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River Dispatch

Vol 8 No 7d - July 30, 2012

1. KIPP Dugout Canoe August 2nd at Helena's Delta Cultural Center 4-5:30pm

The KIPP Dugout Canoe was completed in May 2012 after three years of hard work by the students of the KIPP Delta College Prep School of Helena. Using geometry, creativity and carpentry, hundreds of KIPPsters helped turn a 2-ton log into a finely crafted 250-pound canoe! KIPP/Delta Cultural Center Reception on Thursday August 2nd from 4-5:30pm honoring the students who carved the canoe. At the Delta Cultural Center, 141 Cherry Street in Helena, Arkansas.

Open to the public. Come join the hundreds of KIPP Middle School students who carved a dugout canoe from a 14 foot long cottonwood log that originally weighed 2 tons! The tools they learned to use included axes, adzes, scorps, draw shaves, hand planes and carving chisels, employing geometry, sculpture and many thousands of hours of hard work. The KIPP saying “Work hard. Be nice.” was definitely in practice! The KIPP Dugout Canoe was completed in May 2012 after three years of carving. "Cross the River to the College!"

2. Great Flood of 2011: Surfing a 300 Mile-Long Wave

Two Upcoming Showings:

-July 31st 6:30pm Rolling Fork Library

-August 7th 5:30pm Helena’s Delta Cultural Center

Surfing a 300 Mile-Long Wave:

A Canoe Expedition during the Great Flood of 2011

Photos, videos and music from a 300 mile long Canoe Adventure from Memphis to Vicksburg on the Lower Mississippi River riding the crest of the Great Flood of 2011 from May 16th - May 19th with guide John Ruskey, writer W. Hodding Carter & photographer Christopher LaMarca on an unforgettable voyage down the main channel, down the back channels and through the flooded fields & forests of the Lower Mississippi River Floodplain.

Documenting the islands, the bridges, the hunting camps, the landings, and what remained of the landscape of the Lower Mississippi Valley in the highest water ever recorded in Vicksburg & Natchez, and the biggest volume water ever recorded on the Lower Miss. DVD available.

3. Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, August 10-12, Clarksdale, Mississippi

25th Annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival featuring the best of the downhome blues -- and this year one of the best of the British blues-inspired rockers: Robert Plant!

Lineup (Subject to Change)

Thursday, August 9, 2012 – Acoustic Blues – Grits, Greens, & Barbecue VIP Party – VIP Tent

6:00 – 6:30pm

Bill Abel and Cadillac John

6:35 – 7:05pm

Richard "Daddy Rich" Crisman

7:10 – 7:55pm

Terry "Harmonica" Bean

8:00 – 8:45pm

Steve "Lightnin'" Malcom

8:50 – 9:35pm

Lucious Spiller

Friday, August 10, 2012 – Main Stage – Downtown Blues Alley

4:15 – 4:45pm

Delta Blues Museum Band

5:00 – 5:30pm

Rick Burton Blues Band

5:45 – 6:30pm

The Sarah Metcalf Blues Band

6:45 – 7:30pm

Otis "TCB" Taylor Blues

7:45 – 8:30pm

Joshua "Razor Blade" Stewart

8:45 – 9:45pm

O.B. Buchana

10:00 – 11:30pm

Bobby Rush

Saturday, August 11, 2012 – Acoustic Blues – Main Stage – Downtown Blues Alley

9:00 – 9:30am

Arthneice "Gas Man" Jones

9:40 – 10:10am

Robert Belfour

10:20 – 10:50am

Eddie Cusic

11:00 – 11:30am

Pat Thomas

11:40am – 12:10pm

Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

12:20 – 12:50pm

Anthony "Big A" Sherrod

1:00 – 1:30pm

Sharde Turner & the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band

Saturday, August 11, 2012 – Electric Blues – Main Stage – Downtown Blues Alley

1:45 – 2:15pm

David Dunavent & the Evol Love Band

2:30 – 3:00pm

Heather Crosse: Heavy Suga’ & The Sweet Tones

3:15 – 4:00pm

Kenny Brown Blues Band

4:15 – 5:00pm

Terry "Big T" Williams & Family Band

5:15 – 6:00pm

Bill "Howlin’ Madd" Perry

6:15 – 7:15pm

James "Jimbo" Mathis

7:30 – 8:30pm

James "Super Chikan" Johnson & Fighting Cocks

8:30 – 8:45pm

Award Presentations: Early Wright Blues Heritage Award, Julius Guy Gospel Heritage Award

8:45 – 9:45pm

Charlie Musselwhite & His Blues Band

10:00 – 11:30pm

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters including Grammy winning vocalist/songwriter Patty Griffin; guitarist/composer Justin Adams and West African acoustic virtuoso Juldeh Camara, who have collaborated with Robert Plant on special projects/tours; keyboard artist John Baggott; guitarist Billy Fuller; and drummer Dave Smith

Sunday, August 12, 2012 – Gospel Stage – Main Stage – Downtown Blues Alley

4:40 – 4:50pm

TNBM Ministry Praise Team

5:00 – 5:10pm

Anointed by God

5:20 – 5:30pm

Michael Lipford & PA

5:40 – 5:50pm

New Covenant MB Church Mass Choir

6:00 – 6:20pm

John Howard

6:30 – 6:50pm

Ezra Howard

7:00 – 7:20pm

Chapel Hill Men's Chorus

7:30 – 8:15pm

Susie Golden–Ferguson

8:30 – 9:30pm

Vickie Winans