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MS/AR/LA 30th Annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival
August 12 @ 8:00 am - August 13 @ 5:00 pm| free
For immediate release with thanks from the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, Panny Mayfield, publicist, email@example.com
Six cool Sunflower acoustic stages will ‘Beat the Heat’
CLARKSDALE – “When temperatures soared to 105 degrees in August 2016, our Sunflower River Blues Association members pledged to do something about it for 2017,” says Melvita Tillis Presley, festival chair.
“The answer was more Saturday afternoon acoustic stages in air-conditioned facilities,” Presley continues.
Saturday’s six free acoustic stages on August 12 include:
1. The air-cooled VIP Tent, John Lee Hooker Lane: 12 noon – 4:45 p.m.
2. Levon’s Bar and Grill, 232 Sunflower Ave.: 2 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
3. Crossroads Cultural Arts Center, 332 Delta Ave.: 2 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
4. Stone Pony, 226 Delta Ave.: 2: p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
5. Hattie Jean’s, Corner of Delta and Third Ave.: 2 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
6. Hambone Gallery, 111 East Second St.: 2 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
The Sunflower’s Saturday Aug. 12 main stage kicks off at 5 p.m. with David Dunavant & continues through Charlie Musselwhite’s finale at 11:45 p.m.
Presley says Friday night’s main stage Aug. 11 opens at 6 p.m. and continues through back-to-back super-charged performers: James Super Chikan Johnson, Nathaniel Kimble, and O.B. Buchana.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 a free Mississippi Bicentennial program “Conversations with Charlie Musselwhite” will feature blues guru Jim O’Neal interviewing the Grammy winning headliner in the Muddy Waters Wing of the Delta Blues Museum.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, the free Sunflower River Gospel Festival opens in the air-conditioned Civic Auditorium and continues through 8:45 p.m. with The Eternal Light Singers.
For updates and complete lineups, view www.sunflowerfest.org
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