Selected Community Events


Big Bend Blues: A History of Legends & Jook Joints

Feb 7, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

The Southside Arts Complex, 2525 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fl
The Southside Arts Complex (SAC) in partnership with The John G. Riley Center/Museum, will debut its latest exhibit, Big Bend Blues: A History of Legends & Jook Joints. The Southside Arts Complex is located at 2525 North Monroe Street (in the Save-A-Lot Shopping Plaza) adjacent to the Big Bend Workforce Plus.

The opening reception is free of charge and will include light refreshments and performances by local blues legend, Sir. Charles Atkins, prose by Folklorist Blaine Wade, spoken word by Mr. Richard Miller of Black-on-Black Rhyme as well as a host of other selections by local jazz artists. The event is sponsored in part by Walgreens, Sam’s Club and the John G. Riley Center/Museum.

The Big Bend Blues exhibit will be open and available to the public beginning Thursday, February 7th until Thursday, February 28, 2013. The interactive exhibit contains over 50 historical photographs of musicians and local jook-joints that were popular sites for entertainment throughout the south during the first half of the twentieth century. Some of the Big Bend’s most beloved artist such as the Adderly Brothers, Lawyer Smith, Ray Charles and countless others who often received their first opportunity to play live music gigs, on what was often referred to as the “Chitlin Circuit.” Exclusive images on loan from the John G. Riley Center/Museum, the Bradfordville Blues Club, and the Florida Memory Project - an online searchable catalogue of over 170,000 photographs, 5,000 sound recordings and other digitized notable historical markers in the lives of ordinary Floridians (part of Florida’s Division of Library and Information Services).

The Southside Arts Complex (SAC) was founded by is a cultural hub for all artists. Our mission is to provide cultural exposure with an emphasis in rare African American art forms, training for youth and aspiring career artist, and opportunities for artist performance and art exhibitions, we believe that this project will serve to enhance the Southside Tallahassee community and create a dialogue for discussion and further education in our community and local schools.

General Admission to the SAC Big Bend Blues Exhibit is free; special exhibitions and other events may be ticketed. The SAC is open to the public Monday through Friday, 3 p.m.–7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. (except major holidays). The SAC is closed Sundays, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For general information about The SAC, call 850-597-9726 or visit
Portia Lundy,954-632-6996,