Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival
08/15/16: Sunflower River Fest is a ‘cool’ international success

       CLARKSDALEA break in triple-digit temperatures with only a few sprinkles welcomed an international crowd enjoying the 29th Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival and its four days of exceptional music culminating in a grand finale overflowing the Civic Auditorium Sunday night.

 

   “It’s very powerful, emotional,” commented visitors who had never before attended a gospel celebration of such magnitude.

 

   Attending the entire festival were large groups of music fans from Austria, Spain, Italy, Australia, Japan, and many sections of the United States.

 

   On Saturday three cool and separate acoustic stages were packed with music fans cheering master musicians and a unique program featuring Super Chikan Johnson displaying and playing his handmade bejeweled instruments with a running “barnyard” commentary.

 

 Impromptu dancing accompanied almost every event.

 

Paul Wilson, owner of WROX Radio and Saturday’s main stage MC, honored with the Early Wright Blues Heritage Award, was surprised and eloquent with his acceptance speech.

 

  Special patrons honored on stage for their primary support of the festival were Hal Ponte, president of HPI, LC , and four officials of his company: Martin Marsh, Mike Strathdee, Craig Marsh, and Tom Levitz, all of Houston, Tex.

   John Sherman and Melvita Tillis, festival co-chairs, promise the festival’s 30th anniversary  Aug. 11, 12, 13, 2017, will be spectacular. 





Jan 19, 2019 - 4:30PM
Christian B
#JohnFahey live 1974 San Francisco "Sunflower River Blues / Revolt of the Dyke Brigade / Requiem... https://t.co/PEIRRJZO7q via @YouTube
Jan 19, 2019 - 7:02AM
Jim Madsen
Going there this summer for the Sunflower River Blues Festival. Wish I could be there for the stone festival as wel… https://t.co/K0DxHsqqBs
Jan 13, 2019 - 1:12PM
WTUL
Just played: Sunflower River Blues - John Fahey - Visions of the Blues(Oxford American)
Jan 12, 2019 - 3:47PM
Christian B
"Sunflower River Blues"/"Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt" by John Fahey https://t.co/VXE0GXiaSs via @YouTube
Jan 12, 2019 - 3:42PM
Christian B
"sunflower river blues" john fahey @ the new varsity https://t.co/v1XmdJUc9z via @YouTube