Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
$100 Gold Circle (Preferred Seating)
Benefit Concert for the Center for Southern Folklore
The first set begins at 7:00 p.m. Between sets there will a photo opportunity with Mr. Rush and a live auction. Check the Center’s website for the items to be auctioned. Tickets for this special benefit performance will be $50 for general admission and $100 for preferred Gold Circle seating. Gold Circle ticket holders will be able to attend a 6:00 p.m. pre-show meal with Mr. Rush in the Folklore Hall.
Bobby Rush has been writing and performing blues, R&B, and soul songs for almost six decades. He grew up in Mississippi listening to artists such as Louis Jordan, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. He released his first hit, Chicken Heads, in 1971 for Galaxy Records. Rush’s shows are legend and are considered among the most dynamic performances in the entire blues field. He has received many awards including "Best Live Performer of the Year", "Best Blues Entertainer of the Year", and "Best Soul/Blues Albums of the Year" (“Blues Highway” on Malaco Records). He was also prominently featured in the “The Road to Memphis” segment of “The Blues” produced by Martin Scorsese for PBS in 2003.
Despite the success and notoriety he’s achieved, Bobby Rush never forgets his roots and the importance of giving back to his community. His generosity in performing benefit concerts for causes he believes in is legendary. His association with the Center for Southern Folklore goes back several years including performances at the Center’s last three Memphis Music & Heritage Festivals. He does it because, in his own words, “I want to support an organization that unites Memphis’ culture, music, history and arts the way the Center for Southern Folklore does. The Festival is a show that everyone should attend to see how Memphis’s diverse communities come together to learn about each other and enjoy their city together.”