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Mississippi bluesman Bobby Rush to
perform April 9 at Delta Symposium XVI
March 16, 2010
Mississippi bluesman Bobby Rush returns to Arkansas State
University-Jonesboro to Centennial Hall in the Reng Student
Services Center/Student Union, 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro, on Friday,
April 9 at 7:30 p.m. His performance is part of the sixteenth annual
Delta Symposium XVI, running Wednesday-Saturday, April 7-10. Bobby Rush
in concert, like all symposium events, is free and open to the public.
Rush’s performance at ASU is co-sponsored by the ASU Lecture-Concert
Series and by ASU’s Office of the Provost.
Bobby Rush (born Emmit Ellis Jr.) is the son of a Baptist minister who
was also a blues musician. Rush was born in Louisiana and moved to Pine
Bluff at the age of eight. When Rush was 13, his family moved to
Chicago, where Rush performed with such blues greats as Freddie King,
Luther Johnson, Bobby King and Luther Allison. In 1983, he moved to
Jackson, Miss., where he currently lives.
Rush has recorded for several labels, including ABC Records, Jewel,
Warner Brothers, Philadelphia International, and LaJam. Among the
numerous awards and recognitions for his music are "Best Live Performer
of the Year," "Best Blues Entertainer
of the Year," and "Best Soul/Blues Albums of the Year." In 2000, the
Mississippi Senate passed a resolution honoring Rush’s music. Rush also
appeared in the documentary, “The Road to Memphis,” directed by Richard
Pearce, and the documentary is part of Martin Scorsese’s seven-part film
series, “The Blues.”
When he is not performing at festivals and concerts, Rush
and his wife work to raise money for research on sickle cell anemia.
Additionally, they have opened their home as an emergency shelter to
children leaving a local youth correctional facility. Rush is also
involved in local Blues in the Schools programs.
For more information, contact Dr. Gregory Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Department of English and Philosophy, Symposium Committee, at (870)
972-3043. Visit the symposium’s website at
of Bobby Rush at ASU, 2002,
is courtesy of Dr. Rick Burns.
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