Journey to the Son, our four-day celebration of blues great Son House, kicks off in just four days! At this point, it probably goes without saying that Mr. House is a big inspiration for us, and we’re definitely not alone in that. During the festival, our lobby will be full of work by visual artists who’ve also found inspiration in Son House and his music.
Dick Waterman, who helped re-discover Son House in Rochester and then became Son’s manager, is also a noted photographer. 13 of his photos of Son will be on display throughout the celebration, courtesy of the Delta Blues Museum. More of his music photography can be seen on his website.
Also on display will be a series of watercolors by Robert Trussell, created in conjunction with a planned feature-length documentary by Ron Mix and Luis Villalon. While the documentary was not completed, Carvin Eison has created a short film from the footage that will be screened during the festival, on Wednesday afternoon at “Son House on Screen.”
Rochester has another iconic Son House portrait that, for obvious reasons, we couldn’t bring to the theatre. But it’s on display and open to the public year round, just under a mile from our front doors, at the corner of South Avenue and Gregory Street – and it’s opposite The Beale New Orleans Grille & Bar, where Fred Vine will be playing for Happy Hour on Thursday evening at 5:30.