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Remembering the Blues

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Joel Megginson can’t wait to share his love of the blues with the Rome community on March 9.

That’s the day he and several other local vocalists and musicians will pay tribute to some of the great blues legends of the past in an event that honors, entertains and educates.

An Affair to Remember is in its sixth year and brings together blues musicians and enthusiasts for an evening of music and fellowship.

“Joel’s dad heard about the event last year and mentioned that his son plays the harmonica,” said event organizer Willie Mae Samuel. “We’re so glad that he’s now a part of the event.”

Megginson said he plays harmonica as a hobby and as a passion and was in complete agreement with Samuel that the blues and blues musicians should be documented and honored.

It’s that appreciation for the blues that drives organizers of this year’s An Affair to Remember. The annual community event is a celebration of blues music. Organizers hope attendants will be entertained and educated by the live musical peformances planned.

An Affair to Remember, a black tie event, will take place at the Rome Civic Center from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on March 9 and will feature food, fellowship and live blues music being performed by local vocalists and musicians who have a passion for the blues.

“This year we’re paying tribute to musicians such as Little Walter, Howling Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Robert Johnson, Al Green, Lou Rawls, The Temptations and B.B. King,” Megginson said. “We’re going to be performing some of their music as close to the original recordings as possible. We’ve been rehearsing since January and the musicians are looking forward to it.”

He said there’s a universality about the blues that make the genre timeless and relevant today as it was when it was first created.

“And we’re standing on the shoulders of these giants,” he added. “We can go back and listen to this music and to the struggles and the strife but also the beauty and the joy of life and love. The message is no matter how bad things are, ultimately it’ll be ok.”

Samuel and Megginson hope community members who have any interest in the blues or in live music in general will attend. Local organization PERC (Peacefully Engaging the Rome Community) will be helping with the event.

Tickets are $30 and are available online at or by calling 706-622-7917.