***Black History Month Celebration*** Hosted by RL Boyce Picnic SAT. FEB. 1ST, 2020 COMO FOLK Photos by John Shaw Opening reception 5-7PM Emily Jones Pointer Public Library 104 Main Street, Como MS. 38619 Exhibit continues until FEB. 29, 2020
JAM w/ the BIG BLUES MANE RL BOYCE ONE NIGHT ONLY SAT. FEB.1st, 2020 8PM -MIDNITE COMO Catfish Bar & Grill 204 Main Street COMO MS. DOOR: $10 DONATION RLBOYCEPICNIC.COM
In celebration of Black History Month the RL BOYCE Picnic & Blues Celebration is celebrating the African American residents of Como MS. with a photo exhibition by John Shaw, and live Blues Jam with Como’s BIG BLUES MANE Grammy Nominee and MAC Fellowship Grant Recipient RL BOYCE.
John Shaw, a Tennessee photographer has documented Folk Life in Mississippi for over twenty years. He is working towards his Master Thesis in Ethnomusicology at the University of Memphis. He is widely recognized by the Blues and Folk community from his wildly popular blog, The Delta Review. Opening reception SAT. FEB.1st, 2020 5-7PM The exhibit continues through the month, please check library for hours.
Following the opening reception shake ‘em on down at the Como Catfish Bar & Grill with Como’s biggest star Hill Country Blues Legend RL BOYCE
8PM-12MIDNITE DOOR:$10 DONATION Brought to you by RL BOYCE PICNIC & FANCY! RLBOYCEPICNIC.COM
Como Bluesman RL Boyce was first recorded in 1970. In Como played drums on his 15th birthday accompanied his Uncle, Othar Turner’s Fife and Drum band. In 2019 RL invites all to celebrate his 64th birthday. In Como at a traditional Mississippi Family Picnic.
SHOW OUT at the 3rd Annual RL BOYCE PICNIC and Blues Celebration
Labor Day Weekend
Sat. AUG. 31 & Sun. Sept. 1, 2019
#1 Juke Joint Dancer Ms. Sherena Boyce, RL’s daughter has put together a star studded Hill Country Blues line up to shake ‘em on down.
IT’S GONE TO BE A DYNAMITE NITE.
YOU DONT DARE MISS THIS ONE.
SAT. AUG. 31, 2019
RL BOYCE, Ain’t the man, ALRIGHT!
Photos and Films 1998- 2018, by Yancey Allison
104 MAIN STREET, COMO, MS.
Exhibit continues until Sept. 30, 2019
Photos and Films by Yancey Allison
Yancey Allison a Como photographer first met and photographed RL Boyce in the late 1990s. Decades of shared memories captured on film, Yancey has rarely shown her photos of RL. From raucous yard party performance to tender images of RL cradling his daughter. Yancey’s intimate eye gives an honest glimpse into the life of a 21c. Afro-American Mississippi Blues musician.
SAT. AUG 31, 2019
AIN’T THE MAN ALRIGHT JAM
RL Boyce Live Jam with Friends
more of Yancey’s photos on display
Como Catfish Bar & Grill
204 Main Street, COMO MS 38619
SUN. SEPT. 1, 2019
BOYCE FAMILY AND FRIENDS FIFE AND DRUM BAND ROLLS
BOYCE Family and Friends Fife and Drum Band MARCH from the Dunlap St. entrance inside Como Park to West Street entrance.
March with us.
COMO Community PARK 3:15pm-11:45pm
West Street, (Behind Windy City Grill) Como, Ms.
RL BOYCE birthday lineup BLASTS OFF!
Live music begins at 3:15 pm with Kent Burnside, Lil’ Joe Ayers, Andrea Staten, Jeffery Evans, Garry Burnside 78Band, Beverly Davis, Steve Tony, Kody Harrell, Australia Neal, Greg & Show Time, Dom Turner, Tracy Hullette, Eric Deaton Trio, Kenny Kimbrough, Boyce Family & Friends Fife & Drums, C-Mal- June2May Band, K.C. Conner, Pork Chop Willie, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee and his Thunder Band PLUS RL BOYCE!
FREE! BYOB! COOLERS! FREE!
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GO APE! RECORDS
PINs Downhome Blues
Like to get involved? Sponsorship, advertising, and benefactor opportunities available. FOOD TRUCKS Vendor space Reasonable rates, limited spots Volunteers wanted Need more info. Contact https://rlboycepicnic.com/
🧡 FRI. 5/17 Kick OFF! Opening reception The Women Who Captured Junior Kimbrough photos by Yancey Allison and Lauri Lawson Leontyne Price Library Gallery 4-6PM 🧡FRI. 5/17 Open Floor Jam w/ Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection The Hut 7PM $10
🧡SAT. 5/18 Country Breakfast w/ Robert K. Sr. The HUT 7-10AM $5 Cotton Patch Soul Blues Workshop w/ Robert Sr., David Jr., and Kent Kimbrough, Lil’ Joe Ayers, and Duwayne Burnside ( limited to 25 ) The HUT 10AM-4PM $150 $75 Kids under 16
Soul Food Cooking w/ Necy Noon-2PM Includes Lunch The HUT $20 • Juke Joint Dance Lessons w/ Ms. Sherena Boyce The HUT 1PM-3PM $10 • Jam with the Legends Join the Originals on the floor in the juke plus special guests Memphis Gold, Jesse Cotton Stone, Lightnin’ Malcolm, One Hand Dan, Cameron Kimbrough, Janky and the Juke Joint Boys. 7PM $10 • 🧡 SUN 5/19 Country Breakfast w/ Robert K. Sr. 9-11AM $5 • Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Guided Memorial Tour w/ Lil’ Joe Ayers 11AM-1PM $25 • Sunday Night at Junior’s w/ Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection, The Kimbrough Brothers, RL Boyce, Duwanye Burnside, Garry Burnside Band, Eric Deaton, Mark Mule Man Massey, Lucious Spiller, and Porkchop Willie Plus #1 Juke Joint Dancer Ms. Sherena Boyce 2PM $25 At DOOR CASH ONLY
🧡🧡Advanced tickets DEALS🧡🧡 Kimbrough Cotton Patch VIP – $175 SuperBad SuperSaver – $65 Price is Right -$40 Sunday at Juniors -$20
Meet Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection in tha city, NEW YORK CITY!
