Oct. 10: From Delta Blues to Chicago Blues - The Great Migration of American Music

Where: Chism Recital Hall

When: Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 PM



Mac Arnold by Keith Durham Photography

Blues legend Mac Arnold offers a masterclass on Southern blues music. Arnold grew up playing bass during the heart of a major transition in American music during the 1950-1970s. As one of the last surviving members of the Muddy Waters era, Arnold went on to play with John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, and many major music icons throughout his career. He later emerged from retirement to form his own band, “MacArnold & Plate Full O’ Blues,”and currently works with educators to bring the blues into classrooms. 

In his masterclass, Arnold will address the topic of a significant cultural shift in music which occurred during the Great Migration: an important period in American history in which nearly six million black citizens fled the South in search of better opportunities.

This event is part of a series of events addressing major themes from this year's Summer Read Program book selection, “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson.

Moderated by Doug Scarborough, Assistant Professor of Music. Sponsored by the Office of the President

Mac Arnold Poster