B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Count Basie were just some of the blues legends who performed at The Hines Farm Blues Club, an unassuming venue on State Route 295 in Swanton Township that became a legend in its own right.
There is even a book and a documentary about “The Farm,” both of which will be featured, along with a live performance, at a pair of free public events Feb. 25 and 26.
“The Blues, The Hines Farm Blues Club and Beyond 21st Century Blues with Skip McDonald AKA Little Axe,” will celebrate the rich history of one of America’s premier blues and rhythm and blues clubs of the 1950s and 1960s.
A collaboration of Bowling Green State University, Toledo Area Metroparks and WBGU-PBS, the two events tie in the history of blues music, the history of Hines Farm and blues music beyond this era, presented by Dr. Matthew Donahue from BGSU’s, Department of Popular Culture. Additionally, there will be a performance of 21st century blues music by native Ohioan and international blues recording artist Skip McDonald, also known as Little Axe.
The event on Thursday will be held at the Bowen Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University from 4-5:15 p.m. This condensed event will consist of a brief lecture on blues music, the history of northwest Ohio’s Hines Farm Blues Club and blues music trends beyond the Hines Farm heyday.
Additionally, there will be a performance of 21st century blues music by Ohio native and international blues recording artist Skip McDonald otherwise known as Little Axe. The event is free.
Friday’s event will be at Oak Openings Lodge from 7 to 10 p.m. The program is free put attendees are asked to register in advance at metroparkstoledo.com or by calling 419-407-9700.
It will be a lengthier program featuring the lecture, live performance plus a full showing of the WBGU-PBS documentary the Hines Farm Blues Club.
The events are sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Humanities, Metroparks of the Toledo Area, Volunteers in Parks, WBGU-PBS and Bowling Green State University’s School of Culture and Critical Studies, Department of Popular Culture, Arts Village, College of Musical Arts-Jazz Studies and Honors Learning Community.