The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization. Donations to the Foundation will go towards scholarships to enable youth to attend the MasterClass Workshops held annually in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
The Pinetop Perkins Foundation Announces
Exciting New Changes
Master Class Workshop Experience June 13-16, 2017
For the Young and the Young at Heart
Anthony Geraci, a 2016 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award nominee, will be leading the piano workshop. Anthony brings extensive experience to the workshop, having played with many blues legends. Legendary recording artist Phil Wiggins will be teaching the harmonica master class and has been an ambassador of the blues with over 30 years of performance experience. Phil teaches by breaking the songs down phrase-by-phrase, encouraging students to use their ear in order to get the melodies down. Jonn Del Toro Richardson returns for his third year as head of the guitar workshop assisted by the talented young Marcus Cartwright. Jonn played with Pinetop often, including on Pinetop’s 2007 Grammy winning CD, “The Last of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen.” He and Marcus offer a “hands on” approach to teaching many different styles, which keeps students coming back year after year. Foundation Board member and Music Director Bob Margolin will be leading the advanced workshop in recording and engineering with Gary Vincent at The Clarksdale Soundstage recording studio. This class is for advanced students who have at least one year’s experience at the workshops. It goes deep in the art of recording and utilizes the best of old and new techniques.
The Foundation’s Master Class Workshop Experience takes place on the grounds of the historic Hopson Plantation and the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, the cradle of the blues in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, and runs from June 13-16, 2017. During this time participants will take in a total delta experience which begins with a BBQ meet and greet on Tuesday evening, nightly jams at the Hopson Commissary, and a final show featuring all workshop participants at the famous Ground Zero Blues Club co-owned by Morgan Freeman and Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett.
The cost of the workshop is $450.00 with a $100.00 deposit required. Cost does not include lodging. Scholarships are available for students 12 to 21 and cover tuition and partial lodging expenses for first and second year attendees. Registration begins November 15, 2016. Complete information can be found on our Workshop Page.
The Pinetop Perkins Foundation Is Proud To Present
The MasterClass Of 2016
Photo Courtesy Jill Kuch
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Please consider honoring Pinetop's legacy by donating to The Pinetop Perkins Foundation. Donations can be made by check or through PayPal. The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible.
Check or money order payable to:
The Pinetop Perkins Foundation
P.O. Box 1916
Clarksdale, MS 38614