We Are the Music Makers! on Display + a Music Maker Blues Revue Performance in Thomasville, GA

inNewson April 5, 2018

Music Maker Relief Foundation – a non-profit organization that supports traditional Southern musicians by documenting and presenting their music will be premiering their photography exhibit, We Are the Music Makers! on April 6th, 2018 starting at 5:00pm at the Thomasville Center for the Arts’ Studio 209. At 8:00pm, the Thomasville Amphitheater will host a performance from the Music Maker Blues Revue as part of their First Friday Sip & Stroll.

We Are the Music Makers!, which delves deeply into the living southern musical culture and the musicians themselves, has previously traveled to the Birthplace of Country Music, BB King Museum of Art, Levine Museum of the New South, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the Earl Scruggs Center.

GRAMMY Award-winner Marty Stuart says, “Throughout We Are The Music Makers, the viewer is granted access to worlds that are beyond reach and off limits to most. There is less than a razor’s edge of difference in royalty and rogue at the bedrock of American roots music.”

About the exhibit:

Visitors will experience thirty panels that feature photographs of traditional Southern musicians taken by Music Maker founder and Executive Director Timothy Duffy over the past twenty years. The exhibit panels speak to the significance of each musician’s style and have a storytelling quality, putting each figure in the context of their community. Audio and video are also included which further enhance the content of the panels.

The panels on display feature musicians from all over the Southeast, from GRAMMY winning group the Carolina Chocolate Drops to the lesser known, like Bluesman Guitar Gabriel and Snake handler/circus performer Willa Mae Buckner. Rufus McKenzie, James Davis, Neal Pattman, Precious Bryant, and Essie Mae Brooks, all of whom are featured in We Are the Music Makers!, are Georgia musicians. The exhibit draws attention to musicians that have shaped our modern culture through their music.

About the Music Maker Blues Revue:

The Music Maker Blues Revue is an all-star band and a thriving musical institution. It was born in the early 1990s as a backing band for Guitar Gabriel, and quickly became a power cell of Music Maker’s live presence. Featuring dozens of different Music Maker artists over the years—from Etta Baker and Macavine Hayes to Robert Lee Coleman and Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen—the Revue has played all over the world in every kind of venue. They’ve busked on the sidewalks of High Point, NC, and received standing ovations at Carnegie Hall. From Argentina to Australia, Europe to Guatemala, and across the U.S., the Revue pleases all types of fans; “the boogiers and the bookworms,” as drummer Ardie Dean puts it.


What: We Are the Music Makers! Opening Reception

Where: Studio 209 | 209 W Remington Ave, Thomasville, GA 31792

When: Friday, April 6th, 2018 | 5:00pm – 11:00pm


What: Music Maker Blues Revue Performance

Where: Thomasville Park and Amphitheater | 131 S. Stevens Street, Thomasville GA

When: Friday, April 6th, 2018 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm


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