Journey to the Son, our four-day celebration of blues great Son House, kicks off tomorrow! Gearing up for this event has meant hard work and long hours for a lot of our staff, and one of the biggest motivation boosts has been all the excitement coming from the Rochester community and beyond. It seems like Son House’s name is everywhere lately. Below is a (not at all comprehensive) list of articles and shows dedicated to Son and the festival.
The Democrat & Chronicle has run lots of stories on Son and the festival, including:
-“Searching for Son House this Week in Rochester” by Jeff Spevak, with biographical background about Son and quotes from festival presenters and performers
-“The Ongoing Son House ‘Revival’ Continues this Week” by Jeff Spevak, with details about Keith Glover and his play Revival: The Resurrection of Son House, which will be presented in a staged reading on Wednesday at 8pm
-“Three Men and a Legend” from Rich Gardner’s blog City Living, with stories about Son’s time in Corn Hill
WXXI has broadcasted interviews with festival participants and planners. Connections host Evan Dawson interviewed author and professor Daniel Beaumont, Geva Literary Director Jenni Werner and Geva Communications Manager Dawn Kellogg for a show titled “The Life of Son House.” And here’s musician Joe Beard on the Arts InFocus program:
Farther afield, The Clarion-Ledger, in Son’s home state of Mississippi, published an article by Scott Baretta headlined “Celebration to Honor Delta Bluesman.” And on Monday, the New York Times published Eric Grode’s feature “Son House Inspires a Rochester Blues Festival.”