Advisory: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History collects objects from Grammy Award-winner Bobby Rush

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Laura Duff 
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Michael Garlid 
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Musician Bobby Rush will donate objects related to his 50-year career as an internationally recognized blues singer-songwriter from the American south.


Friday, September 15, 2017 – 6:30pm


Tuesday Sept. 19 
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.


Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History 
Constitution Avenue entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.
Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, 1 West



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During an American History (After Hours) program, blues musician Bobby Rush will donate the green jewel-studded suit depicted on the inside cover of the 2016 Grammy award-winning album Porcupine Meat. The harmonica Rush will also donate was used at a post-inaugural performance with James Brown in Washington, D.C., for President Bill Clinton in 1993 and in the recent recording of Porcupine Meat.

The donation ceremony will occur during “The Sound of Memphis,” an event that will include William Bell, Boo Mitchell, Martin Shore, Deanie Parker, Al Kapone and Al Bell. Prior to a live performance with these musicians from the Memphis and Mississippi Delta region, the museum will recognize the legacy of a community that helped chart the musical evolution of the region from blues to soul to hip-hop. Rush’s suit and harmonica will become part of the national collection that includes Sting’s 1978 Fender Stratocaster guitar, a 1975 Fender Telecaster from a scene in The Blues Brothers and Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet.

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