In the midst of this past Saturday’s excitement surrounding B.B. King’s Homecoming Festival, I was fortunate to speak with Sylvester Hoover, owner of Delta Blues Legend Tours of Greenwood, Mississippi. As a result of this conversation, the 308 Blues Club and Cafe will join Hoover in welcoming students from Dominican University of Chicago, Illinois to the Mississippi Delta.
Sylvester Hoover is known worldwide as “The Keeper” of the Robert Johnson Blues heritage in the Greenwood area. In addition, Hoover holds a chair on the Little Zion Baptist Church Deacon Board. Through the years, he has been a major contributor to the preservation of area Blues legends and promotes their contributions throughout the world. I can only hope that our efforts at the 308 Blues Club and Cafe will have a similar impact and help foster a further appreciation of blues and roots culture locally and worldwide. I am most certain that our staff will gain a new sense of responsibility as future “keepers” of the blues while visiting with Deacon Hoover.
And, you too can meet Sylvester Hoover at the 308 Blues Club and Cafe this Friday, June 17th, starting at 8 pm. Learn about his Delta Blues Legend Tours and ask him about Robert Johnson. I’m sure he’ll have a lot to share. Let’s welcome Sylvester Hoover and provide a special welcome to the visiting students from Dominican University to the Mississippi Delta and make them feel at home!
Friday night’s entertainment will be provided by Mickey Rogers and the Soul Masters Band. Showtime at 9 pm. No cover until 10 pm.
“…I designed the tour to give visitors to the Mississippi Delta an intimate Blues experience like none other in the world. You can walk the same path as Robert Johnson and other blues greats, visit historical sites that tell the story of the Blues, and most importantly, the people who played the Blues and the people who lived it. Look around on my site to get an idea of what the Delta Blues Legend Tours is all about. Thanks for visiting and hope you can join me real soon in the Delta!” -Sylvester Hoover