Bring it On Home, an exhibit on display at The Kansas African American Museum has a one/two punch. The exhibit takes visitors through the early history of blues – an original American music form – but also takes a deep look at the rich history of blues in the Wichita.
Around the turn of the century, African Americans from the South created one of the most influential genres of popular music in America’s history: the blues. With roots in African musical traditions, work songs, spirituals and folk music, the blues was inspiration for other genres: jazz, rock and roll, gospel, and popular music. Although traditional blues no longer commands the audience it once did, it has a rich and powerful history of soulful expression.
Bring It On Home takes visitors through early blues history, the African American experience, and the different regional forces and migration trends that shaped this uniquely American musical form. Included in the exhibit is a revived version of the museum’s 1998 exhibition The Tradition of Blues in Wichita: African Americans Tell Their Stories,an exhibition that includes interviews with Wichita blues artists conducted by Patrick O’Connor, and photographed by Arthur Kenyon.
The exhibit is on display through Sept. 8, but a special Blues event and concert is planned in conjunction with the exhibit on Sat., June 30, 6-9 p.m. The evening begins with an exhibition reception from 6-7 p.m. Attendees are invited to celebrate the blues, it history and legacy through the exhibits photographs and interactive displays. At 7 p.m., the evening starts poppin’ with a concert by several local blues artists and a barbecue meal provided by Jodee B’s Catering.
Tickets for the evening are $35 and can be purchased at the museum’s gift shop or by calling the museum at (316) 262-7651.
The evening will also serve as an official kick-off for The Kansas African-American History Trail, a partnership that links sites across the state that are important part of African American contributions to Kansas. The trail, with identifying signage, includes more than sites across the state that are of significance because of the unique role in the history of African Americans in Kansas.
The Kansas African American Museum, located at 601 N. Water, Wichita, is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday Noon to 4 p.m.
Bring it On Home: Blues
What: Exhibit reception, concert and barbecue dinner
When: Sat., June 30, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water, Wichita, KS.
Cost: Tickets, $35 per person, can be purchased at the museum gift shop or by calling the museum at (316) 262-7651.