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Delta State University’s Delta Center for Culture and Learning recently collaborated with the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce and Cat Head Blues and Folk Art, Inc., to host an evening of live Blues music at historic Po' Monkey's Lounge, in Merigold. Terry "Harmonica" Bean and his band, together with several visiting musicians, provided the music.
The event was part of the new "Bridging the Blues" series, over a week of live entertainment in the Delta. The series began with the Highway 61 Blues Festival in Leland, and ends with the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, one week later. In between the festivals there has been live Blues music at numerous venues in the central Delta. People from China, Japan, England, Belgium, France, Australia, Germany, and the Netherlands, as well as Americans from across the country attended the Po' Monkey's event, which was filmed by a documentary crew, and observed by two French travel writers who will publicize next year's events in Europe.