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September Preview Screenings in the Mississippi River Valley
A two-week tour of sneak previews with the filmmakers will begin in St. Louis on September 19 and end in New Orleans on September 30. This preview festival will travel to nine river cities onboard the River Explorer, a new riverbarge excursion vessel. These are the first public showings of the series, announcing the upcoming broadcast. Local organizations in each city have helped to organize the events, including members of the Mississippi River Parkway Commission, nonprofits, convention and visitor bureaus, and businesses. The screenings will include a Q & A with the filmmakers and live music. In addition to events on the riverfront, screenings will be held in a 200-seat theater on the barge and an expansive sun deck will be used for several open-air concerts. For more information, click below to jump to a description. Additional event:

St. Louis, Missouri
Sunday, September 20
The Tivoli Theater, The Missouri Historical Society and co-sponsor KTRS Radio host a sneak preview and panel discussion 2 - 4 p.m. at the Tivoli Theater. Panelists include: Director/Producer John Junkerman, Writer Elijah Wald and Musicians: Oliver Sain, Dwight Bosman, Jeanne Trevor, Prince Wells, and Tom Hall. This marks the finale of the successful Twighlight Tuesdays concert series, which presented six weekly River of Song programs in the spring and four upcoming programs in September (Sept. 1 - Sept. 22)
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Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
Sunday, September 20
The Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce, the Marina DeGabouri and Les Amis host a musical celebration with Dixieland Express performing at the Marina DeGabouri from 2 - 4 p.m.; Les Petits Chanteurs singing in the Lions Club Park from 4 - 5 p.m.; sneak preview 5:30 - 7 p.m. onboard the River Explorer in the Sprague Room (maximum seating 200); and blues and Cajun band All Over the Road, performing at the Marina DeGabouri from 7 - 9 p.m.
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Hickman, Kentucky
Monday, September 21
Hickman County Tourism Department hosts an evening of festivities, including a river front fish fry at 5 p.m.; preview screening from 5:30 - 7 p.m. onboard the River Explorer in the Sprague Room (maximum seating 200); and river front concert with the Boundless Love Quartet and local bluegrass musicians beginning at 7:30 p.m.
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Memphis, Tennessee
Thursday, September 24
The second half of the journey begins with live music in Handy park at 5:30 p.m. - free to the public; a night of music at The New Daisy Theater Cafe beginning at 7 p.m. The scheduled line-up is: Sid Selvidge, Riverbluff Clan, and Kelly Hurt and additional musicians to be announced. ($10 cover at the door.)
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Helena, Arkansas
Friday, September 25
The City of Helena, Main Streets Helena, and Arkansas Parks and Tourism host a sneak preview at the Malco Theater at 2:45 p.m. with special guest Sonny Burgess; a concert at the Sonny Boy Music Hall, with John Weston is from 3 - 5 p.m.
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Greenville, Mississippi
Saturday, September 26
In culmination of Blues Week, the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau and co-sponsor Mississippi ETV hosts a reception and screening at the Bass Auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Preview screening is from 7 - 8:30 p.m., proceeded by music from Eddie Cusick, and followed by more live music (musician to be announced). Additional hosts include the Greenville Arts Council and Planters Bank.
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Natchez, Mississippi
Monday, September 28
The Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau and co-sponsor Mississippi ETV host a screening, reception, and concert with Kenny Bill Stinson at the new Natchez Visitors Reception Center. Reception begins at 6 p.m., sneak preview 6:30 - 8 p.m. followed by music until 9 p.m.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Wed., September 30
A concert at Woldenberg Park on the riverfront with Henry Butler, Geno Delafose and Irma Thomas.
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Alton, Illinois
Thursday, October 1
The Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a 7:30 p.m. preview screening at the new Melvin Price Lock and Dam Visitors Center, live performance to follow with The Bob Lewis Family.
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