Pinetop Perkins was a Grammy Award-winning blues pianist who influenced scores of blues artists in his wake. He performed with Muddy Waters, among others, and his entrenched relationship with the blues catapulted him to the top. Though he died in 2011, his spirit and musical gift is indelibly tied to music. The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is pleased to host the fourth annual Master Class Workshops, where blues musicians can continue the legacy of the late Pinetop Perkins on the year of his centennial birthday.
Held each year on the grounds of the Hopson Commissary and the Shack Up Inn, the master class workshops are open to both adults and youth over 12. This year it will be held from June 14-16, beginning with a reception on the evening of the 11th. The workshop features features nightly jams and a final performance at the world famous Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale.
Bob Margolin returns to lead the guitar workshops and Gary Allegretto puts in his second year with the harmonica workshops.
The piano workshops this year will be led by Daryl Davis.
Scholarships are available for youth 12 to 21. Last year the Foundation gave out 21 scholarships to young musicians from 17 different states. The expectation is that scholarship applications will increase again this year, so the Foundation has launched several fund raising efforts.
There will be a 100th birthday celebration in Memphis on May 10th--the weekend of the Blues Music Awards--to raise funds for both the Pinetop Foundation youth workshops and for the Blues Foundation Generation Blues.
Donations for Pinetop Foundation Workshop scholarships can be directly from their website (www.pinetopfoundation.org) where you can also purchase merchandise to help support the Foundation's efforts. Additional information, workshop leader bios, along with Registration and Scholarship forms can also be found on the website.
The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit organization. Its mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career.