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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jackson MS Hosts First Rhythm and Blues Festival

The first annual Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival will premiere on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on September 20 and 21, 2013.

The event will be a two-day music festival and will feature one of the largest collections of blues and rhythm and blues artists anywhere in the Southeast.

Headlining the two-day festival will be Five Time Grammy Winner Buddy Guy.

Musical artists appearing Friday, September 20 include: Mint Condition, Leela James, Urban Mystic, Dorothy Moore, Memphis Icebreakers, Jeff Floyd, The Jarekus Singleton Band, Mark “Muleman” Massey, Dexter Allen, Vasti Jackson, Lacee, Pat Brown and Eden Brent.

Artists performing on Saturday, September 21 include: Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Tab Benoit, Ruthie Foster, Mud Morganfield, Shakura S’Aida, John Primer, Johnny Rawls, Zac Harmon, Reba Russell, Homemade Jamz, Eden Brent, Vickie Baker, Patrice Moncel, Kenny Brown, Terry “Harmonica” Bean and Ben Payton.

“The festival line-up includes Grammy winners, blues challenge winners, national and international recording artists and many local music icons,” Wanda Wilson, President and CEO of the JCVB, says. “Jackson, with the most Mississippi Blues Trail Markers and our deep seeded history of blues culture and blues music, it just made sense for Jackson to finally have a blues festival.”

Friday general admission tickets are $25 and gates will open at 5pm. Saturday general admission tickets are $35 and gates will open at 1pm. A weekend pass good for both days is $55. All tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the Mississippi Coliseum Box Office.
Visit www.JacksonRhythmandBluesFestival.com for details. For more information on the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau click www.visitjackson.com or call 601-960-1891.

For more information about top events in Mississippi take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Mississippi