Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House

Wednesday, August 26: Introducing…Son House


1:00pm Wilson Stage Kickoff and Opening Event

Join us for the official opening of the four day celebration!

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1:30pm Fielding Stage The Billy Thompson Band

Meet Revival’s Musical Supervisor, Billy Thompson.  Billy delivers guitar work that has electrified audiences in the U.S. and throughout Europe.  In his original music, he combines tasty Delta slide with searing electric guitar and soulful vocals.  Billy has played with legends such as Little Milton, Albert King, Earl King, and Art Neville, while opening for the likes of Robert Cray, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, The Neville Brothers and Joe Cocker, to name a few.

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2:30pm Fielding Stage Son House on Screen, with Carvin Eison

In 1974, Rochester filmmaker Ron Mix captured nearly 11,000 feet of footage of Son House in Rochester and at his final concert, in Toronto. After over 30 years locked in storage and with the help of the George Eastman House, that footage has been transferred to a digital format. Filmmaker Carvin Eison shares with us a short film based on the vintage footage.

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4:00pm Fielding Stage Audio Blues– Following Son House, with Lindsay Jones

Sound designer Lindsay Jones takes us on a journey through Son House’s music, by layering it with covers by artists of diverse generations and musical styles.

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4:00pm Lobby The Bop Shop at Geva

From 4-10 each day of the festival, visit The Bop Shop’s mobile store in the lobby to purchase CD’s, books, posters and more!

5:00pm Dinosaur BBQ
99 Court St.
Happy Hour with The David Miller Band

No reservations required

6:00pm Eastman School of Music
Rayburn Wright Room
26 Gibbs St.
Workshop: Fundamentals of Blues Guitar Playing

Billy Petito, teacher at the Eastman Community Music School, and Bob Sneider, Eastman School of Music Professor, lead participants in a beginner’s guide to the blues. Bring your guitar with you to participate! Limited capacity.

To reserve a spot, call the Geva box office at 585-232-GEVA (585-232-4382).

8:00pm Wilson Stage Revival: The Resurrection of Son House, by Keith Glover

This play with music, a Geva Theatre Center commission, follows Son House from his beginnings in rural Mississippi through religious conversions and crises, to his life in Rochester, all the way to the launch of the second phase of his musical career in 1974. The concert-style reading, with actors at music stands, will be followed by a talkback with the playwright and others on the creative team.

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