Photos from the Sunflower Art Unveiling

Sunflower River Blues Association co-chairmen Melville Tillis (left), John
Sherman, and artist Cristen Barnard show off Barnard’s distinctive artwork
commemorating the festival’s 20th anniversary year at an unveiling at the
Delta Blues Museum Thursday, July 19. The unveiling also marked the opening
of the museum’s special exhibit celebrating the association’s 20-
year-history. The unveiling and reception were followed by an awesome party
at Ground Zero Blues Club hosted by the Sunflower River Blues Association
featuring live music by the Booter T. Blues Band. The association sold
t-shirts and caps featuring the 20th anniversary design.
Appauding Cristen Barnard’s painting commemorating the Sunflower River Blues
and Gospel Festival’s 20th anniversry are (from left) the artist Cristen
Barnard; festival co-chairmen Melville Tillis and John Sherman; Delta Blues
Museum director Shelley Ritter; and Yvonne Stanford, festival secretary and
museum trustee and her grandchildren.
Entertaining the crowds attending the unveiling reception at the Delta Blues
Museum are (from left) guitarist Daddy Rich, and Bob Kimbrough, museum
staffer and harmonica artist.
Jay’ e Hammer, lead singer of the Booker Blues Band, kicks the tempo up
several notches at the Sunflower River Blues Association’s party at Ground
Zero Blues Club.
Instant hits, the Booker Blues Band musicians loaded with talent will appear
on the main stage of the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival Aug.
The Booker Blues Band diva continues the pace drawing crowds to the dance
floor at Ground Zero Blues Club.