The first Arts Trail Marker honoring Bo Diddley, created by local artist Jimmy Webb, was installed next to the renamed Bo Diddley Pavilion near the McComb Railroad Depot Musem in downtown. The metal sculpture is based on an image (left) from Rolling Stone Magazine of Bo Didley performing live, December, 1970 in San Francisco, California.
The second Arts Trail Marker is at the corner of Summit Street and Georgia Avenue. This site honors VASTI JACKSON, a world-renowned guitarist and vocalist, living legend, Cultural Ambassador, Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, and Albert King Lifetime Guitar Award recipient. As an artist, Vasti is known for sweat-drenched, soul ripping live performances marked by some of the most stunning, and innovative guitar playing today. Vasti’s stellar vocals, fiery guitar, and stage presence captures the audience and leaves a lasting impression that celebrates the triumph of the blues, and the joy of rhythm that is soul satisfying to all that are lucky enough to experience his music. Jackson is a consummate performer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. From his early beginnings playing in churches, and juke joints in McComb, Mississippi on Summit Street, to festivals, concerts, and theaters around the world, Vasti moves effortlessly from blues, soul and jazz to funk, gospel, pop, and beyond. For more information, visit: http://www.vastijackson.com
The third Arts Trail Marker is a mural behind the renamed Bo Diddley Pavilion near the McComb Railroad Depot Musem in downtown. This image shows Bo Diddley with his Gretsch electric guitar, circa 1957 in New York City, New York.
The fourth Arts Trail Marker is a mural on the side of the old McLoghan Hotel at Front and Main Streets. It was created by the community in partnership with Pike School of Art – Mississippi and the McComb Beautification Committee during the annual Community Clean Up & Block Party. The logo #SmallTownBigDreams and other framing work was done by Tola Dear from Sweet’s Wicked Addictions Body Art.
The Arts Trail Markers project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency.
Questions? Calvin Phelps, Visual Arts Associate, (213) 924-3472, firstname.lastname@example.org