King Biscuit Blues Festival

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Country and Region United StatesArkansas
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Helena, Arkansas USA
Festival Contact Information

Munnie Jordan
King Biscuit Blues Festival
P. O. Box 118 Helena
Arkansas 72342 USA
Festival Office: +01 870-995-6569

Festival Description

The King Biscuit Blues Festival began in 1986 as a tribute to the blues roots of Helena, Arkansas and to the man at those roots—Sonny Boy Williamson. From 2002 to 2010 due to contractual obligations the festival had to change its name to Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival. In 2011 the festival returned to its rightful title of: King Biscuit Blues Festival.

“King Biscuit” music festival was based on Williamson’s participation on radio show King Biscuit Time. The festival organizers continue with their mission of dedicating the program to Blues whose participants have included: Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Billy Branch, Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers, Charlie Mussellwhite, Frank Frost, Sam Carr, and many more…

Festival Dates October 10 - 12, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2012:
  • Taj Mahal
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Bobby Rush
  • Billy Branch and Sons Of The Blues
  • Sterling Billingsley Band
  • Kenny Smith Band (with Bob Margolin, Ann Rabson, Bob Corritore, Little Frank, Bob Stroger, Clay Swafford and Jimmy Mayes)
  • Ernest “Guitar” Roy
  • Mississippi Spoonman
  • Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone
  • Kenny Neal
  • Wayne Toups
  • Cyril Neville
  • Andy T and Nick Nixon
  • Anson Funderburgh and The Rockets (with Kim Wilson)
  • David Berntson
  • Eddy Clearwater
  • Cleome Bova
  • Bernie Pearl
  • Don McMinn
  • Vasti Jackson
  • Carl Weathersby
  • Reverend John Wilkins
  • Reba Russell Band
  • the Cate Brothers
  • Fruteland Jackson
  • the Dixie Wonders
  • The Peterson Brothers Band
  • Big George Brock
  • Donna Herula
  • Eb Davis
  • James Cotton
  • Zakiya Hooker
  • Samantha Fish
  • Phillip Stackhouse
  • Austin Young
  • The Bell Singers
  • The Delta Blues Museum Band
  • Chris O’Leary Band
  • and many more…
Additional events 2012:
  • There are also many amazing street musicians, a full lineup of entertainment each day at the Miller Hotel Annex, Sonny Payne’s daily broadcast on KFFA, and numerous impromptu jams sessions at Big Red’s Blues Bayou, Bunky’s, and more. And of course the party moves to nearby Claksdale, Mississippi for the annual Pinetop Perkins Memorial Homecoming at Hopson’s Plantation.


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