As in the past, Marvell's annual Main Street Fall Festival will feature a fund-raising concert to restore Levon Helm's boyhood home as a memorial and a museum.

Levon Helm's Down Home Jubilee will take place at the baseball park in downtown Marvell on Saturday, Oct. 21. The gates will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will get underway at 7 p.m.

As in the past, Marvell's annual Main Street Fall Festival will feature a fund-raising concert to restore Levon Helm's boyhood home as a memorial and a museum.

Levon Helm's Down Home Jubilee will take place at the baseball park in downtown Marvell on Saturday, Oct. 21. The gates will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will get underway at 7 p.m.

Levon Helm is perhaps one of the best known and most accomplished musicians to have been born and raised in Arkansas. Born in Elaine, Helm grew up in nearby Turkey Scratch. His parents were cotton farmers and great lovers of music. He began playing guitar at age eight and was later drawn to the drums.

As drummer and lead vocalist for The Band, Helm performed some classic lead vocals on such tunes as “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” He earned critical acclaim portraying Loretta Lynn's father in the motion picture “Coal Miner's Daughter.”

This year's concert will feature JR Rogers & The All Stars. Rogers is a veteran rock and roll musician, a former member of Sonny Burgess' legendary Pacers and a state legislator. Rogers is famous for his smokin' piano. He and his rocking All Star band promise to get the crowd on their feet with their combination of Southern rock and rockabilly music.

Admission is free. All donations will be appreciated and are tax deductible. Young's barbecue will be available. Bring your own lawn chairs.

Marvell's Main Street Festival officially gets underway at 10 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. However, a fun run and 5K run will get the day started for early birds around 8 a.m. The rest of the day will be filled with live music provided by local groups and soloists. There also will be free games for children, a silent auction and lots of fine food made by various groups and individuals from the area.

“Those who would like to donate items to the Silent Auction should call 829-1001,” said Barbie Washburn, president of the Marvell Civic Club, which is sponsoring the event. “We will be glad to pick them up, or bring them to the Marvell Water Department.”

The day will conclude with the Levon helm Down Home Jubilee concert.