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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • New blues festival coming to town

  • It is a well-substantiated fact that the Delta is the home of the blues and the natives to the area simply cannot get enough of their favorite genre of music. Heck, you don't have to be a Delta resident to love the blues because hundreds of thousands of people from around the world flock to the area for blues concerts in Arkansas and neighboring Mississippi and Tennessee.
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  • It is a well-substantiated fact that the Delta is the home of the blues and the natives to the area simply cannot get enough of their favorite genre of music. Heck, you don't have to be a Delta resident to love the blues because hundreds of thousands of people from around the world flock to the area for blues concerts in Arkansas and neighboring Mississippi and Tennessee. Helena-West Helena will give birth to yet another venue for the blues come this Labor Day weekend. According to Raymond Simes of the Labor Day Weekend blues Festival Committee more than 10,000 people are expected to attend the all-new annual Arkansas-Mississippi Outdoor Legendary Blues Festival. “The music explosion is set to get underway Saturday, Sept. 1 and will feature some of the best blues artists in the business,” said Simes. The blues is known as the “Mother of American music.” It has transcended all racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups. Among the headlining performers will be Benny Latimore, Shirley Brown and Denise LaSalle. Latimore has over 30 hits including the legendary song, “Let's Straighten it Out.” Brown was nominated for a Grammy for her performance of her million seller, “Woman to Woman”. She wasn't quite through talking to her girlfriends with an answer with her follow-up hit, “You Ain't Woman Enough to Take my Man.” LaSalle is best known for her hit, “Trapped by a thing Called Love”. Many other blues artists will grace the stage during the event. “Each year, thousands of people support blues concerts each year in Greenville, Miss. Helena, Little Rock and Pine Bluff as well as Memphis,” stated Simes, “ and they still want more. Make plans now to attend this inaugural concert on the Cherry St. Pavilion. For more information, please call 870-572-7000.

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