Call it the end of the summer blues or even the pre-blues, blues. Sandwiched somewhere in between is the 6th Annual Legendary Blues Festival. This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2, the weekend right before the Labor Day holiday.

Denise LaSalle, the queen of the blues, is this year's headliner.

Call it the end of the summer blues or even the pre-blues, blues. Sandwiched somewhere in between is the 6th Annual Legendary Blues Festival. This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2, the weekend right before the Labor Day holiday.

Denise LaSalle, the queen of the blues, is this year's headliner.

As usual, folks from Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi and elsewhere are expected to gather on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in historic downtown Helena to enjoy some fine blues music and taste some fine barbecue. Fancy motorcycles, a mechanical bull ride and some good natured competition for men and women also will be part of the day's activities.

“We're proud to offer a free community health fair in conjunction with the Lee County Cooperative Clinic as health and wellness as part of the fun that will be shared,” commented Debra Hester, media relations consultant for Force 3 Radio, which is sponsoring the festival.

The gates will officially open at 3 p.m. The music will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate. Tickets are available at the Right Touch and the Tobacco Shop in Helena-West Helena.

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LaSalle is a rhythm and blues and soul singer as well as song writer and record producer born and raised in Mississippi. Growing up she sang with local church choirs before moving to Chicago. She is expected to perform some of her greatest hits including, “Trapped By This Thing Called Love,” and “Mississippi Woman.”

Also on the lineup are Omar Cunningham and Billy Soul Bonds.

Cunningham is a well known independent Southern artist famous for such songs as, “The Right Woman,” and “Check to Check.”

Bonds has been a regional favorite in the “Deep South's soul/blues world for years with hits like, “Baby I've Been Missing You,” “Going Public With My Love,” and “Reverend Joe.”

Get out and end the summer on a blues note.