Jackson, Mississippi — February 4, 2019 — GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi presents “A Night on the River: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Mississippi Night” at GRAMMY Museum® L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Held Thursday, February 7, “A Night on the River” precedes the 61st GRAMMY Awards® ceremony on Sunday, February 10.
“It is an honor that Mississippi’s legacy as the Birthplace of America’s Music has been celebrated for 10 years by the GRAMMY Museums and Recording Academy,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “We are thrilled to partner with our neighbors Louisiana and Memphis to celebrate our shared musical heritage and numerous GRAMMY nominees from the past and present.”
Since 2010, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and its sister museum in Los Angeles have celebrated Mississippi’s contributions to American music with “Mississippi Night” in the week leading up to the GRAMMY Awards ceremony. This year’s designation of “A Night on the River” is a reflection of the fact that, for the first time, artists from Memphis and Louisiana are joining Mississippi in the festivities.
The event’s featured artists include Mississippians Randy Houser, Cedric Burnside and The Delta Music Institute All Stars from Delta State University, along with Memphis band Hi Rhythm Section and Louisiana musicians Sean Ardoin, Cha Wa, DOE and PJ Morton of the band Maroon 5.
Prior to the musical performances, there is a special recognition of Mississippi native William Ferris, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, audio recordist, filmmaker, folklorist and teacher. Ferris is receiving honors for his life’s work, “Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris,” a nominee for Best Historical Album.
Other 61st GRAMMY Awards nominees with Mississippi ties include musician Cedric Burnside (Best Traditional Blues Album), musician Charlie Musslewhite (Best Traditional Blues Album), songwriter and double nominee Chase McGill (Best Country Song), Victor Wainwright and the Train guitarist Terrence Grayson (Best Contemporary Blues Album) and comedian Fred Armisen (Best Comedy Album).
“A Night on the River,” is sponsored in partnership by Visit Mississippi/Mississippi Development Authority, Memphis Tourism, Louisiana Office of Tourism, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the Mississippi Blues Foundation.
For more information, go to grammymuseumms.org.