Voices of Mississippi Concert Dates for 2023 Announced

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voices of mississippi box set, which features an open book, cds, and photographs arranged against a red cloth for display

2023 concert dates for Voices of Mississippi, a multimedia event that celebrates the music, art, and storytelling traditions of the people of Mississippi, have been announced. Based on the 2019 double-GRAMMY Award–winning box set Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris, the program features live musical performances integrated with film, audio recordings, and rare photographs captured by folklorist William ‘Bill’ Ferris.

The show features musicians Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and Sharde Thomas of the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, all of whom are descendants of artists documented by Ferris. Other performers include Ruthie Foster, Bobby Rush, and additional guests to be announced in the coming months.

February 1, 2023
California Polytechnic State University
Harold Miossi Hall Performing Arts Center
San Luis Obispo, California 93407
Phone: 805-756-1111

February 2, 2023
Takoma Art Live
Pantages Theatre
901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 591-5894

February 4, 2023
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

February 10, 2023
Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63108

February 11, 2023
Midwest Trust Center, Yardley Hall
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Boulevard
Overland Park, Kansas 66210
913) 469-4445

A historian with a proudly egalitarian lens, Ferris studied Mississippi as a slice of humanity in which everyone and everything was interconnected—and in which the beating heart of broader cultural traditions could be found in some of the most overlooked figures and places. From the 1960s through the 1990s, Ferris captured an invaluable archive of cultural and musical treasures, and much of that art and humanity is shared in this unique concert experience.
With a broad array of photos, film clips, stories and live music, Voices of Mississippi paints a powerful picture of a unique time and place that remains an essential piece of the American cultural fabric.

Order the Voices of Mississippi box set featuring 120-page-hardcover book with 3 CDs and 1 DVD on the Dust to Digital website. Also includes a download/streaming code. 

Learn more on the Northstar Artists website and watch William Ferris’ Ted Talk, Memory and Place in the American South.

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