Panel: Blues and Social Action 2017-12-22T20:55:13+00:00

Project Description

Panel: Blues and Social Action

Panelists: Mike Kappus (panelist and moderator), Steven Van Zandt, Jim Pugh, Dr. Janice Johnston

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Doubletree Hotel – Grand Ballroom
185 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Open to the Community

This panel will explore a variety of opportunities to use blues music to create a better world. Mike Kappus will moderate and serve on the panel to discuss his charitable work with the Logan and Arhoolie Foundations. Joining him will be Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven) founder and director of Little Steven’s Blues School in Notodden, Norway who will share insight on how he is working to teach the next generation of international musicians about the cultural and musical impact of blues and its root relationship to other types of music, all while the students learn the heart and core of the blues as a genre. Jim Pugh, Founder and CEO of Little Village Foundation, will discuss how the blues music he is helping to create is having a positive impact for both musicians and society, and Dr. Janice Johnston, Blues Foundation board member and Committee Chair for the HART Fund, will discuss strides The Blues Foundation is making to ensure musician health. The panel will also include a Q&A format.

The Mike Kappus and The Rosebud Agency – 45+ Years Sharing the Music exhibit at The Blues Hall of Fame Museum, curated by Mike and his wife, Saori, remains open through early March 2018.