View Travel Guide Request Info

Savoring the Sounds of the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Historic Helena


Article follows the photos. Click on a thumbnail to view and download a high-resolution version of the image. Due to the large file size of the high-res images, they may take a few minutes to appear. You must be logged in to view the high-res images.

King Biscuit Bluesfest
King Biscuit Bluesfest
    Blues History at the Delta Cultural Center
Blues History at the Delta Cultural Center
       
 
Arkansas King Biscuit Blues Festival
Arkansas King Biscuit Blues Festival
    Arkansas King Biscuit Blues Festival
Arkansas King Biscuit Blues Festival
       
 
Arkansas King Biscuit Blues Festival
Arkansas King Biscuit Blues Festival
   
For Immediate Release
September 14, 2009
 
Kim Williams, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
 
The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism announced today that the 23rd Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival will be held October 8-10 in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. The Festival (formally known as the King Biscuit Blues Festival) is the largest blues festival in the south.
 
The Delta Blues…Southern Music at its Finest
 
The Annual Pilgrimage to the Arkansas King Biscuit Blues Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the banks of the Mississippi River. The event is known for its laid-back atmosphere and the throbbing, powerful wail of blues music wafting along historic Cherry Street.
 
This year’s Blues Festival features a variety of performers, ranging from the legendary to legends in the making. Sam Carr, Pinetop Perkins, the Cate Brothers, Anson Funderburgh, Dave Riley, Hubert Sumlin, Michael Burks, and Bobby Rush are all slated to appear. With over 25 performances scheduled from the main stage alone, the three-day festival is a musical paradise for blues enthusiasts from around the world.
 
World Class Fun for Just a Few Dollars a Day
 
Although the music is definitely the main draw, the festival offers much more. A variety of vendors are located along and around the festival area, offering items ranging from arts and crafts to festival food and drinks. The downtown area also offers a large selection of shops offering items from music and antiques to one-of-a-kind gift ideas. The event is one of the most affordable music events in Arkansas. Admission to the Main Stage area is $5.00 per day or $10.00 for a three-day pass. Admission is free to all other areas of the festival.
 
The Arkansas Delta
 
The Arkansas Delta is a region defined by culture…the people, the history, the food, and the landscape. But the heartbeat of the Arkansas Delta is the music…a never-ending rumble heard above the trials and tribulations of a region that has fought hardship and lived to see the next day. The nucleus of that heartbeat is the blues. The sound wraps around you. Come experience the journey of the blues musician – ranging from sadness to joy, agony to ecstasy, poverty to prosperity.
 
For more detailed information and a complete lineup for the 24th annual Arkansas King Biscuit Blues Festival, visit www.BluesandHeritageFest.com or phone 870-338-6583.

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & TOURISM
1 Capitol Mall, 4A-900 - Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 | 1-800-872-1259 or (501) 682-7777 (V/TT)
Copyright © 2014 Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. - Web Services by Aristotle Web Design
The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is in compliance with the Freedom of Information, Ar. Code Ann., 25-19-101 et seq.