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 22, 2020 - 3:51PM
Christy Bishop
@DavidCornDC Born in Clarksdale!! I hadn't realized. Clarksdale is the heart of the blues. I attended the Sunflower… https://t.co/CGG5wScMsy
Jan 20, 2020 - 10:06AM
🌹TENNESSEE JED🌹
Impossible to name one but I’ve really been enjoy John Fahey’s album “death chants, breakdowns, and military waltz”… https://t.co/ZcQri9ArqC
Jan 20, 2020 - 9:33AM
Richard Jerrett
@PattyArquette John Fahey's "Sunflower River Blues" https://t.co/pMis7pNe8S
Jan 18, 2020 - 7:06PM
WWPF Radio
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