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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Open Mic Nights at the Blue Front Cafe, September 25 - 30

Jimmy "Duck" Holmes and the Blue Front Cafe will host Open Mic Nights with Jimmy "Duck" Holmes and Friends 

Friday, Sept. 25
Saturday, Sept. 26
Monday, Sept. 28
Tuesday, Sept. 29
Wednesday, Sept. 30

7 PM - Until each night!

Enjoy FREE admission and live blues at the oldest juke joint still in operation in Mississippi - the Blue Front Cafe!

For updates visit the Facebook page for this event. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Vicksburg celebrates native son Willie Dixon's 100th birthday on Sunday, July 5

On Sunday, July 5 the Vicksburg Blues Society is presenting a concert  at the Vicksburg City Auditorium from 4 - 9 p.m. with Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child," Eddie Cotton, Jr., Bernard Jenkins, Zecheriah Lloyd, Bobby D. Benison, Bud "Dr. Who" Carson and Mark Doyle,Artis Brown, Ben Wiley Payton and London Branch, Kern Pratt and Denise Owen

Presentations by Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation and The Artie “Blues Boy” White Youth Scholarship Foundation.

Doors Open at 3pm.
General Admission $25 advance; $30 door
VIP Seating $50; VIP table for 8 - $320
VIP Table for Eight (8) $320
Concessions by LD's Kitchen

To purchase tickets go here - https://quick.crowdtorch.com/102647

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bentonia Blues Festival, Saturday June 20

This Bentonia Blues Festival takes place this Saturday in Bentonia, Mississippi. located between Jackson and Yazoo City. The festival is run by bluesman Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, who operates the historic juke joint the Blue Front Cafe, which has been in his family since the late '40s.  Holmes plays in the distinctive "Bentonia blues," which was made famous by blues pioneer Skip James. 

Jimmy "Duck" Holmes in front of the Blue Front Cafe.

10th anniversary of the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic -- June 26-27

The North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic salutes the distinctive traditions of North Mississippi, notably the music of elders including R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Otha Turner. Each year many of their relatives and former bandmates gather to celebrate and perpetuate the tradition.

The festival takes place at a rustic outdoor venue in Waterford, off of Highway 7 between Oxford and Holly Springs. There are also harmonica and guitar camps on the day before the festival.  Below is the detailed schedule of events

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Come help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas - October 7 - 10

One of the key events of Bridging the Blues, The King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a lineup that includes Bobby Rush, Taj Mahal, Jimmie Vaughan with Lou Ann Barton, Ruthie Foster, Paul Thorn and Lucky Peterson

In addition to the main stage, located across from the Mississippi River levee, are multiple smaller venues, including a gospel stage, a children's stage and the intimate Front Porch stage. There's also going to be lots of live music at the Delta Cultural Center along historic Cherry Street, where the King Biscuit Time radio show is broadcast every weekday -- it first went on the air in Helena in 1941!

The festival also hosts the annul Call and Response Symposium, a BBQ cook off, and a 5k/10k run.