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Alvin S
House of Lead Belly
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the project

Join us on a captivating journey into the life and legacy of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter with "The Midnight Special Experience." This groundbreaking multi-media presentation, hosted by Alvin Singh, Lead Belly's great nephew and lead archivist of the Lead Belly Archives, offers a truly immersive and enlightening experience for music enthusiasts and history lovers alike.

"The Midnight Special Experience:" brings together a curated collection of photographs, compelling stories, and an award-winning documentary film to offer an intimate look into the extraordinary life of this American music icon. As curator and digital media director of the House of Lead Belly archives, Alvin Singh has collaborated with renowned institutions such as Smithsonian Folkways, Grammy Museum, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and numerous universities and museums to gather an impressive collection that showcases Lead Belly's journey through time.

At the heart of this experience is the captivating documentary, "Lead Belly: The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll." Through exclusive interviews with influential musicians like B.B. King, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, and many others, this film offers an unprecedented exploration of Lead Belly's life and his enduring impact on the evolution of rock & roll music. Witness rare video footage and be immersed in electrifying live performances that capture the essence of Lead Belly's exceptional talent.

From his astonishing ability to sing his way out of prison to his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Lead Belly's story is one of unwavering perseverance, resilience, and artistic brilliance. This documentary weaves together cultural history and personal anecdotes to shine a light on the man behind the legend and his timeless influence.

By supporting our crowdfunding campaign, you become part of a movement that aims to bring cultural education, innovative content, and entertainment to the Northwest Arkansas region. Your contribution helps us continue collaborating with institutions and organizations to engage and educate the general public about Lead Belly's profound legacy.

Join us in celebrating the remarkable life and music of "Lead Belly in Arkansas." Your support will help us preserve history, enrich lives, and ensure that this influential icon's unmatched contributions are never forgotten. Together, let's make this journey come alive and honor the spirit of Lead Belly.

Our show is a fusion of folk, rock, blues, and historical music legacies, appealing to a diverse audience aged 25-65 who appreciate authentic, soul-stirring performances. With a track record of packing venues and leaving audiences wanting more, I am confident that The Midnight Special Experience will be talked about after experiencing.

the steps

This funding will host multiple special events in Northwest Arkansas highlighting his legacy in Arkansas.

Purchase marketing materials, implement an online marketing campaign, and pay artists to perform and entertain at our events in the region.
We are excited to announce our upcoming music showcase and film screenings in Bentonville and Fayetteville! Join us as we bring "The Midnight Special Experience: Celebrating Lead Belly In Arkansas" to the local venues and museum institutions.

why we're doing it

At the heart of our exhibition lies a simple question: Why do we do this? The answer is clear - we are driven by a passion for sharing American Roots music history, innovative experiences, and relationships to unify under a common banner of music, history, and entertainment.

From the archives of over 75 years, we have collected thousands of materials to tell a story like never before.

Key to our vision is educating the youth, which becomes the engine for positive change. Our goal is to create a vibrant environment where musicians can create, entrepreneurs can build ecosystems and creatives can learn.

Join us on this transformative journey as we work tirelessly to contribute to Northwest Arkansas's growth of innovation, artistic expression, and community engagement.


Space rental, marketing, food, etc to host several multimedia events about the legacy and history of American music icon Lead Belly.


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