2017 King Biscuit Blues Festival – Day 3

The last day of the King Biscuit Blues Festival...

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Helena, AR — The last day of the King Biscuit Blues Festival survived the 80% chance of rain without a drop!! Another full day of music up and down Cherry Street brought out the crowds for a family day of everything fried on a stick, socializing, enjoying friends, and blues on every block. The main stage had another stellar day of music. It was challenging to figure out where to go and not miss something. 

The day started with Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright, who has had this early slot each year as long as I can remember. Watching this highly talented and genuinely nice young man “grow up” on stage has been a joy. He was backed up by two legends – Bob Margolin and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith.

Bob Margolin, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, and Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright     Photo by Marilyn Stringer

Following Mookie was the full Kenny Smith Band, packed with Chicago talent. With Tom Holland and Bob Margolin taking over the guitar slots, Billy Flynn spent the entire set on harmonica, a rare treat. The band was rounded out by Piano Willie and Bob Stroger.

Kenny Smith Band     Photo by Marilyn Stringer

Later in the day keyboard master Bruce Katz performed at The Biscuit for the first time with his band.

Bruce Katz     Photo by Marilyn Stringer

Packing the stage, the Andy T Band, with Anson Funderburgh and Alabama Mike, added Bob Corritore and young talent Grace Kuch to close out the set and take a bow.

Andy T Band, with Anson Funderburgh, Alabama Mike, Bob Corritore, and Grace Kuch     Photo by Marilyn Stringer

The final two  performances were Larry McCray and Warren HaynesGovernment Mule. Warren brought out Larry and Bob Margolin for a big finale (not pictured). A wonderful ending to another great King Biscuit. See you all next year.

Larry McCray     Photo by Marilyn Stringer
Warren Haynes     Photo by Marilyn Stringer

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