Last night, organizers of the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena-West Helena announced the lineup of performers for this year’s annual extravaganza.
Thursday, Oct. 4, caps off with an energetic performance by a crowd favorite, Bobby Rush! He’s mesmerized crowds in Europe and Japan, but Bobby is always most “at home” when playing blues in the Mississippi Delta region. Born in Louisiana, Bobby moved to Chicago in the mid-50s, where he performed with the likes of Freddie King, Luther Allison and Earl Hooker. Rush has been performing all over the world for more than 50 years, but he shows no signs of stopping.
On Friday, Taj Mahal returns to the Biscuit. Taj first played “the Biscuit’ in 2010, and he personally told me that he couldn’t wait to get back. Born in Massachusetts, his father was a jazz pianist, composer and arranger of Caribbean descent, and his mother was a gospel singing schoolteacher from South Carolina. Both parents encouraged him to take pride in their diverse ethnic and cultural roots. And he did just that!
Bonnie Raitt recently released her 19th album. She comes from a musical family – her father was a Broadway legend and her mother an accomplished pianist/singer. While attending Radcliffe College, Bonnie’s love for the blues blossomed and she performed alongside legends such as Howlin’ Wolf and Sippie Wallace. She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame.
This year’s festival takes place on Oct. 4-6. In its 27 years, the festival has become known worldwide and visitors from across the globe flock to downtown Helena for three days of music, special events, food and fun!
For the full lineup, visit www.KingBiscuitFestival.com.