the GRAMMY Museum during this valuable learning experience,” said Wright. “Dr. Herts [director of The Delta Center] and I were in the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy together, where I learned more about The Delta Center and Delta State. Site visit exchanges among leadership network colleagues represent a strategic opportunity for our students to gain professional insights, exposure to networking, and knowledge of the Delta’s culture. We look forward to visiting again.”

“The trip to Delta State University and the Mississippi Delta truly opened my eyes,” said ASU student Ali Alghofaili. “While visiting the GRAMMY Museum and hearing the musicians interact with local youth, I saw that they all focused on education, communication, and passing on the Delta’s musical history. The beautiful landscape reminded me of the Al-Qassim region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Al-Qassim region is well known for its agriculture just like the Delta region. This trip helped me to see the importance of understanding culture when serving the public, which is what I will be doing when I graduate in December.”

Delta State University media students pose after a conversation with GRAMMY Award winning Blues legend Bobby Rush.

“Take Me To The River: Live” also served as an experiential learning opportunity for a group of students enrolled in the Digital Media Arts program, a degree in the Depertment of Art at Delta State. The students documented the concert through photography and videography. They also had a group conversation with GRAMMY Award-winning blues legend Bobby Rush.

“Meeting Bobby Rush was amazing,” said Ashliegh Jones, a senior art major from Vicksburg. “My mother and grandmother have listened to his music for years, but have never been to a concert. They were thrilled that I was able to do so, and also to have a one-on-one conversation with him where he encouraged me to keep working hard, and if I do, perhaps one day I might be hired to be his photographer. That was a really cool thing to hear.”

The Delta Center joined forces with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi to host “Take Me To The River: Live.” The program was an official bicentennial project made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council through support from the Mississippi Development Authority.

The event was also supported by The Delta Center’s International Delta Blues Project. The program served as a pre-event for the upcoming International Conference on the Blues at Delta State University and as an educational Blues Leadership Incubator event for students and the broader community.

“We are pleased that Ms. Wright and her students chose The Delta Center and ‘Take Me To The River: Live’ as a case study. We also were impressed that Delta State students were involved in documenting the concert as part of Will Jacks’ class,” said Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center. “Cultural heritage offers powerful ways to bring people together to communicate and understand our shared stories. It also has become a vehicle to educate and prepare students for career opportunities.”

The students joined hundreds of residents and visitors who visited GRAMMY Museum Mississippi that day for the Take Me To The River program.

Delta State students documenting GRAMMY Award winner William Bell’s performance during the Take Me To The River: Live concert.

The program included a morning panel discussion featuring music legends discussing the importance of music and art in the world today; an afternoon conversation with GRAMMY-winning Blues artist Charlie Musselwhite reflecting on the life of Mississippi blues legend John Lee Hooker; and a night-time live performance experience based on the award-winning film and record, “Take Me To The River.” Senator Willie Simmons also hosted a post-concert meet-and-greet the artists reception at his famed soul food restaurant, The Senator’s Place.

Hundreds attended the concert on the museum’s front lawn featuring GRAMMY Award winners William Bell, Bobby Rush and Charlie Musselwhite, backed by GRAMMY Award winner Boo Mitchell, the Hi-Rhythm Section and the Stax Academy Alumni Band. The concert included special appearances from two Memphis-based rappers, Academy Award winner Frayser Boy and Critics Choice Award winner Al Kapone. Remarks from GRAMMY-nominated filmmaker Martin Shore and GRAMMY Trustees Award-winner Al Bell provided important historical and social context about the film and Stax Records.

The film “Take Me To The River” connected multiple generations of iconic Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians to record a historic new album and re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday, including Stax and Hi Records. In October 2016, The Delta Center and GRAMMY Museum Mississippi hosted a sold out public screening of the film which included a live performance on the Sanders Soundstage.


GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi presents Take me To the River

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi will present a live performance on the front lawn, educational programs and more on Sept. 26, based on the award-winning film and album, “Take Me To The River.” The events will celebrate Mississippi’s music history and how the region laid the foundation for American music.

This historic show will feature a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see GRAMMY® -winning legends William Bell, Bobby Rush and Charlie Musselwhite share the stage to perform classics and new “Take Me To The River” collaborations along with an all-star Memphis band. Other special guests include Hi-Rhythm Section, GRAMMY-winner Boo Mitchell, award-winning director Martin Shore, Academy Award winner Frayser Boy, and Critics Choice Award winner Al Kapone.

In addition to the live performance, there will be an educational program for students in the morning and a conversation with Charlie Musselwhite in the afternoon.

Admission is free for the live performance on the front lawn, but attendees are required to register online prior to the event. To learn more and register, click here.

The conversation with Musselwhite is free with the purchase of museum admission. To get more details, click here.

To learn about the “Take Me To The River” education program for students, click here.

Collectively, these programs at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi are an official bicentennial project made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority. Support for these programs also comes from the International Delta Blues Project, which is housed in The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University.

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi presents “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory”

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi presents a screening of “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory,” a film directed by Scott Rosenbaum and narrated by Marc Maron, that provides an intimate look into the lives of three of the last Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen — piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin.

The screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the Sanders Soundstage at the museum. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

Immediately following the screening, there will be a conversation with special guests Rosenbaum, film producer Tony Grazia and Andrew Sullivan. Also known as “Six String Andrew,” Sullivan was the youngest child to ever attend the Pinetop Perkins Masterclass Workshop at just eight years old.

These legendary bluesmen, who performed and recorded into their 80s and 90s, played a significant role in shaping modern popular music. The film features some of the last interviews conducted with all three men, as well as their final live performance together.

“It was truly an honor to get to know these legendary musicians,” said Grazia. “It is amazing how many artists and music genres they influenced. It is time everyone knows who they are and learns of their incredible talent. Their story needs to be shared with the world and I’m honored to have played a part in doing that.”

“Sidemen” takes viewers on the road with Pinetop, Willie and Hubert, three of the last direct links to the origins of the blues, as they share the incredible stories about each of their personal histories.

“I couldn’t be any more thrilled to have the honor of showing this film at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi,” said Rosenbaum. “The story of Pinetop and Willie’s historic 2011 GRAMMY® win — which made Pinetop the oldest ever recipient — is such an integral part of the narrative for ‘Sidemen: Long Road To Glory.’ I’m certain they will be smiling down on us.”

Screening the film in the Mississippi Delta holds special significance. Two of the legendary bluesmen featured were born in the Delta: Perkins of Belzoni, Mississippi and Sumlin of Greenville, Mississippi. Smith was born just across the Mississippi River in nearby Helena, Arkansas. Additionally, the Pinetop Perkins Masterclass Workshop is held in Clarksdale, Mississippi every year.

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