The city of Pine Bluff will honor the legacy of Blues legend, Bobby Rush, with a ceremony dedicating Third Avenue as “Bobby Rush Way” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, according to a news release.
From 6-9 p.m. Friday, the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Alliance (DRBA) will host a free Blues and soul music jam at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 Main St. The event is in partnership with the UAPB Economic Research Development Center and the Explore Pine Bluff Visitor Center.
The public is invited to help celebrate the city’s new “Bobby Rush Way” with live music, stories and dance. There will also be catfish dinners available for purchase, according to the release.
Last year, the Pine Bluff City Council passed a resolution, recommended by the DRBA, to rename a portion of Third Avenue in honor of the music legend because of his roots growing up in the area.
Earlier this month, the city’s Traffic and Aviation Committee allocated funding to install the signage. With the installation of a street topper, Pine Bluff will become the first city to convey such an honor on the music pioneer who has been dubbed, the “King of the Chitlin’ Circuit.”
“Bobby Rush Way” is just a few yards down the street from where Rush was first paid to play his music, according to the release.
Rush serves as the honorary chairman for the developing DRBA Heritage Center and is headlining a fundraiser to support their Freedom & Blues Exhibition at the UAPB Small Business Support Incubator. The Blues icon will be in concert at the Pine Bluff Convention Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Others on the show will include the Southern Soul Queen, Karen Wolfe (a native of Pine Bluff), and blues prodigy, Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. They can be purchased online at eventbrite.com, Father & Sons Clothier or at Novel Ts Shop. Details: 937-241-3867.