Contact: Delta Music Institute
The Delta Music Institute (DMI) Mobile Music Lab will travel to Como on Oct. 9 to support the Emily J. Pointer Public Library and Senatobia Public Library for the Tate and Panola County “All Our Friends Hill Country Blues Celebration.” The weeklong affair is set for October 5-12.
The celebration programming will include a repatriation of the compelling Tate County music, photographs, video, interviews and research from the Alan Lomax Archive. A photography exhibit, book signing and talk by noted folklorist George Mitchell will also take place.
Other highlights include a dedication of the Napoleon Strickland Mississippi Blues Trail marker, instrument making, music lessons and performances by numerous hill country musicians.
On Oct. 9 at 4:00 p.m., Delta State’s Mobile Music Lab will be pulling into Como with the mission of nurturing and encouraging creativity, complementing curriculum, and empowering students with a knowledge and appreciation of the rich musical heritage of Mississippi.
“One of the goals of the celebration is to be as tactile as possible, especially for our community’s young people,” said Alice Pierotti, Como librarian. “I want them seeing the traditional way to make a cane fife. I want a diddley bow in their hands. I want them playing music on a kazoo. I want them laying down tracks in the DMI Mobile Music Lab. And of course, I want them well acquainted with our local music heroes.”
For a complete lineup of events during the week, contact the Emily J. Pointer Library at 662-526-5283.