Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival
11/12/09: Four Top Bands, including Cedric & Malcolm to play Sunflower Fest's fund-raiser Nov. 25
Press Release from the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, Panny Mayfield, publicist

Annual Thanksgiving Eve event set at Ground Zero Blues Club

CLARKSDALE - Pumpkins and pilgrims may inhabit many Thanksgiving stages, but at Ground Zero Blues Club, the Delta's best blues musicians are playing center stage Wednesday, Nov. 25, for the Sunflower River Blues Festival.

The annual Thanksgiving Eve fund-raiser features four top bands including 2009 Blues Music Award (BMA) winner Cedric and Malcolm; Howlin' Madd Bill Perry, Razor Blade, and Daddy Rich.

"It's a dynamite lineup, and terrific way to introduce family, friends, and holiday visitors to real Delta blues," agree Sunflower's three co-chairmen Melville Tillis, Maie Smith, and Laura Mayfield.

All four bands will be performing at the 2010 Sunflower Festival August 6-7-8 - an event ranked in America's Top 10 places to hear authentic music by USA Weekend.

"Free door prizes will be given to everyone paying admission," adds Sunflower member Chris Coleman.

Coleman and John Sherman promise many more blues freebies - festival caps, posters, t-shirts, and huggies to oldest, youngest, shortest, cutest, best dancers, guests traveling the longest distances, and other unique categories.

"It's gonna be a lively, fun night worth every penny of the $10 admission to enjoy four great bands," say Sunflower members.

Tillis says the party helps keep the Sunflower Festival a free event, Mississippi's largest and America's purest blues festival.

Another Sunflower special being offered is discounted VIP membership, according to Sherman, VIP tent chairman.

"Until May 1, VIP membership and weekend access for four guests to the VIP tent is reduced from $300 to $250," says Sherman .

The Sunflower Blues Association is a 501 c 3, non-profit organization

Cedric Burnside

Lightning' Malcolm

Howlin' Madd Bill Perry

Razor Blade

Daddy Rich