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
2010 Emerging Artist Winner
2011 SBBS Battle of The Bands Winner
IBC Winner Lionel Young Band
Sterling Billingsley Band
Reba Russell Band
Room Full of Blues with Special Guest James Cotton
Lil Biscuit Band featuring Phillip Stackhouse
Spoonfed Blues featuring Mississippi Spoonman
Hubert Sumlin, The Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Band,
Anson Funderburg & The Rockets
KIPP Preparatory School
David Bernston “Blues in the School”
Little Joe: Storyteller
Last Chance Jug Band
Harmonica Lessons in the 6th Block
Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright
Ben Wiley Payton
The Peterson Brothers Band
The Matthew Davidson Band
Moreland & Arbuckle
David “Honeyboy” Edwards
Blind Mississippi Morris & The Pocket Rockets
Earnest “Guitar” Roy
The Stax Review – Eddie Floyd, Duck Dunn, Steve Cropper
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!