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Jun 18

The first event in the revival of 508 Park Ave. takes place this Tuesday, June 19, which marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Johnson’s historic recording session. Events include a Robert Johnson look-alike/sound-alike contest, a theatrical recreation of that era called On That Day, and performances by several artists including The Light Crust Doughboys, who also recorded in the studio 75 years ago. Predictably, none of the original members remain, but the Doughboys are, by lineage and style, the same group.

June 19, often concatenated as “Juneteenth,” is celebrated as the day when slaves were freed in Texas by official declaration in Galveston in 1865. For 147 years, it has marked a day of hope and the dawn of new paradigms. Robert Johnson’s recording session, by coincidence, fell on the same day 72 years later. For 508 Park Ave, you could hardly compose a better narrative as a building so essential to Dallas’s own story starts its next act.

Read more at D Magazine and The Dallas Morning News.

May 21

On June 19th, the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas is planning to celebrate the 75th @ 508 Festival, which will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Robert Johnson’s recording sessions at 508 Park Avenue, a downtown building where Johnson recorded almost half of his discography in 1937. The church purchased the building last year and plans to renovate it.

Read more at The Dallas Morning News.

May 08

Happy Birthday to Robert Johnson! Today marks the 101st anniversary of the legendary Blues guitarist's birth. Check out this video at Music Matters and share it with friends!

Have you ordered "The Complete Original Masters: Centennial Edition" yet? Supplies are limited, so get yours today before it sells out!

Apr 05

Take a video tour of Greenwood, Mississippi to see the places that Robert Johnson frequented and where he is said to be laid to rest.

Mar 08

It may have technically been a year late, but the centennial birthday tribute to Robert Johnson at the Apollo Theater was a fitting celebration of one of the most influential musicians who ever lived. Johnson recorded a mere 29 songs in two sessions more than seven decades ago, and a star-studded line-up performed a good portion of them. If the blues legend did indeed sell his soul to the devil, his spirit is clearly still reaping the rewards.

An eclectic assemblage of musicians gathered for this evening designed to raise funds for the building of a blues hall of fame in Memphis. Besides a gallery of blues artists, there were representatives from the worlds of rock (Living Colour, Todd Rundgren), soul (Macy Gray), hip-hop (Chuck D), and Latin music (Pedrito Martinez Group), among many others.

Hosted by actor Joe Morton, the evening appropriately opened with an invocation by the Reverend Steven Johnson, Johnson’s grandson. The truly awesome house band featured no less than Keb Mo, Colin Linden and James Blood Ulmer on guitar; Sugar Blue on harmonica; Willie Weeks on bass; and Steve Jordan on drums.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter and view a photo slideshow at The New York Times.

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