Lineup Announced for 2017 King Biscuit Blues Festival

This year's lineup is full of exceptional talent including iconic artists, young up-and-comers, and an abundance of local performers as well. Audiences will not be disappointed!

Helena, AR – The artist lineup has been announced for the 32nd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival. This world renown festival held for three days on Columbus Day weekend every year is named for Helena’s beloved live blues radio program, “King Biscuit Time.”

This year’s lineup is full of exceptional talent including iconic artists, young up-and-comers, and an abundance of local performers as well. Audiences will not be disappointed!

The festival proper runs from Wednesday, October 4th through Saturday, October 7th. In addition to musical performances on multiple stages, many other events will be taking place during the festival. These include BBQ & Blues on the Levee, a 5K Run, and a Call & Response Blues Symposium.

The 2017 Lineup

Thursday, October 5th

Tab Benoit                                                     Headliner

Mississippi BigFoot                                            TBA

Sonny Burgess                                                  TBA

Sterling Billingsley                                             TBA

Chris O’Leary                                                    TBA

Rodney Block                                                    TBA

Joe Louis Walker                                               TBA

Friday, October 6th

JJ Grey & Mofro                                            Headliner

Dylan Bishop                                                     TBA

Tracy Nelson & The Bel Airs                                TBA

Reba Russell                                                      TBA

Nikki Hill                                                            TBA

Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets                       TBA

Paul Thorn                                                         TBA

Six Strings Andrew                                              9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Grace Kuch                                                         9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

D.R. Diamond & Birthright Blues Project                10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Carl “Stud” White                                                 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Spoonfed Blues featuring Mississippi Spoonman      12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Akeem Kemp Band                                         1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Leo “Bud” Welch                                             2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

C.W. Gatlin Band                                            3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Wampus Cats                                                 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Veronika Jackson                                            5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Big George Brock & His Houserockers with Renee Smith    6:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.

James “Taildragger” Jones Band                       7:30 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.

Saturday, October 7th

Warren Haynes & Gov’t Mule                        Headliner

Marcus Cartwright                                           TBA

Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Bob Stroger & Bob Margolin   TBA

Jack Pearson                                                   TBA

Bruce Katz                                                      TBA

Andy T & Alabama Mike                                   TBA

Larry McCray                                                  TBA

Deak Harp                                                     12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Libby Ray Watson                                          1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes                                    2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Rev. John Wilkins Band                                  3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

DuWayne Burnside Band                                4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Phillips County Community Choir                    4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Chris K.                                                        4:45 p.m. to 5:05 p.m.

Phillip Stackhouse Band                                 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Ready Boyz (Helena, AR)                               5:15 p.m. to 5:35 p.m.

New Life Singers (Lexa, AR)                           5:45 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.

Chicken Bone Reunion Band featuring Brotha Ric Patton      6:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.

Dixie Wonders (West Helena, AR)                 6:15 p.m. to 6:35 p.m.

Angelic Voices (Clarksdale, MS)                    6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Spiritual Keys (Forrest City, AR)                   7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

West Coast Blues Review with Fillmore Slim             7:30 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.

God’s Children (Memphis, TN)                     8:15 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.

Bob Holloway & The Southern Sons (Memphis, TN)           9:10 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Check back for updated information as it becomes available.

King Biscuit Blues Festival

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