CLARKSDALE: 2017 Sunflower River Blues And Gospel Festival!


- 8/11-13, 2017 - 30th annual Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival in historic Clarksdale, MS,

Friday, August 11, 2017 Main Stage
6:00pm – 6:45pm Delta Blues Museum Band
7:00pm – 7:45pm Heather Cross: Heavy Suga & the Sweet Tones
8:00pm – 8:45pm Joshua "Razor Blade" Stewart
9:00pm – 10:00pm James "Super Chikan" Johnson
10:15pm – 11:15pm Natanial Kimble
11:30pm – 12:45am OB Buchana
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Acoustic Stage #1 Under VIP Tent
12:00pm – 12:45pm Pat Thomas
1:00pm – 1:45pm Steve 'Lightnin' Malcolm
2:00pm – 2:45pm Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
3:00pm – 3:45pm Lucious Spiller
4:00pm – 4:45pm Sharde Thomas & Rising Star Fife & Drums Band
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Acoustic Stage #2 Levon's
2:00pm – 2:45pm Deak Harp & Lee Williams
3:00pm – 3:45pm Kenny Brown
4:00pm – 4:45pm Terry "Harmonia" Bean
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Acoustic Stage #3 Cross Roads Culture Center
2:00pm – 2:45pm Bill "Howlin Madd" Perry
3:00pm – 3:45pm Hudson Davis
4:00pm – 4:45pm Robert Eskew
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Acoustic Stage #4 Stone Pony
3:00pm – 3:45pm Bill Abel
4:00pm – 4:45pm Watermelon Slim
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Acoustic Stage #5 Hattie Jean's
2:00pm – 2:45pm Leo "Bud" Welch
3:00pm – 3:45pm Little Willie Farmer
4:00pm – 4:45pm Louis Gearshift Youngblood
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Acoustic Stage #6 Hamborn Gallery
2:00pm – 2:45pm Stan Street & Guest
3:00pm – 3:45pm Cadallic John & Guest
4:00pm – 4:45pm Mark "Mule Man" Massery
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Main Stage
5:00pm – 5:45pm David Dunavent
6:00pm – 6:45pm Anthony "Big A" Sherrod Band
7:00 – 7:45pm Terry "Big T" Williams & The Family Band
7:45pm – 8:00pm Awards
8:00pm – 8:45pm Joshua "Razor Blade" Stewart
9:00pm – 10:00pm Big George Brock
10:15pm – 11:30pm Charlie Musselwhite
Sunday, August 13, 2017 Gospel Stage
4:30pm – 5:00pm Dianne and The Spiritual Angels
5:15pm – 5:45pm Ned & The Jonestown Crusaders
6:00 – 6:30pm The Sons of Wonder
6:30pm – 6:45pm Award
6:45pm – 7:30pm The Myles Family
7:45pm – 8:45pm The Eternal Light Singers

Expect a ‘living history’ Sunflower Fest finale

with Musselwhite, Jim O’Neal Sunday, Aug. 13

Bicentennial grant supports free ‘Conversations with Charlie Musselwhite’

CLARKSDALE – Although its extraordinary lineup alone earns drum rolls and fanfares, the 30th Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival celebration will showcase living history in a unique Mississippi Bicentennial program titled, “Conversations with Charlie Musselwhite,” says Melvita Tillis Presley, festival chair.


At 1 p.m. Sunday, August 13, blues guru Jim O’Neal, co-founder of Living Blues magazine, the Sunflower River Blues Festival, and research director of Mississippi’s Blues Heritage Trail, will be interviewing Musselwhite and swapping stories from decades of musicians that have made the Magnolia state famous.


Taking place in the Muddy Waters Wing of the Delta Blues Museum, the free program is made possible by a bicentennial grant to the Sunflower River Blues Association from the Mississippi Humanities Council and State Tourism.


Musselwhite's performance as Saturday night headliner on the main stage at 10:15 to 11:45 p.m. is being supported in part by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.