Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

October 16, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pillsbury Theatre, 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, the Last of the Bentonia Bluesmen, with William Lee Ellis, guitar

Presented by the WashU Music Department


Join us for an evening with guitarists Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and William Lee Ellis as they trace the deep history of the blues in this interactive concert event. Holmes is known the world over as the most important living practitioner of the country blues tradition and as the proprietor of the Blue Front Café juke joint in Bentonia, Mississippi. At this concert, Holmes will be accompanied by William Lee Ellis, a fellow guitarist with an equally impressive pedigree—his godfather was the pioneering bluegrass musician Bill Monroe. Together, Holmes and Ellis will perform a selection of original songs and Southern standards. The concert will be followed by a Q&A session and a reception with refreshments. Hosted by Washington University voice faculty member Candice Ivory.

Pillsbury Theatre

Pillsbury Theatre

A recently renovated classic art-deco space, the Pillsbury Theatre features a terrazzo floor and a Steinway Piano. Seating up to 200 guests, this spacious room allows for a variety of layouts and uses. It is the perfect fit for a reception or small concert. Click for more information!