2012 Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival Lineup
(Subject to Change)
|Thursday, August 9, 2012 – Acoustic Blues – Grits, Greens, & Barbecue VIP Party – VIP Tent|
|6:00 – 6:30pm||Bill Abel and Cadillac John|
|6:35 – 7:05pm||Richard “Daddy Rich” Crisman|
|7:10 – 7:55pm||Terry “Harmonica” Bean|
|8:00 – 8:45pm||Steve “Lightnin'” Malcom|
|8:50 – 9:35pm||Lucious Spiller|
|Friday, August 10, 2012 – Main Stage – Downtown Blues Alley|
|4:15 – 4:45pm||Delta Blues Museum Band|
|5:00 – 5:30pm||Rick Burton Blues Band|
|5:45 – 6:30pm||The Sarah Metcalf Blues Band|
|6:45 – 7:30pm||Otis “TCB” Taylor Blues|
|7:45 – 8:30pm||Joshua “Razor Blade” Stewart|
|8:45 – 9:45pm||O.B. Buchana|
|10:00 – 11:30pm||Bobby Rush|
|Saturday, August 11, 2012 – Acoustic Blues – Main Stage – Downtown Blues Alley|
|9:00 – 9:30am||Arthneice “Gas Man” Jones|
|9:40 – 10:10am||Robert Belfour|
|10:20 – 10:50am||Eddie Cusic|
|11:00 – 11:30am||Pat Thomas|
|11:40am – 12:10pm||Jimmy “Duck” Holmes|
|12:20 – 12:50pm||Anthony “Big A” Sherrod|
|1:00 – 1:30pm||Sharde Turner & the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band|
|Saturday, August 11, 2012 – Electric Blues – Main Stage – Downtown Blues Alley|
|1:45 – 2:15pm||David Dunavent & the Evol Love Band|
|2:30 – 3:00pm||Heather Crosse: Heavy Suga’ & The Sweet Tones|
|3:15 – 4:00pm||Kenny Brown Blues Band|
|4:15 – 5:00pm||Terry “Big T” Williams & Family Band|
|5:15 – 6:00pm||Bill “Howlin’ Madd” Perry|
|6:15 – 7:15pm||James “Jimbo” Mathis|
|7:30 – 8:30pm||James “Super Chikan” Johnson & Fighting Cocks|
|8:30 – 8:45pm||Award Presentations: Early Wright Blues Heritage Award, Julius Guy Gospel Heritage Award|
|8:45 – 9:45pm||Charlie Musselwhite & His Blues Band|
|10:00 – 11:30pm||Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters including Grammy winning vocalist/songwriter Patty Griffin; guitarist/composer Justin Adams and West African acoustic virtuoso Juldeh Camara, who have collaborated with Robert Plant on special projects/tours; keyboard artist John Baggott; guitarist Billy Fuller; and drummer Dave Smith|
We welcome you to the 25th anniversary of our celebration that has remained FREE and open to the public since 1988 thanks to the support of our sponsors, patrons, VIPs, and members who are all volunteers. To join the Sunflower River Blues Association or become a patron, visit levels of support on our website.
Robert Plant to headline 25th Sunflower Festival
Multiple celebrities to perform include
Charlie Musselwhite and Bobby Rush
CLARKSDALE – When the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012 with a tribute to its hometown music legends, multiple celebrities and one of the world’s most famous musicians – Robert Plant – will be headlining the celebration.
The Led Zeppelin vocalist, solo virtuoso, and winner of five 2007 Grammy Awards for “Raising Sand” with Alison Kraus and 2011 Americana Roots Album of the Year winner for Band of Joy with Grammy winner Patty Griffin will be in Clarksdale Aug. 10-11-12, 2012, with an entourage of 10 to perform at the Sunflower.
“This is spectacular news,” says Melville Tillis, longtime festival co-chairman. “We have been in dialogue with Robert Plant for several months, and are thrilled he will be here.”
Tillis says that for more than a year, festival organizers have been planning a special anniversary weekend.
The news was announced over the weekend at a media announcement party at Ground Zero Blues Club of Clarksdale.
Performing on stage with Plant will be Grammy winning vocalist Patty Griffin; globally renowned guitarist/composer Justin Adams and West African virtuoso musician Juldeh Camara, who have collaborated with Plant on special projects/tour; John Baggott, keyboard artist, Billy Fuller, guitarist and Dave Smith, drummer.
Other celebrities booked for the festival are multiple Grammy nominee Charlie Musselwhite, winner of more than 27 Blues Music Awards and Entertainer of the Year favorite Bobby Rush.
Both Musselwhite and Rush have headlined the festival several times during its 25-year history, and more than 40 bands will be performing during the three-day event.
Plant, a blues historian, who recorded the album “Walking Into Clarksdale” with Jimmy Page in 1999, has visited Clarksdale numerous times, and personally funded Mississippi Heritage Blues Trail Marker unveiled on Thanksgiving Eve 2009 honoring Tutwiler as the Birthplace of Blues.
He also presented the Delta Blues Museum with a custom-designed plaque composed of miniature Led Zeppelin album covers and an engraved tribute to Delta blues musicians who influenced the famous rock band.
“Two years ago the Sunflower was ranked by USA Weekend’s Travel Edition in America’s Top 10 Places to hear authentic music,” says John Sherman, Sunflower’s VIP chairman.
Not only were Clarksdale and Coahoma County the home of early blusemen W. C. Handy, Son House, Robert Johnson, and Charley Patton, it was the stomping grounds of Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker, Ike and Tina Turner, Big Jack Johnson, and dozens more.
The first Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival was held in 1988 with three stages: on the banks of the Sunflower River beneath the Riverside Recreation Center; the open space between Delta and Sunflower Avenues; and inside the Thompson Center.
Headlining the first festival were Otis Rush and Son Thomas. Other performers included Boogaloo Ames, the Jelly Roll Kings (Frank Frost, Sam Carr, and Big Jack Johnson); Jessie Mae Hemphill, Jack Owens and Bud Spires. The event was filmed by Mississippi Education Television (ETV).
Staged entirely by volunteers, the festival has been free and open to the public since it was established. It has many patrons and partnerships including the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Rock River Foundation, the Delta Blues Museum, the Coahoma County Tourism Commission, Coahoma Community College, Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, 305 Spin Webmasters, and others.
The festival enjoys an official sister-city relationship with the International Notodden Festival in Norway that was established in 1996.
For updates, visit the festival website: www.sunflowerfest.org
Click here for the 2012 Levels of Support Form