Thursday, June 6. This year the Blues Fest aims to pay homage to the roots of a distinctly American phenomenon—the Blues music of the South. We will begin the weekend’s festivities by attending to the music at the Mississippi Juke Joint stage and the panel discussions that will take place there. On Friday the panel discussion is about the Mississippi Blues Trail. The panelists at that time will be Alex Thomas, Jim O’ Neal, and Scott Baretta.
The State of Mississippi has given us more Blues musicians of note than all of the other Southern states combined–so it is claimed. In recognition, the Mississippi Blues Commission has established markers at over 100 sites commemorating the birthplace and haunts of the musicians, supporting roadhouses, record stations, recording companies, and the rivers and highways that mark their road-trip routes. See the complete list and the marker locations here: http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues_marker_list
Denver has its own markers, actually plaques, on buildings of historic note in the neighborhood known as Five Points. These building plaques tell the story of the history of jazz in Denver.