Published on February 26th, 2018 | by TLV News0
Rafael Alvarez and Matthew Zediker Perform March 9 in Water Valley, Mississippi
When: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7 pm
Where: The home of artists Pati D’Amico and Bill Warren, 200 Panola Street, Water Valley, Mississippi 38965
Who: Alvarez is a former staff writer for the HBO drama The Wire and the author of four books of literary fiction. He will be joined by Matthew Zediker, a multi-instrumentalist majoring in music and mathematics at Ole Miss. Among Zediker’s many inspirations—from the blues to ’60s psychedelia—he is enamored of the music of Don Van Vliet (1941–2010) , a visionary better known as Captain Beefheart. Alvarez interviewed Van Vliet in Philadelphia in the early 1980s. The show will be emceed by Tyrone Crawley, scholar of American soul music.
Why: The 30th anniversary of Alvarez’s pilgrimage to Mississippi when he and Crawley criss-crossed the Magnolia State to raise awareness for literacy programs and interviewed river tow-boat captains about the great drought of 1988.