26th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival Lineup Announced!

Kimberly J. Williams
The Biscuit is back…and the 2011 lineup has been announced! The festival celebrates 26 years this October and it’s STILL going strong! After a name change to the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival back in 2005, festival organizers announced this past October that the original name, King Biscuit Blues Festival, would return.

This year’s lineup features headliners Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton and Keb’ Mo’. You can see the entire lineup here on the newly launched KBBF website.

From its humble beginnings in 1986 (the crowd was estimated at 400 – 500), the festival has grown exponentially over the years, with the largest crowd to date numbering well over 110,000. There is a reason that the festival pulls people from nearby cities, counties, states and countries – the music. With five stages – the Main Stage, the Lockwood Stackhouse Stage, the Rising Biscuit Stage, the Gospel Stage and the Bit ‘O Blues Stage – music is the undisputed champion of the festival…but there’s so much more! Arts and crafts, amazing and interesting food, a blues symposium, 5K and 10K runs, a barbecue cooking contest, and a special area for children can also be found at the event.

Located along the Mississippi River levee in historic downtown Helena, the King Biscuit Blues Festival encompasses the majority of six blocks. The historic streets of the town, once walked by blues legends Robert Lockwood Jr., Sonny Boy Williamson and Chester “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett, are lined with food and craft vendors and street performers. But the main draw is still the music, that’s for sure!

The new festival website, www.KingBiscuitFestival.com, went live after yesterday’s announcement party. Tickets are now available for the festival at an “early bluebird” rate of $25 for all three days.

The 26th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival will be held October 6-8 in historic downtown Helena. If you’ve never been to the KBBF, you should make plans for this year. It’s an unforgettable experience!

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