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Published on August 15th, 2018 | by TLV News

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Second Annual RL Boyce Picnic & Blues Celebration is August 16-17 in Como, Mississippi

“Don’t put out the man’s FIRE!”
2nd Annual RL BOYCE PICNIC and BLUES CELEBRATION
August 16-17, 2018 Como, MS

Como, Mississippi Bluesman RL Boyce was first recorded in 1971. Playing percussion on his 15th birthday with his Uncle, Othar Turner’s Fife & Drum band.
In 2018 at 62 years old and a recent Grammy nominee, Como will celebrate Boyce’s 63rd birthday August 16-17th. A lifetime of creating music, the town invites all to revel in his astounding achievements.
Rooted in the family tradition Sherena Boyce, RL’s daughter and famed #1 Juke Joint Dancer, has put together a star studded Hill Country Blues line up to shake ‘em on down. To help everyone get in a hypnotic head,  Sherena billed two notable area family groups, The Hurt Family Fife & Drum band, and Sharde Thomas & The Rising Stars. Plus a bunch of outstanding players including Kenny  Brown, Dwayne Burnside, Joyce SheWolf Jones, Cam Kimbrough, Mule Man Massey, Eric Deaton, and many more.

August 16, Como Library , 4 to 8:00 pm

Get skoolin’ and join the band. Learn the centuries old art of Fife & Drum music from the big blues man and friends. An art forum taught through Afro-American families throughout Mississippi. Spellbinding, hypnotic, and infectious fife and drum music origins date back to the end of the civil war. RL will be available to share his licks and inspire ones own style. Fife & Drum instruction, and history will be shared by Willie Hurt, first cousin to RL Boyce.  
$100 (limited to 10). 

FRIDAY AUGUST 17th: Artist Reception 3-5pm
DON’T PUT OUT THE MY FIRE: RL BOYCE

Austin’s Barber & Stylist Shop 219 North Main Street, Como, Ms, 38619
Photos and Films by Yancey Allison
Yancey Allison a Como photographer first met and began photographing RL Boyce in the late 1980s. Decades of shared memories captured on film, Yancey has rarely shown her photos of RL. From raucous yard party performance to tender images of RL cradling his daughter. Yancey’s intimate eye gives an honest glimpse into the life of a 21c. Afro-American Mississippi Blues musician.

FRIDAY AUGUST 17th: COMMENCEMENT 4:45pm

HURT FAMILY FIFE AND DRUM BAND ROLLS

Willie will lead the Hurt Family Fife and Drum Band from Austin’s on Main Street to Como Park on West Street. March with us.

COMO Community PARK 5:00pm-11:45pm

West Street, (Behind Windy City Grill) Como, Ms.

RL BOYCE birthday lineup BLASTS OFF!

Live music begins at 5 pm with Lil’ Joe Ayers, Eric Crays, Andrea Staten, EJ Vanzandt, Cam Kimbrough, Jeffery Evans, Kody Harrell, Bill Gibbs, Greg Ayers, Tracy Hullette, Duwayne Burnside, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Mark Muleman Massey, Eric Deaton, Kenny Brown, Sharde Thomas & The Rising Stars Fife & Drums, Pork Chop Willie, Kent Burnside Band. and RL BOYCE!
FREE! FOOD! BYOB! COOLERS! FREE! 

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