Sunday April 27, 2014
Event Information
Section: Arts
Essie Mae Brooks

When: April 27, 2014
02:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where: Mars Theatre
Phone: 912-754-1118
Address: 109 S. Laurel Street
Springfield, GA 31329
Cost: $15

Description: Tickets: $15 Doors open 1 hr prior to showtime Essie Mae Brooks will be the first in a series of concerts that will present artists from the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Music Maker Relief Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of the Blues gain recognition and meet their day-to-day needs. Essie Mae Brooks is a powerhouse gospel singer born in 1930 in Houston County, Georgia. Music Maker helped Essie Mae obtain a passport, rebuild the outside of her house, and pay utility bills. Additionally, Music Maker recorded Essie Mae’s two CDs and assisted her in setting up tours throughout Europe, including performing at the Cognac Blues Festival. Essie Mae is featured in the book Music Makers: Portraits and Songs from the Roots of America (2004). Her father was a great drummer in the nearly forgotten African-American tradition called “Drumbeat.” He would play the drum every weekend and people would gather and dance all night long. Her grandfather was a harmonica player and Essie started singing to accompany him. She began singing and writing gospel songs as a girl and has never stopped.


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