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When and Where The King-Biscuit-Blues-Festival usually takes place in early October. In 2011 this festival takes place from October 6-8th. This 2 day American blues music festival takes place in downtown Helena Arkansas.

What to expect This is Americas premier blues festival event set along the banks of the Missisipi river. There's lots of great stalls and markeys around this festival but for sure it's about the music and emerging American Blues acts get great airplay. Expect a lot of tributes in 2009 to the late great Sam Carr, son of the legedary Robert Nighthawk.

Where to stay If it's a bit o' a journey for you then you can find accommodation in Arkansas available for the King Biscuit Blues Music Festival here

King Biscuit Blues Line-Up 2011

6th October

2010 Emerging Artist Winner

2011 SBBS Battle of The Bands Winner

IBC Winner Lionel Young Band

Sterling Billingsley Band

Mike Zito

Reba Russell Band

Roy Rogers

Room Full of Blues with Special Guest James Cotton

Buddy Guy

7th October

Andy Coats

Sherrie Williams

Don Nix

Lil Biscuit Band featuring Phillip Stackhouse

Larry Garner

Spoonfed Blues featuring Mississippi Spoonman

Hubert Sumlin, The Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Band, Bob Margolin

Gwen White

Michael Burks

Wampus Cats

Anson Funderburg & The Rockets

Don McMinn

Paul Thorn

John Mooney

Delbert McClinton bio

Bobby Rush

8th October

KIPP Preparatory School

Stacy Mitcheart

T-Model Ford

David Bernston “Blues in the School” Little Joe: Storyteller Last Chance Jug Band KIPP Guitars

Harmonica Lessons in the 6th Block

Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright

Kirk Fletcher

Ben Wiley Payton

The Peterson Brothers Band

Hamilton Loomis

Lonnie Shields

The Matthew Davidson Band

Matt Schofield

Homemade Jamz

Moreland & Arbuckle

David “Honeyboy” Edwards

Blind Mississippi Morris & The Pocket Rockets

Tommy Castro

Earnest “Guitar” Roy

The Stax Review – Eddie Floyd, Duck Dunn, Steve Cropper

Cedric Burnside

Keb' Mo' bio

Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues

Getting there Flights to any airport in America are available to book here.

Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival History

The first blues festival (one day event) was held in 1986 and consisted of local residents on a flatbed truck as a stage. The festival has grown to a three-day event, with three stages and several activities like the Blues in Schools program, the Kenneth Freemyer 5K Run, and the Tour da’ Delta bicycle tour. This blues music festival has endured a few headaches regarding the name rights and now would like to be referred to as the "Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival" but some names just don't stick!

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