The Delta Cultural Center is presenting two artists as part of the Southbound Music Festival on April 22 in downtown Helena. Singer/songwriter William Staggers will perform at the Miller Annex, 223 Cherry Street, from 2 to 2:45 p.m., and Rev. John Wilkins takes the stage from 4 to 5 p.m.

The Delta Cultural Center is presenting two artists as part of the Southbound Music Festival on April 22 in downtown Helena. Singer/songwriter William Staggers will perform at the Miller Annex, 223 Cherry Street, from 2 to 2:45 p.m., and Rev. John Wilkins takes the stage from 4 to 5 p.m.

Wilkins is fundamentally a bluesman in the North Mississippi Hill Country tradition who sings sacred lyrics and a spiritual country blues. The son of famed bluesman Robert Wilkins, he carries on the family blues/gospel/preacher/musician tradition.

Beginning in his early childhood Rev. John Wilkins was influenced by the musical traditions that surrounded him - heavy blues and gospel, soul, and rhythm and blues. While he grew up in Memphis, the family was exposed to the country blues of nearby North Mississippi. All of these musical styles impacted the music that listeners hear today.

A native of Little Rock, the multi-talented Staggers is a renowned singer, musician, and songwriter. A graduate of Little Rock’s Central High School, he has performed with artists such as Al Green, Isaac Hayes, and Albert King. He has also opened shows for The Four Tops, Peabo Bryson, B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Freda Payne, Tyrone Davis, Shirley Caesar and Comedian Rich Little, just to name a few.

There is a charge for the Southbound Music Festival, but performances at the Miller Annex are free and open to the public.

For more information, interested persons can call the DCC at (870)-338-4350 or toll free at (800)-358-0972 or visit the DCC online at www.deltaculturalcenter.com.