Monday, January 9th at 5:00pm – 7:00pm, (FREE)
Every Monday Redbones will celebrate BLUES MUSIC. Between 5pm-7pm we will feature a Single Musician who has made their mark on The Blues. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on Monday January 16, 2017. In a Tribute to both these legendary men, Redbones Blues Café will be featuring the music of Muddy Waters and Mississippi Delta music as part of it “Monday Night Blues Series”.
The American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assainated on April 4, 1968. Earlier that year King had organized the “Poor People’s Campaign” to address issues of economic justice. He travelled the country to assemble a “multiracial army of the poor” that would march on Washington to engage non-violent civil disobediance until Congress created an “economic bill of rights” for poor Americans.
On May 18, 1968, six weeks after King’s murder, an endless stream of justice-seeking activists from across the United States began flowing onto the National Mall in Washington D.C. where they setup a camp they called “Resurrection City” that lasted for 6 weeks. This was the first stage of their struggle for an Economic Bill of Rights for the Disadvantaged.
In the despairing weeks following King’s death, the nation itself was overcome by the Blues, so it was symbolically fitting that the pre-eminent Blues Band in the USA would play for the activists camped out in the nation’s capital. On May 18, legendary Blues guitarist & vocalist Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, harmonica master Little Walter and bassist Willie Dixon had driven all night from Chicago to play a benefit concert at Resurrection City.
Both the River of Song and the River of Justice converged that day and both had their headwaters in the state of Mississippi, in two of the nation’s most poverty-stricken areas. The River of Song had its source at the wooden shack where Muddy Waters lived and labored as a cotton picker and first played the Blues; while the River of Justice had its headwaters in Marks, Mississippi where Martin Luther King, Jr. first saw the full extent of childhood poverty and hunger.
“Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
January’s Featured Musicians:
9th – John Lee Hooker
16th – Muddy Waters – Celebrating MLK Jr Day
23rd – Janis Joplin
30th – Elvis Presley
COCKTAIL & MIXED DRINK SPECIALS
“One Bourbon, One Scotch & One Beer” Drink Special
Blues Lightinin’ Cocktail Special
Mixed Drink Specials