Great blues musicians often sing about sorrows they’ve lived through, from having bad luck in love to having too much good luck to write blues songs. Find triumph in tragedy with this GrouponLive deal to see Ben Wiley Payton play at the Oxford Blues Festival at the University Museum. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get a two-day package with a VIP performance for one (up to a $60 value).
- For $55, you get a two-day package with a VIP performance for two (up to $120 value).<p>
Each package includes:
- General admission to the festival on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21
- An exclusive performance by Ben Wiley Payton on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
- A meet and greet with Payton<p>
The third annual Oxford Blues Festival has attracted a lineup of some of the most revered names in Delta blues to the historic grounds of the University Museum and assorted venues around Oxford Square. Kicking off with a peek inside the blues industry, music photographer Dick Waterman joins headliners Jody Williams and Sam Mosely for a panel discussion inside the museum at 4 p.m. on Friday. A few hours later, Williams, the last surviving original member of Howlin’ Wolf, takes the stage to show off the blistering guitar skills heard on Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” and Billy Boy Arnold’s “I Wish You Would.”
After Mosely plays on Saturday, Ben Wiley Payton plays an exclusive show available only through VIP tickets. A noted blues historian who has taught at the Berklee College of Music, Payton has been a musical force in his own right since the 1960s, his rusty-hinge baritone soulfully recalling a bygone time. While singing his sorrows, Payton tenderly holds his Taylor GS guitar “Willie Mae” like a cat carries her kittens: by the neck as they wail mournfully. Festival guests have a chance to win their own ax while benefiting the Oxford Food Pantry: those who bring two canned goods to the festival will be entered in a raffle to win a guitar signed by festival artists.