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Benefit concert pays tribute to blues legend

Eddie Son House

Seminal Mississippi bluesman “Eddie” Son House, who lived three decades in Rochester, will be getting some “overdue recognition” on June 8 at the Hot Blues for the Homeless Benefit, according to enthusiastic fans, such as Dan Beaumont, an associate professor of Arabic language and literature who teaches a popular class titled simply The Blues.

“A primary influence on country blues legends Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, Son House made music that changed music,” says Beaumont, who is working on a book about Son House called  Preachin the Blues.

Musicians such as John Mooney, Joe Beard, Fred Vine, Gordon Munding, and Curtis Waterman will be playing  at the tribute concert from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Waterstreet Music Hall. Proceeds will benefit a shelter for homeless men to be built by the Catholic Family Center in 2009, which will include a life skills center to be called the Son House Resource Center.  

Supporters of the concert also include the Catholic Family
Center, the House of Guitars, and the University’s Office of the President and Frederick Douglas Institute. For event and ticket information, visit or

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