from left to right: Jason Fratesi, Rob Mortimer, Steve Azar, and Will Coppage, the keyboard player for Goofy Boots. Photo by Warren Hines

Bridging the Blues' Mighty Mississippi Music Festival Announces Lineup

Downtown Greenville, Mississippi was buzzing yesterday evening with the announcement of yet another world class line-up of entertainers for the third annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival.

IMGP1571Downtown Greenville, Mississippi was buzzing yesterday evening with the announcement of  yet another world class line-up of entertainers for the third annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival.  To quote Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, Mighty Mississippi is growing “at the speed of asparagus”.  With down home Mississippi Delta Blues and Rock holding down the roots for this year’s line-up, festival ring leaders have once again booked world class acts for the main stage.

The headliner for this year’s Mighty Mississippi Music Festival will be Old Crow Medicine Show.  One of the world’s most popular and most loved Bluegrass and Americana bands will be playing with the Mississippi River itself as the backdrop to the stage.  As the group continues to forge new hits as recently as this year, the river crowd may wind up the first to hear some fresh hits.

The Band of Heathens will return to the main stage this year, righteously sharing the lime light with OCMS.  Back from tours of Europe, America and new solo adventures, the Heathens are currently recording in an old chapel in North Carolina.  American folk and rock singing front men, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist are expected to rock the crowd with some new goodies this year.

Fans can expect to see Jason Fratesi & the Dirt Road Jam Band to rock the house with another winter of fellowship pickin’, huntin’, and playing in the Delta under their belt.  Steve Azar, L.C. Ulmer, The Kudzu Kings, The Cedric Burnside Project, Jimbo Mathis, Rob Mortimer’s Good Paper, Goofy Boots, and Basement Brew will all be entertaining on the main stage this year.

It will be the first year for Goofy Boots to hit the main stage.  Old friends and pickers Spike Brown, Jeffery Tonos, Will Coppage and David Morgan will hit the stage with a style of rock and roll that will take you back to the 70’s… until they start to cover Jay Z!

On the Highway 61 Stage, Blues fans will be entertained by Delta Blues legends such as John Horton, Cedric Burnside, Pat Thomas, and Mickey Rodgers.  Jimmy Phillips will also bring soulful variety of American folk music to the Blues stage.

The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival at Warfield Point Park outside of Greenville, MS has once again set itself apart from other festivals across America.  The festival has grown at leaps and bounds with ambitious leadership over the past several years, and this year is poised to be the best year yet with world class entertainers and home grown Delta rhythms all weekend long.


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