Bentonia Blues Festival
Saturday, June 17, 2017
BACK at the Holmes Farm
313 Wilson-Holmes Road, Bentonia, Mississippi
Related events leading up to the Bentonia Blues Festival with live music at the Blue Front Cafe, the oldest juke joint in Mississippi, every evening from June 12-16
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The 2017 Bentonia Blues Festival will take place all day Saturday, June 17, 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 may apply), live music, and more.
The Bentonia Blues Festival is a unique dow-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 2017 Line-up TBA
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, the year that the festival was revived after a decade-long hiatus. Since that time, the festival has grown from an attendance of a couple hundred, to ten thousand in recent years, and 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 2016 Bentonia Blues Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 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 13th at the Blue Front Cafe in downtown Bentonia, Mississippi.
Join us for the Bentonia Blues Festival and related events in Bentonia, Mississippi!
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