The Appel Room

Bill Ferris: Voices of Mississippi

What to Expect

  • Live blues and gospel music played by Mississippi’s finest musicians, including Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, and Sharde Thomas.
  • Rare snapshots of a unique culture captured and curated by historian and folklorist William Ferris.

Voices of Mississippi is a new multimedia event celebrating the music, art, and storytelling traditions of the people of Mississippi. Based on the 2019 double-Grammy Award–winning Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris, the program features live musical performances by blues and gospel musicians including charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Sharde Thomas, Cedric Burnside, and Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars, integrated with film, audio recordings, and rare photographs captured by folklorist William Ferris, who will serve as host for the evening.

A historian with a proudly egalitarian lens, Ferris studied Mississippi as a slice of humanity in which everyone and everything was interconnected—and in which the beating heart of broader cultural traditions could be found in some of the most overlooked figures and places. From the 1960s through the 1990s, Ferris captured an invaluable archive of cultural and musical treasures, and much of that art and humanity will be shared in this unique concert experience.

With a broad array of blues, folk, gospel music, and spoken-word storytelling, Voices of Mississippi paints a powerful picture of a unique time and place that remains an essential piece of the American cultural fabric.

Visitor Info

Box Office

Broadway and 60th Street

Ground Floor



Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm

Sun, 12pm-6pm




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