Clarksdale, MS - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

24th Annual FREE
Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival

August 12, 13, 14
The 2011 Festival is celebrating the lives of our 'Sunflower Family' - musicians/artists/key contributors in our history for more than two decades until their recent deaths. James Alford, Michael James, Wesley Jefferson, Big Jack Johnson, Sarah Moore, and Foster "Tater" Wiley. [ Visit our site | Visit us on Facebook ]

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2011 - Main Stage

4:15pm - 4:45pm

The Delta Blues Museum Band

5:00pm - 5:45pm

Richard 'Daddy Rich' Crisman

6:00pm - 6:45pm

Deuce & Quarter Band

7:00pm - 7:45pm

Joshua 'Razor Blade' Stewart

8:00pm - 8:45pm

David Brinston

9:00pm - 10:00pm

Nathaniel Kimble


SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2011 - Main Stage

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Neicy Keyinessa

2:15pm - 2:45pm

Terry 'Harmonica' Bean

3:00pm - 3:45pm

All Night Long Band

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Dr. Feelgood Potts

5:00pm - 5:45pm

Terry 'Big T' Williams & The Family Band

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Tribute to Blues Legends

6:45pm - 7:30pm

Bill 'Howl-N-Mad' Perry

7:45pm - 8:30pm

Earnest 'Guitar' Roy

8:30pm - 8:45pm

Presentation of Early Wright Blues Heritage Award and
Julius Guy Heritage Awards

8:45 pm - 9:45pm

Johnny Rawls

10:00pm - 11:00pm

Dorothy Moore


Acoustic Stage #1


Arthneice 'Gas Man' Jones


Robert Belfour


Eddie Cusic


Pat Thomas


T-Model Ford


Johnny Billington and the Midnighters


Sharde Turner & The Rising Star Fife and Drum Band


Acoustic Stage #2


Mellow Blues Duo


Charles Fowler


Anthony 'Big A' Sherard


Lucious Spiller


Bill Abel & Cadillac John


Jimmy "Duck" Holmes


Kenny Brown


Terry 'Harmonica' Bean


Johnny Lowe Bow


Sunday, August 14, 2011 - Gospel Festival - Clarksdale Civic Auditorium

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Chris Coleman

4:45 - 5:15 pm

Edna Nichole Luckett

5:30 - 6:00 pm

Chapel Hill Men's Chorus

6:15 - 6:45 pm

The Myles Family

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Jamar Esaw Triad & Christ

8:15 - 9:15 pm

Evelyn Turrentine-Agee


Special Free Blues Events Open to the Pubic

At 10 a.m. Friday, August 12, there will be an unveiling of the Mississippi Trail Marker in the New World District at Messenger's Pool Hall, 133 Martin Luther King Dr.

At 2 p.m. Friday, August 12, A Walk of Fame Bronze Plaque honoring the late Big Jack Johnson will be unveiled on the sidewalk outside Red's Blues Club on Sunflower Ave. The event is sponsored by the City of Clarksdale and Coahoma County.

At 3 p.m. Friday, August 12, a memorial program paying tribute to six key Sunflower Festival figures: James Alford, Michael James, Wesley Jefferson, Big Jack Johnson, Sarah Moore, and Foster 'Tater' Wiley, will be held at Ground Zero Blues Club sponsored by the Rock River Foundation: Morgan Freeman and Bill Luckett.

(Time/location of the panel is subject to change)
The Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival is produced by the Sunflower River Blues Association - a 501 c 3 non-profit organization - composed of bi-racial volunteers - 50 percent African-American - 50 percent Caucasian - who donate their time and services all year to showcase the unique cultural heritage of Mississippi Delta blues and gospel music. New members are welcome to join and attend meetings at the Delta Blues Museum. Membership dues are $15 per year. Tax-exempt donations are welcome, needed, and may be mailed to the Sunflower River Blues Association, Box 1562, Clarksdale, Miss. 38614. Many thanks. For additional information, view



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