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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, Clarksdale, August 8 - 10



The Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in Clarksdale was founded in 1988, and takes place in front of the Delta Blues Museum downtown. The event is free, and many fans bring their chairs to camp out on the grassy area in front of the main stage. The acoustic stage on Saturday is under a tent that serves as the VIP tent in the evening, located near the main stage.

This year's festival salutes Clarksdale blues legend Big Jack Johnson (1940 - 2011), who was the leading artist on the Clarksdale scene for decades. A group consisting of his former bandmates headlines the festival on Saturday. Friday night is usually dedicated to soul/blues, and this year doesn't disappoint, with Latimore of "Let's Straighten It Out" fame and Johnny Rawls, who was won both Blues Music Awards and Living Blues Awards for his music.


Friday, August 8, 2014 

Main Stage

5:00pm – 5:30pm Delta Blues Museum Band
5:45pm – 6:15pm Kingfish
6:30pm – 7:00pm All Night Long Blues Band
7:15pm – 7:45pm Otis "TCB" Taylor Blues Band
8:00pm – 8:30pm Joshua "Razor Blade" Stewart
8:45pm – 9:15pm Stone Gas Band
9:30pm – 10:30pm   Johnny Rawls
10:45pm –11:45pm  Latimore

Saturday, August 9, 2014 

Acoustic Stage
9:00am – 9:30am   Robert "Wolfman" Belfour
9:45am – 10:15am   Eddie Cusic
10:30am – 11:00am   Pat Thomas
11:15am – 11:45am   Lucious Spiller
12:00pm – 12:30pm   Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
12:45pm – 1:15pm    Leo "Bud" Welch
1:30pm – 2:00pm     Sharde Thomas & Rising Stars & Fife Drum Band

Education Program
2:00pm – 3:00pm Conversation with Family & Friends of Big Jack

Main Stage
3:15pm – 3:45pm David Dunavent & The EVOL Love Band
4:00pm – 4:30pm Kenny Brown
4:45pm – 5:15pm Heather Crosse-Heavy Sugar' & Sweet Tones
5:30pm – 6:00pm Terry "Big T" Williams & the Family Band
6:15pm – 7:15pm James "Super Chikan" Johnson
7:30pm – 8:30pm James "Jimbo" Mathus & The Tri State Coalition / with Special Quest
8:30pm – 8:45pm Award "Presentation of Early Wright Award"
8:45pm – 9:45pm Home Made Jamz Blues Band
10:00pm – 12:00pm  The Big Jack Johnson Band

Sunday, August 10, 2014 

Gospel Stage

4:00pm – 4:30pm W.A. Higgins Academy of Art Choir
4:45pm – 5:15pm Morning Star & Locusr Grove Mass Choir
5:30pm – 6:00pm Diane & The Spirtual Angels
6:15pm – 6:45pm Determined
6:45pm – 7:00pm Award ""Presentation of Julius Guy Award"
7:00pm – 7:30pm Chapel Hill Male Chorus
7:155pm – 7:45pm The Myles Family
8:00pm – 9:00pm The Gospel Four

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