It’s Official! The King Biscuit Blues Festival Lineup Announced!

(Marsha Ball and Paul Thorn perform on NPR’s eTown)

KBBF main logoThe 2013 King Biscuit Blues Festival has just been announced and tickets are now available for purchase at The festival takes place in historic downtown Helena on Oct. 10-12.

Thursday, Oct. 10, kicks off with a BANG with a performance by renowned slidesonny landreth guitarist Sonny Landreth. Landreth has released more than 10 solo albums but has also played and toured with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, John Hiatt, Buckwheat Zydeco, Little Feat and Mark Knopfler. He is scheduled to perform at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in New York, a gig he’s played three times previously. marcia ballMarcia Ball is Thursday night’s headliner. The Boston Globe described Marcia’s music as “an irresistible celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp-rock and smoldering Texas blues from a contemporary storyteller.” Marcia is a King Biscuit veteran.

Friday brings a band that is quickly becoming a Biscuit favorite, the Paul Thorn Band.paul thorn band large3 The guys have performed three times previously at King Biscuit and in February, played a sold-out concert for Helena’s Live on the Levee concert series. The band is the lead-in for Friday night’s robert crayheadliner, the Robert Cray Band. A member of the Blues Hall of Fame, Robert Cray has played alongside John Lee Hooker and Eric Clapton. He was the “uncredited bassist”  with Otis Day and the Knights in the cult classic, “Animal House.” The Robert Cray Band continues to tour and record, releasing their latest album in 2012.

James Cotton returns to the King Biscuit Blues Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12. Ajames cotton true blues legend, Cotton has played with all the greats, from Sonny Boy Williamson to gregg allmanMuddy Waters to Janis Joplin. And to think it all started with a 15 cent harmonica! Saturday’s headliner is rock legend Gregg Allman. A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. His distinctive voice landed him on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” list.

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8 comments on “It’s Official! The King Biscuit Blues Festival Lineup Announced!
  1. Alice Allbritton Johnston says:

    I definitely plan on attending! I’ve enjoyed several yrs previous!!! Love the blues!!!

  2. Steve Stepka says:

    The Festival was free and open to the public in the past. What happened??? I know it is expensive, but Helena always prided itself on being a free event! Oh well, Charge for it, I will probably stay home, I am at least twice as far away now. You seem to have some good headliners/Muscians that would attract people (including me), Good luck with the King Biscuit Blues Festival.

  3. Jim Antal says:

    heck Id pay to see any one of those on the menu.Attended my 1st biscuit last yr….gotta love paul thorn &the band

  4. Andy McWilliams says:

    The festival is still free, except behind that fence. You can still see the stage from the levee and from side angels free. That’s just the main stage. There are 2 or 3 others that are completely free. It cost $ to bring these artists to town.

  5. Shelley Vonheupel says:

    I have always loved going to the blues festival. Went 5 years in a row when I was a kid with my dad. I really miss it.

  6. Ann Collins says:

    I have a Blues festival book and it
    say’s Delbert McClinton would be there. What happened?

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