Bentonia Blues Festival
Saturday, June 16, 2018
at the Holmes Farm
313 Wilson-Holmes Road, Bentonia, Mississippi
June 11-15, 2018
Blue Front Cafe
Juke starts at 7 pm each evening
Live at the Juke includes performances by:
Bud “Dr. Who” Carson
Roosevelt Roberts, Jr.
Robert Connely Farr
Randy “19th Street Red” Cohen
Nico “Surubi” Mavrich
McKinney “Bluesman” Williams”
Arion “Baby” Bell
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The 2018 Bentonia Blues Festival will take place all day Saturday, June 16, at the Holmes family farm, 313 Wilson-Holmes Road just north of Bentonia, Mississippi on Highway 49 North. The event will feature food and arts & crafts vendors, RV, and tent camping (fees apply), live music, and more. The Bentonia Blues Festival is a unique down-home style festival that runs on juke joint time… Times and order of performances are bound to change a bit. Relax and have a great time with us as we help to keep the Bentonia blues alive!
Bentonia Blues Festival Line-up
Saturday, June 16:
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Terry “Harmonica” Bean
Anthony “Big A” Sherrod & The Allstars
Brother “Tito” Deler
Libby Rae Watson
Spend the night or the week at the Bentonia Blues Festival site! $20 for an RV overnight parking (no hookups). $10 for an RV day parking (no hookups). $10 primitive/tent camping per night. Admission to the festival is FREE! Parking on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the festival location is $2. Set up your shade tent on festival day for only $15!
About the Bentonia Blues Festival
The Bentonia Blues Festival began in 1972 on a farm, just up the road from the world-famous Blue Front Cafe, on land owned by the Holmes family. It was a tiny event, with only one D.J. and Walter “Big Daddy” Hood (“500 lbs. of Blues”) performing a capella. The location of the festival was moved into downtown Bentonia, Mississippi in 2006. Since that time, the festival has grown from an attendance of a couple hundred to ten thousand in recent years, prompting the festival to be moved back to the original location on the Holmes farm. The festival has attracted blues performers and fans from far and wide.
“When I started this festival in 1972, it was to help preserve the Bentonia style of blues, which is unique to this area. I knew then that it would be a great event, but I never knew it would be as big as it is now,” says Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, owner of the Blue Front Cafe and creator of the Bentonia Blues Festival. “The fact that so many people have become aware of this music and want to celebrate it every year with us here in Bentonia really warms my heart. Every year we have people here from a different country or state that’s never been before. The Bentonia blues is still alive, and it’s right here.”
The 2018 Bentonia Blues Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, and will be an all-day event back on the Holmes’ Farm at 313 Wilson-Holmes Road, Bentonia, MS! Additional events will be held throughout the week starting on June 11th at the Blue Front Cafe in downtown Bentonia, Mississippi.
Join us for the Bentonia Blues Festival and related events in Bentonia, Mississippi!
Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau