Cul­ture Fest at Chat­tanooga Mar­ket among 16 op­tions for fall fes­ti­val fun this week.

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Self- de­scribed as “an or­ganic pub­lic in­tel­lec­tual bluesol­o­gist,” Clark “Dea­con­bluz” White and his Holysmoke Band’s lively take on tra­di­tional blues mu­sic will have the au­di­ence danc­ing at the Le­vitt Amp con­cert tonight, Oct. 4, at Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter.

The band deli ghts au­di­ences with its eclec­tic fu­sion of blues, zy­deco and old-school R&B.

Grow­ing up, White was en­cour­aged by his fam­ily to share his love of mu­sic, mak­ing his first tele­vised mu­si­cal per­for­mance at age 5 when he sang “The Yel­low Rose of Texas” clad in a cow­boy out­fit at WDEF’s stu­dios.

Through­out his child­hood, his par­ents stressed the im­por­tance of higher learn­ing, which in­spired him to at­tend Morehouse Col­lege in At­lanta and later to earn his Ph.D from Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity, as well as pur­su­ing post-doc­toral work at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity.

All the while, though, he says he “al­ways knew that mu­sic, in some form or fash­ion, would play a vi­tal role in life.”

Dea­con­bluz and The Holysmoke Band have per­formed at River­bend Fes­ti­val, Na­tional Black Arts Fes­ti­val in At­lanta, Philadel­phia African-Amer­i­can Mu­seum and DeKalb County Blues and Jazz Fes- tival in De­catur, Ge­or­gia.

White is cur­rently the di­rec­tor of pro­gram­ming and a pro­ducer of the an­nual Blues in the Knob fes­ti­val. He has served as a vis­it­ing scholar at the WEB DuBois Cen­ter for African-Amer­i­can Stud­ies at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and the Delta Cul­tural and Re­search Cen­ter at Mis­sis­sippi Val­ley State Uni­ver­sity.

As a na­tion­ally known speaker, con­sul­tant and blues mu­sic ed­u­ca­tor, White has taught at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity, Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity, North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity, Brown Uni­ver­sity and Morehouse Col­lege.


Clark “Dea­con­bluz” White and the Holy Smoke Band

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