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Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House

Headliner: John Mooney and Friends

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Friday August 28: Son in Rochester

12:00pm Fielding Stage Open Mic: Stories About Rochester’s Adopted Son

Son House touched the lives of many in Rochester and throughout the world. Geva’s Director of Education and Artist in Residence Skip Greer emcees this opportunity to share these stories with each other.

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2:30pm Wilson Stage Celebrating Rochester’s Blues Roots

Son House’s time in Rochester left an indelible mark on the vibrant local music scene. We’ll hear from some of Rochester’s great blues musicians, including The Crawdiddies and Steve Grills and the Roadmasters.

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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 Corner of Grieg and Clarissa St. Dedicating the Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

If you are a blues fan, you might make the trek through all of the Blues Trail Markers in the state of Mississippi. If you’re avery dedicated blues fan, perhaps you’d visit the 12 – soon to be 13 – trail markers denoting significant places in blues history that are outside of Mississippi. And as of today, if you want to claim that you’ve completed the whole trail, you’ll have to visit Rochester’s Corn Hill District to commemorate his time in Rochester, from 1943-1976. Today’s event will dedicate this marker to his legacy and ensure that the legacy lives on for generations to come.

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5:30pm Bernunzio’s Uptown Music
122 East Ave.
Happy Hour with Genesee Johnny and Gordon Munding, with food provided by Stromboli Express

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6:00pm Fielding Stage Workshop: Blues Harp with Jerry Portnoy

Blues harpmaster Jerry Portnoy has shared the stage with Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and other music giants.Bring your harmonica and join your fellow blues players in a workshop with Jerry Portnoy. Open to all experience levels.

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8:00pm Wilson Stage Concert – John Mooney and Friends

Throughout the years John Mooney has developed one of the most distinctive and easily identifiable guitar and vocal signatures of anyone alive today.  Guitar Player Magazine says “John Mooney’s music is thicker than sweet potato pie and spicier than okra gumbo. His phrasing, timing and tone are the stuff dreams are made of, and he plays with a conviction born of endless nights in steamy Louisiana bars.” And Esquire Magazine dubbed Mooney “The King of white blues. John will be joined by fellow remarkable Rochester musicians Joe Beard, Brian Williams, Fred Vine and Rockin’ Red, all of whom played with, and were subsequently influenced by Eddie “Son”  House.

Post show Fielding Stage Jam Session: Join Genesee Johnny as he emcees this jam session, open to anyone at the festival who’s been inspired to play a song or two!

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Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House

Headliner:  Grammy Award winner John Hammond 

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Thursday, August 27: How Mississippi Influenced the Blues World

4:00pm Lobby The Bop Shop at GevaFrom 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!
4:30pm Fielding Stage Son’s Life in Mississippi, with Jenni Werner, Jim O’Neal and Daniel BeaumontWhat was Son’s life like in Mississippi? We’ll look at the context of his life in the early twentieth century South, and how that influenced his music. Geva’s Literary Director Jenni Werner moderates this conversation with Jim O’Neal and Daniel Beaumont.

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5:30pm The Beale New Orleans Grille and Bar
689 South Ave.
Happy Hour with Fred VineNo reservations required
6:00pm Fielding Stage A Drink and a Chat with Keith Glover and Scott ReganPurchase a drink from the bar, and then meet Revivalplaywright Keith Glover as he chats with the host of WRUR’s Open Tunings, Scott Regan.

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6:00pm Eastman School of Music
Rayburn Wright Room
26 Gibbs St.
Workshop: Son House Guitar Style and Repertoire with Genesee Johnny and Friends (Bottleneck slide recommended)After watching John Mooney’s demonstration, do you want to try it out yourself? Here’s your chance! Rochester’s own Genesee Johnny leads participants through Son’s lyrics and performance style. Bring your guitar to participate! Limited capacity.

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

8:00pm Wilson Stage Concert: Grammy Award winner John HammondOne of the most venerable acoustic blues performers in the world, with acoustic guitar and a harmonica, John Hammond is a walking hurricane, infamous for ripping the roof off buildings during his explosive shows. John Hammond is one of the very few acoustic blues performers who carries the truehearted energy and the sense of danger of the original bluesmen of the golden era. He’s a guy who played with them all, from Mississippi John Hurt to Jimi Hendrix to John Lee Hooker to Tom Waits.” He was honored with two awards at the most recent Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Memphis for Best Acoustic Blues Album (“Timeless”) and Best Acoustic Blues Artist of 2014.

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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

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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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