Blues, Barbeque and Bluebonnets

I received a press release from long time friend, Russell Cushman, about a Blues Concert that will be taking place in Navasota, Texas this weekend. If you are going to be in the area you might want to check it out. It sounds like it is going to be a great time with a lot of creative people participating. Here is the information:

Blues Music will once again fill the streets of Navasota, Texas on April 10th as Navasota Blues Alley celebrates the birthday of Navasota’s long deceased “songster,” Mance Lipscomb. Concert promoters recall nearly forgotten days when the legendary Lipscomb and Blind Willie Johnson used to busk on Washington Avenue, and several blues bands have been invited to come remind the Brazos Valley of its music heritage.

The shows start at 2:00 Saturday and feature Texas Johnny Boy, Rich Delgrosso and Don Kesee, who are slated to set up on an old bridge behind the historic downtown, right over Cedar Creek. Touting “Blues, Barbeque and Bluebonnets,” Blues Alley also features an art gallery and blues museum that illustrate the rich blues history unique to Navasota and the surrounding area.

And the people of Navasota plan much more. Recently the Navasota City Council designated a city park near downtown as Mance Lipscomb Park, where the free blues concert will be held, and a bronze sculpture of the nationally known bluesman is hoped to be commissioned and placed there. An alley that leads to the park has been officially named Blues Alley.

Officially designated by the Texas State Legislature as the “Blues Capital of Texas,” Navasota has finally taken steps to honor its most famous son, who is credited as one of Texas’ most important blues musicians. Artists and craftsmen have been invited to demonstrate to give the event a cultural feel, and showcase the wealth of talent in the area. Local Black artists Leon Collins, Molly Bee and David Woods, all whose works have an undeniable kinship to blues, will be there to show their works and lend authenticity to the event.

Here is a little taste of Mance Lipscomb for your viewing pleasure.

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