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Memorial Service for John Cephas
« on: March 10, 2009, 11:43:51 AM »
There will be a Memorial Service for John Cephas at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. on Sunday March 29th, followed by a reception at a separate venue. You can check his web site for additional details -

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Offline Peter McCracken

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Re: Memorial Service for John Cephas
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009, 01:52:56 PM »
A little more detail, from the NCTA -

"The date, time and place of John's memorial gathering have just been

A Memorial Gathering to Celebrate the Life and Music of Piedmont Blues Master John Cephas Sunday, March 29, 2009 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Baird Auditorium
National Museum of Natural History
10th and Constitution, NW
Washington, DC 20506"

John wasn't seeing anyone these last months - I think it's worth noting that he actually wanted this memorial service to take place, that is, he wanted lots of people to play lots of music. So, bring it, friends.


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Re: Memorial Service for John Cephas
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 10:53:46 AM »
Some more details:


The Memorial for John Cephas will be at Baird Auditorium from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th & Constitution Ave., N.W.

Located on the Constitution Avenue level of the National Museum of Natural History, visitors should enter the museum from Constitution Avenue and proceed down the central corridor beyond the escalator to the auditorium.

There will be a House Party Jam/Reception after the memorial at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 400 I Street SW not too far from Baird Auditorium.? So bring your instruments to play.

The Memorial Program is set to include:
House Band with Phil Wiggins on Harmonica, Mark Puryear Guitar, Harold Anderson on Bass, and Daryl Davis on keyboards.
Songs by
Rick Franklin and Phil Wiggins
Eleanor Ellis
Diamond Jim Greene
Corey Harris and Phil Wiggins
David Lay and Dudley Connell

Speakers to include:
Bill Wax of XM Radio as MC
Barry Pierson Eulogy
Barry Bergey from the National Endowment for the Arts
Daniel Sheehy Director and Curator of the Smithsonian Folkways
Bruce Iglauer Founder, owner and operator of Alligator Records

Please try to come early - the program will begin promptly at 1:00pm.


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