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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Announcing Bridging the Blues 2012


Since 2000 the Mississippi Delta region has enjoyed a blues renaissance, with the arrival of new festivals, venues, museums, and the Mississippi Blues Trail series of historic markers. In order to help maximize visitors’ experiences of the area’s blues riches, the “Bridging the Blues” project is bringing you America’s music by coordinating events over a ten-day period, from Saturday, September 29 to Monday, October 8. 

Established outdoor events anchor the two weekends, beginning on Saturday, September 29 with the Highway 61 Blues Festival in Leland, Mississippi, which celebrates blues heritage in the mid-Delta region. Then the world-famous King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, takes place from Thursday October 4 to Saturday October 6, with a lineup featuring both local legends and leading artists of the blues.

Juke joints, clubs, and casinos from Memphis down to Vicksburg will be presenting live music throughout the ten days, and visitors are encouraged to take self-guided tours throughout the region to visit the holy sites of the blues. Clarksdale, the home of many blues clubs, is hosting several street parties, while other cities in the region will include blues events as parts of downtown arts celebrations. Other events are scheduled before, after and between the festivals, at venues including the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, and the Hopson Plantation outside of Clarksdale, which hosts the annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming on Sunday, October 7. 

There’s no set schedule—just a lot of opportunities to make the most of your visit to the Delta.