The Blues come to UT to celebrate Black History Month

Posted Feb 18th, 2011 by Meghan Cunningham  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The history of northwest Ohio’s blues scene will be explored on Saturday with a viewing of the documentary “I’ll Take You There” about The Hines Farm Blues Club.

The film, which features the club that has been located just outside Swanton, Ohio since the 1940s, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 in The University of Toledo’s Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

“I’ll Take You There” portrays what the club is known for: blues music, dancing, soul food and African-American history. It also includes some big names, such as B.B. King.

“There is great black history right here in Toledo as it was a major hub on the blues and soul circuit in the 50s and 60s and continues to thrive today,” said Jennifer Rockwood, director of First-Year Experience Office. “Hip-hop and rap, a big part of today’s music, can be traced to early juke joints like Hines Farm.”

Following the 60-minute film, there will be a discussion with nationally recognized R&B and blues writer Sir Mack Rice and John Rockwood, a local Blues historian, producer and photographer.

Sir Mack Rice, who is known for songs such as Mustang Sally and Respect Yourself, will be available for autographs.

The event, which runs 7:30-9:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jennifer Rockwood at 419.530.2330

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