Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration May 5th-8th
The city of Greenwood, where Robert Johnson died in 1938, is holding a four-day celebration in early May to honor the centennial of Robert Johnson that will feature an art exhibit, a panel on Johnson’s life, a church service led by Johnson’s grandson Steven Johnson, and free concerts featuring artists including 95-year-old Honeyboy Edwards, who says that he was with Johnson the night he was reputedly poisoned fatally, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb’ Mo’, Bobby Rush, Kenny Brown, Warren Haynes, and others.
A series of celebrations around the country have already begun, notably a Johnson-themed national tour with the Big Head Blues Club, featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Honeyboy Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, and the duo of Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm. All of these artists – as well as B.B. King, Ruthie Foster, and Charlie Musselwhite – appear on the recent album 100 Years of Robert Johnson by the “Big Head Blues Club,” which features interpretations of ten Johnson songs.