Robert Kimbrough Sr. the youngest son of North Mississippi Blues Legend Junior Kimbrough brings their style of Blues to the big city NEW YORK CITY! Spring 2019
Catch a ride on the Cotton Patch Soul Blues train with the hypnotic sweet soulful sounds of Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection. Original music created by a LEGEND. Mississippi grown, blues is in his blood.
Recently restored archival footage by UNC Southern FolkLife Collection, courtesy of Jas Obrecht and footage from the private collection of Johnnie Smith, sixty- five minutes of unseen footage of Junior Kimbrough circa 89/1990.
From the home movie collection of local Holly Springs, MS resident Johnnie Smith. Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys play two songs at her father’s, John Smith’s horse farm located on Hwy 309 near Holly Springs. May 4, 1989 (8 mins. video) Joe Ayers smoking on bass, drums “Allabu Juju”.
Provided and filmed by acclaimed music writer Jas Obrecht, Junior Kimbrough seen playing inside the Chewalla Rib Shack, with Joe Ayers on bass and Calvin Jackson on drums. Excellent quality footage captures the atmosphere of a Mississippi juke joint unfiltered. After Junior performs he consents to an interview where he talks candidly about his style of music, Cotton Patch Blues. This part of the film served as the Q/A section of “Junior Kimbrough: Mississippi Juke Joint Blues,” Guitar Player “, Aug. ’95. Filmed Sept. 23, 1990, 58 mins.
w/ Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection
Local Bluesman Robert Kimbrough Sr. will open up The Hut in Holly Springs for a night of live blues music featuring the ladies.
Robert and the BluesConnection will host a traditional juke joint style night much like Robert’s father. Local legend and Holly Springs resident Cotton-Patch Blues musician Junior Kimbrough who performed in and operated juke joints in the area for decades. Local ladies slated to perform are #1 Juke joint dancer Sherena Boyce daughter of Como musician RL Boyce, from Jackson Ms. Iretta Sanders, and loved local DJ from The Change Lady Jammer. The floor is open to others to join the jam. Also screening rare and unreleased live performance footage of Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys filmed at the Chewalla Rib Shack and an interview with Junior, plus footage from this past May 2017 Kimbrough Cotton-Patch Blues Festival.
$10 at the door, Ladies two for one.
Sherena Boyce asks the lucky crowd on that rainy night in New Orleans. It was Mardi Gras, but Como, MS Blues legend RL Boyce was in the Circle Bar and with the support of Paul Artigues and Todd Mathews, on loan from the Thunder Band, he settled in and grooved an incredible set of down-home, hypnotic hill country blues. This is unfiltered RL BOYCE at his very best. No guest stars. No hot leads. No slide guitar. ALL BOOGIE.
RL Boyce’s music is rooted in long-standing traditions of the deep south and family history. Otha Turner is RL’s aunt’s cousin. RL first saw Otha play at a family picnic when he was twelve years old. In awe of the respect that Otha commanded with his fife and drum band, RL decided then and there that is what he wanted to be. That guy. And at the age of fourteen, he joined the popular fife and drum outfits of the North Delta area of Mississippi.
RL played drums with Otha Turner for thirty years. But he also played drums and recorded with Napoleon Strickland, another popular regional drum and fife line-up, plus the SHE-WOLF herself, Jessie Mae Hemphill. After meeting about 1980 through Otha, RL and Jessie Mae forged a deep and lasting friendship which inspired RL to pick up the guitar and delevoped his own distinct guitar sound. RL’s style is rooted in country blues. He combines the traditional guitar picking and tuning similar to hometown legends Fred McDowell and R.L. Burnside to create a simple, trance-inducing song. Peculiar in phrasing, RL’s style shines on this recording. He effortlessly leads the band from one classic RL tune to the next with his sparse, soothing sound mesmerizing listeners.
RL’s playing is minimal, meandering, spontaneous and loose but bound to a precise repetitive, entrancing rhythm. His unmistakable style is easily recognizable. Along with the influences mentioned above, the classic country blues guitar styles of John Lee Hooker & Lightnin’ Hopkins can be gleaned but accentuated with haunting, high pitched vocals reminiscent of Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt.
RL first recorded with Otha and Napoleon in 1974 and continued recording throughout the 80’s and 90’s. In the mid-80’s he recorded with Jessie Mae on David Evans’ stellar Memphis label High Water Records. RL Boyce’s excellent debut release on Sutro Park, 2013, is now followed by RL’s first live recording release. Joined by his eldest daughter, Sherena on Tamborine, she helps juke up the joint. You can take the man out of Mississippi – but you can’t take the Mississippi out of the man.
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