Penn State Research on the Road: Chicago!
Topic: Chicago, America's Mecca for the Blues
Penn State University is bringing Research on the Road to Chicago! Research on the Road is a new outreach program that brings faculty researchers to locations around the country with active alumni chapters for lively conversations on timely topics.
Join internationally renowned blues expert, Penn State’s professor Jerry Zolten,
for an unforgettable exploration of Chicago’s celebrated sound: the
blues. Through Zolten’s vast knowledge, anecdotes and humor—and through
compelling audio and video recordings—you’ll trace the diverse roots and
evolution of the blues as the music traveled up the Mississippi from
the rural south to find a new urban home in the Windy City. Don’t miss
this rare opportunity to learn more about Chicago blues, including
legends such as Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, and Howlin’ Wolf, while
enjoying one of Chicago’s most famous blues clubs, Buddy Guy’s Legends.
Admission is $10 and includes appetizers, cash bar, and FREE admission to the watch live blues at 9:30. Click here to get your reservation!
Penn State associate professor Jerry Zolten is a noted author, producer, musician, and fanatic collector of rare records. He is the author of the award-winning book, Great God A'Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music, along with book contributions on The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, CDs by the Grammy-winning Fairfield Four, and public radio programs on blues and jazz with cartoonist Robert Crumb and writer Harvey Pekar. Zolten’s current projects include the commercial release of his radio program with Robert Crumb, Chimpin’ the Blues, a collaboration with Van Dyke Parks on a compilation of historic pre-War calypsos, and Woody@100 at Penn State, September 7-9, a conference and concerts in conjunction with the GRAMMY® Museum and the Guthrie Foundation celebrating the centennial of American folk music icon Woody Guthrie.