Year of the Blues

In recognition of the blues’ ongoing impact on music and cultural history here and abroad, and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of W.C. Handy’s encounter, the United States Congress has proclaimed the year 2003 as YEAR OF THE BLUES (YOTB). The year will be celebrated around the country by bringing together blues events, multimedia projects (radio and film series), concerts, festivals and education initiatives. Spearheaded by Seattle -based Experience Music Project (EMP), and the Memphis- based Blues Foundation, YEAR OF THE BLUES aims to raise awareness of the blues, its unique American stories, and its influence in America and around the world. For more information about YEAR OF THE BLUES, please visit Year of the Blues.