It’s two days of fun and music in Helena-West Helena this weekend!
Start the weekend off with Live on the Levee on Friday, June 8. The concert series is a partnership between King Biscuit Blues Festival, Sonny Boy Blues Society and the Delta Bridge Project. The concert features music by Super Chikan and Front and Beale. James “Super Chikan” Johnson is a true Delta artist. His music mixes the blues with a number of different musical styles, including country, funk, and rock. His lyrics also come from a unique perspective, providing both humorous and serious views of contemporary life in the Delta. Front and Beale is a Memphis-based band with a repertoire of music from Katy Perry to Donna Summer to Otis Redding. The concert will be held at the Cherry Street Pavilion in historic downtown Helena from 5-10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at www.KingBiscuitFestival.com or at the gate. Food, beverages and merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.
On Saturday, June 9, historic downtown Helena is the site for the Delta Cultural Center’s 7th annual Mother’s Best Music Fest. The Mother’s Best Music Fest takes its name from a 1940s radio show on KFFA Radio, also home to the legendary King Biscuit Time radio show. Mother’s Best featured musical innovators from throughout the Arkansas Delta, including Doctor Isaiah Ross. Mother’s Best Music Fest offers an eclectic mix of musical genres from the Arkansas Delta, including blues, rockabilly, country and Americana. The music starts at 2 p.m. in the DCC Miller Hotel annex at 223 Cherry St. and includes performances by Tyrannosaurus Chicken, the Sterling Billingsley Band and Blue Mother Tupelo. Beginning at 5 p.m., the music moves outside to the Cherry Street Pavilion with performances by the Sarah Hughes Band, Jimbo Mathus and the Kenny Neal Band. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Delta Cultural Center at 800-358-0972.
It’s also Second Saturday in downtown Helena. The event brings local artisans, musicians, merchants, farmers and visitors together the second weekend of each month in downtown Helena. The event, held along historic Cherry Street, is a great opportunity for shopping, eating and exploring. Many of the businesses along historic Cherry Street participate and offer extended hours on Second Saturdays. You’ll find artists, musicians and craftspeople located along the street, playing live music or create a masterpiece in front of your eyes. Many of the participating businesses serve refreshments as well. Learn more by visiting www.HelenaSecondSaturdays.org or phoning 870-338-3300.