COVID statement - 8.27.21

Officials for the King Biscuit Blues Festival, scheduled for October 2021, have announced the postponement of their fall event. The rising number of Covid-19 cases in the Helena/West Helena and Phillips County area recently compelled the Sonny Boy Blues Society Board of Directors to reschedule the festival for October 5-8, 2022. 

The organizers of the acclaimed musical celebration have conferred with local health officials and hospitals in the Helena/West Helena area, and all are very concerned with the continued acceleration of Covid-19 cases and deaths. Extremely limited availability of hospital beds also factors into the reluctant decision to change the date for the event. “We take the health and safety of our artists, fans, volunteers, sponsors and the public as our top priority,” said Festival CEO Munnie Jordan. “Postponement will allow the King Biscuit Blues Festival to be safely presented in a way that our fans expect.”

Further details will be made available as planners work toward the best King Biscuit Blues Festival at a time when all will be able to safely gather and celebrate our musical heritage.

All ticket sales and sponsorships will automatically be rolled over to the 2022 festival, unless otherwise specified. Please email with any questions.


Postponed until 2022


to Partners Bank for sponsoring the 2021 lineup unveiling

Pass the Biscuits! The 2021 Sponsorship Campaign is on!

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Arkansas Times' Best of Arkansas

Voted Arkansas Times’ Best of Arkansas BEST FESTIVAL.


Biscuithead Playlist by Jim Carpenter

Jim “Cornbread Fed” Carpenter shares his King Biscuit playlist with the world!

Sonny Boy Blues Society's Battle of the Bands / Road to the International Blues Challenge

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Pryor Center Video Preserves King Biscuit / Helena Histories

The Pryor Center began interviewing musicians and recording symposia at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, in 2015. These interviews and interviews with residents of Helena are available on the Helena Project page.


Arkansas Parks and Tourism Video

Helena Blues - King Biscuit's Art & Heritage

A masterful up-close and personal look at the KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL, now 30-years strong, in Helena, Arkansas. Over 120 rich, engaging images of the headliners, street performers, the fans, and the place where everyone comes together.

Attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the banks of the Mississippi River in Helena, Arkansas, this iconic festival, held the weekend before Columbus Day each October, continues to preserve the music of the Delta. The name stems from King Biscuit Time, the longest-running daily radio show.

KBBF Office Location:

Historic Downtown Helena at 319 Phillips Street on Biscuit Row

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 118, Helena, AR 72342


(870)572-KBBF (5223)

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