Charles McPherson Returns to Joplin Next Week

(Joplin, MO) – Join us next week for this multi-event homecoming celebration! Charles McPherson, world-renowned jazz musician and Joplin native, will visit Joplin February 18–19, 2022, for a series of events, including a ticketed fundraiser performance and a free, public performance. Please see below for details about each event.

McPherson was born in Joplin and moved to Detroit at the age of nine, where he studied with renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. From there, McPherson’s career would take off, expanding rapidly and taking him to concert venues, festivals, orchestras, and jazz halls across the globe. Having played with some of the best groups and artists that the jazz industry has to offer, McPherson has become a highly revered saxophonist whose work continues to astound and impress.

Homecoming Celebration (Fundraiser Performance): Friday, February 18, 2022 | 7:00 pm | Joplin Empire Market | $55

This exclusive event benefits the creation of a Black History Mural featuring Charles McPherson, Langston Hughes, and other prominent Black artists who performed in Joplin or have made an impact on our community. Ticket includes a performance by Charles McPherson and his band; special father/daughter duet performance with ballerina Camille McPherson; meet-and-greet with the artists; catered dinner from Hackett Hot Wings; and the unveiling of the Black History Mural design (with Kansas City-based artist Alexander Austin). A cash bar will be available throughout the event. Buy tickets here and check out the Facebook page here.

The Journey Home (Free Performance): Saturday, February 19, 2022 | 7:00 pm | Central Christian Center

Renowned jazz musician Charles McPherson returns to his hometown of Joplin, Missouri for a free performance at Central Christian Center and you’re invited! Make your free reservation today and hear McPherson perform on Saturday, February 19. Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended for this free performance! Reservations can be made here. Find all the details on the event Facebook page here.

At the request of the artist, additional COVID-19 safety protocols have been put in place for Mr. McPherson’s visit. Those who do not adhere to these stated protocols will not be permitted — no exceptions.

All attendees 12 and older are required to provide ONE of the following to be admitted into either performance:

  1. Proof of full vaccination (final dose received at least two weeks before the show). Vaccination cards, printed copy of vaccination cards, or photo on mobile device will be accepted.
  2. OR Printed and dated proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic (PCR or antigen) test taken within 72 hours to attend.

Additional COVID protocols:

  • Children age 11 and younger can attend with printed and dated proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entry.
  • All patrons will also be required to wear a mask while inside the venue(s) unless actively eating or drinking.

Charles McPherson: The Journey Home is a collaboration between Connect2CultureLangston Hughes Cultural SocietyThe Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of JoplinPost Art LibraryPro MusicaSpiva Center for the Arts, and Visit Joplin.

About Connect2Culture:

Connect2Culture (C2C) is a not-for-profit arts organization founded in 2009 to enhance community through culture. Unlike any organization in the Joplin area, C2C is a respected community arts agency, a champion of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, and a performing arts presenter. C2C strives to expand audience and resources needed to “ignite a passion for the arts, culture, and entertainment” in the Joplin area.


Emily Frankoski

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