North Little Rock Events

Blues Trifecta
September 21, 2017
7:00 pm

UA-PTC presents Blues Trifecta, an evening of American roots and blues music, film and history, Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) on the UA – Pulaski Tech Main campus at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock.

This triple-shot of the blues includes a presentation of the award-winning documentary film Two Trains Runnin’, a performance by Mississippi blues artist Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, and a presentation by legendary blues promoter and photographer Dick Waterman.  Tickets are priced at $25 for reserved seats and $50 VIP tickets include premium reserved seating plus access to the “Blues and BBQ” VIP Room sponsored by Whole Hog Café featuring award-winning BBQ and drinks.

Dick Waterman Son House 1969Dick Waterman, featured in Two Trains Runnin’, will begin the evening by taking the audience on an up-close-and-personal journey through the blues as he experienced it first-hand. He will share a selection of his rare photos and stories of these blues legends as he photographed them along the way. Waterman is best known as the legendary blues promoter and photographer who is credited with rediscovering Son House and Skip James in Mississippi. He managed Son House, Skip James, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Junior Wells, Arthur Crudup, and he started the career of Bonnie Raitt as he persuaded her to perform, opening up for these blues legends. In 2000, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as one of the first non-performers to be honored.

Performing second, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, 70, of Bentonia, Miss., is one of the most celebrated rural blues musicians performing today and is also one of the last of the Bentonia blues stylists made famous by Skip James and Jack Owens. He is the proprietor of the Blues Front Café, the oldest operating juke joint in Mississippi. His professional career dates from the early 1970s and he has appeared at major blues and roots music festivals across the USA and internationally. He is currently managed by Waterman and was recently featured on the cover of Living Blues Magazine in July 2017.

To complete the Blues Trifecta evening, Two Trains Runnin’, an 80-minute award-winning documentary by Avalon Films and Freedom Road Productions, follows the true story of the search for two forgotten blues singers in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement. The film is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Pollard and narrated by Common. Musicians in the film include Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Jimbo Mathus, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Valerie June, Chris Thomas King, North Mississippi Allstars, and Lucinda Williams.

UA-Pulaski Tech - The Center for Humanities and Arts
3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock
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