Bentonia Blues Festival

Saturday, June 20, 2020
at the Holmes Farm
313 Wilson-Holmes Road, Bentonia, Mississippi

June 15-20, 2020
Blue Front Cafe
Juke starts at 7 pm each evening

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The 2020 Bentonia Blues Festival will take place all day Saturday, June 20, at the Holmes family farm just north of Bentonia, Mississippi off 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 TBA

The 48th-anniversary Bentonia Blues Festival (2020) Schedule is TBA!

Check out last year’s line-up (below) for an example of what you can expect. We’ll update with 2020 information here as soon as it is available.

$5 parking on Saturday
$10 RV parking/$20 overnight
Please No Coolers

Saturday, June 15 at Holmes Farm, 313 Wilson-Holmes Road, Bentonia, Miss. (1PM – 10PM)
o Little Freddie King
o Eric Deaton Trio
o Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
o RL Boyce
o Terry “Harmonica” Bean
o Brother Tito Deler
o David Evans
o Lil Joe Ayers
o Pat Thomas

Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Blue Front Cafe (starting as early as 9:00a and lasting all day)
o 19th Street Red – Randy Cohen
o Roosevelt Roberts, Jr.

Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Blue Front Café (7PM)
o Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
o mike munson
o Brother Dege – Official
o RL Boyce

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Blue Front Café (7PM)
o Robert Connely Farr
o Brother Tito Deler
o Nicholas Wade
o Ryan Lee Crosby

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Blue Front Café (7PM)
o Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
o Roosevelt Roberts Jr.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the Blue Front Café (7PM)
o Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
o Arion BabyBell

Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Blue Front Café (7PM)
o Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
o BluesMan- McKinney Williams

 

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 2019 Bentonia Blues Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 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 10th 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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