07/08/17: The 30th Annual FREE Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival
The 30th Annual FREE Sunflower River Blues and Gospel FestivalA Mississippi Bicentennial Event, the free Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, with a performance by the Delta Blues Museum Band on the Melville Tillis Delta Blues Stage and continues through O.B. Buchana's finale at 11:30 p.m.
Saturday's acoustic stage beneath the air-cooled VIP Tent on John Lee Hooker Lane presents musicians from noon through 4:45 p.m., and 5 additional acoustic stages will present musicians from 2 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. in air-conditioned settings: Levon's Bar and Grill, 232 Sunflower; The Crossroads Cultural Arts Center, 332 Delta; Stone Pony, 226 Delta; Hattie Jean's corner of Delta & Third; and Hambone Gallery, 111 East Second;
Saturday's Main Stage opens from 5 p.m.through the 11:45 finale with Grammy winner Charlie Musselwhite.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 - Musselwhite, who has been performing for 50 years will be interviewed by Living Blues co-founder and research director of the Mississippi Blues Trail Trail Jim O'Neal in a bicentennial lecture sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and State Tourism: "Conversations with Charlie Musselwhite" in the Muddy Waters Wing of the Delta Blues Museum.
The Gospel Festival opens at 4 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium and continues through the headliner, The Eternal Light Singers from 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.