Young people from around the state will gather June 5 in Indianola for the ninth annual B.B. King Blues Workshop. Hosted by the Mississippi Outreach Foundation, the workshop will consist of a tour of the B.B. King museum and a series of performances at Mississippi Valley State University for youth aged 10 to 18.
The foundation's goal is to help young people gain an appreciation of not only B.B. King's music, but an overall understanding of the art and composition of music. The workshops will encourage young people to play an instrumentparticularly guitarteach them how to become a vocalist, how to form a band and the importance of a music focus. Blues legends such as Bobby Rush, Bill "Howling Mad" Perry, Jesse Robinson, Ricky Burkhead and Levan Lorkipaniz will participate in the workshops throughout the day, and B.B. King will host the final workshop.
Although the event is primarily focused on educating youth, the foundation welcomes parents and adults. The workshops include a "Blues Symposium" from 9 a.m.-10 a.m., "5th Annual Musicians' Workshop" from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and finish with the "B.B. King" workshop from 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
A $50 fee covers the trip to the B.B. King Museum, workshops and refreshments. For more information contact Addie Green at 601-688-2652.