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Blues Fest   

Apr/29/2011 - May/01/2011
Location: Downtown Natchez & Vidalia Riverfront

Friday, April 29th, festivities begin at 5:00pm, in front of the Natchez Grand Hotel on Broadway at Main Street in Downtown Natchez. The festivities will kick off a 3-day tribute honoring the Ealey Brothers who have influenced generations of fine musicians in the MisssLou. Two bands will perform on the UMB STAGE and the music is free and open to the public. The festival will be enhanced by the 5th Annual SPRING MARKET ON THE MISSISSIPPI, 50+ vendor booths with everything from food, arts, crafts, merchandise, games and much more surrounding the UMB STAGE Friday & Saturday along Broadway. After 7:30pm drop in on a number of performances at SELECT CLUBS around downtown Natchez. The N.A.P.A.C. Museum has a permanent art exhibit dedicated to the NATCHEZ BLUFF BLUES FEST and will be open all weekend for Visitors to stop in and experience.

Saturday April 30th, 9 acts will perform on the UMB STAGE starting at 10:00am and lasting till around 7:30pm, paying tribute to the first family of Natchez Blues, the Ealey Brothers. At 5:30pm the MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL MARKER in their honor will be unveiled at the event site. The Talent performing on the UMB STAGE during the festival will include “YZ” Ealey & the Natchez Bluff Blues Band, Hezekiah Early, Little Poochie, Harvey Knox, Tommy Polk, Grey Montgomery, Maggie Brown, Stan Smith, Alvin Shelby & the Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir, Changed, Digital Church, Apostle's Creed, Last Band Standing, 20/20, Wedding Crashers, Vintage Jazz Band, and the Blue Haired Mafia. Saturday Night, SELECT CLUBS.

SELECT CLUBS include; The Natchez Manor, Grand Soleil, Pearl Street Pasta, Doc BigLove’s, Corner Bar, Club 601, Biscuits & Blues, Under-the-Hill-Saloon & Eola Bar & Grill. CLUB & BRUNCH TALENT will include; Li’l Jimmy Reed, Toni O. & Blue Haze, Vintage Jazz Band, Brian Silvis, Donna Schasser, Ronnie Cox & Blues Bayou, Mojo Mudd, Maggie Brown, Darnell Sullivan & 1st Degree, W.J. Squall, Barefoot Tendencies, and more.

Sunday, May 1st, make reservations for a Blues Brunch in Downtown Natchez at The Natchez Manor, Eola Hotel, Biscuits & Blues or Club 601 and Under-the-Hill Saloon, each featuring regional recipes served up with “The Blues” starting at 11:00am. At 1:00pm, join us for Mayor Hyram Copeland's Blues Picnic on the Vidalia Riverfront featuring the Free Music of Mojo Mudd served up with a $10 Bowl of Red Beans & Rice and a Drink. This 3-day festival celebrating the Ealey Brothers and their contribution to the Granddaddy of all modern music promises to bring folks together across all lines, manmade or natural to experience the influence of one of Mississippi’s most valuable natural resources... THE BLUES. (Talent subject to change)

Friday April 29th
-5:00pm till 7:30pm Free Admission to the BROADWAY BLUES BASH and SPRING MARKET ON THE MISSISSIPPI in front of the Natchez Grand Hotel on Broadway at Main Street.

-8:00pm till, the music continues at SELECT CLUBS all around Downtown Natchez.

Saturday April 30th
-10:00am till 7:30pm, Free Admission to SPRING MARKET, 50+ Vendors on Broadway in Downtown Natchez.

-10:00am till 7:30pm, UNITED MISSISSIPPI BANK STAGE on Broadway at Main Street, Free Music all day long.

-5:30pm, the Unveiling of the EALEY BROTHERS’ MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL MARKER on Broadway.

-8:00pm till, the SELECT CLUBS start up again all around Natchez.

Sunday May 1st
-11:00am till, BLUES BRUNCHS, Natchez Manor, Eola Hotel, Club 601, Under-The-Hill Saloon and Biscuits & Blues.

-1:00pm till 3:00pm, Free Admission, MAYOR HYRAM COPELAND’s BLUES PICNIC on the Vidalia Riverfront.

Sponsored by:
UNITED MISSISSIPPI BANK, City of Vidalia, Entergy, Cable One, Fox 48, Natchez Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, Natchez TV, Phat River Studios,The Markets, Dr. Borum/Family Health Clinic, Pepsi Cola, Bluff City Post, Hampton Inn & Suites, KQID, WTYJ/WMIS,
Southwest Broadcasting-WAKH /WAZA /WAKK /WFCG /WAPF, N.A.P.A.C., Stan’s Rock & Roll, Law Offices of Akers & Bobo, Natchez Manor, Grand Soleil, Corner Bar, Under-The-Hill-Saloon, Pearl St. Pasta, Eola Bar & Grill, Biscuits & Blues, Club 601 and Doc BigLove’s

Established to educate people about the rich Blues heritage of Natchez and the surrounding area, the Natchez Blues Heritage Association, Inc., is a 501(c) 3, Not-For-Profit Corporation. Proceeds will go toward educational materials and future events, which further their goals.

Contact: Eric Glatzer
Phone: 601-660-2792

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