Announcements

DELTA ROOTS COUNTRY 2020

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
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Pass the Biscuits! The 2021 Sponsorship Campaign is on!

We “knead your dough” to make the biscuit rise! To become a sponsor, click here.

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

POSTPONED FOR 2020.
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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.

Pick up a copy at the King Biscuit office.

King Biscuit Blues Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to the banks of the Mississippi River in Helena, Arkansas. Featuring blues legends and up-and-coming acts, this iconic festival, held the weekend before Columbus Day each October, continues to preserve and promote the music of the Delta. Taking its name from “King Biscuit Time,” the longest-running radio show in history, the festival brings people together who appreciate blues culture.

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💔 With heavy hearts, the King Biscuit Blues Festival board and staff have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 event.

“We sincerely believe the ongoing pandemic potentially threatens the safety of our musicians, patrons, volunteers and staff, and we cannot take that chance,” said Munnie Jordan, executive director of the festival.

As fate would have it, the “Biscuit” was chosen as the Arkansas Times' Best Live Music Festival for 2020. Next year’s event promises to be the best ever, and keeping with tradition of it being the weekend before Columbus Day, the dates will be October 6-9, 2021. Artists who were scheduled for 2020 have been invited back, and they include headliner Mavis Staples Mavis Staples and perennial favorites Bobby Rush, Billy Branch, Anson Funderburgh, Lonnie Shields, Reba Russell and Paul Thorn.

All sub-events and programs that have become King Biscuit’s hallmark will return in 2021: Sonny Boy Blues Society’s Battle of the Bands (August), Blues, Bloodies & Biscuits, the 10th Annual Call and Response Blues Symposium, 5K Run, Tour da’ Delta Bike Ride, and Kansas City-sanctioned BBQ and Blues on The Levee Competition.

2020 Ticketholders are being offered three options:
(1) roll over their tickets for next year’s show (October 6-9, 2021)
(2) receive a complete refund
(3) choose to donate ticket money to help sustain King Biscuit operations towards its future success

The board is asking those who have purchased tickets to choose one of the options at kingbiscuitfestival.com/tickets by Wednesday, August 12, 2020, or the ticket(s) will automatically be rolled over to 2021.

Questions can be addressed to operations@kingbiscuitfestival.com.
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KBBF Office Location:

Historic Downtown Helena at 319 Phillips Street on Biscuit Row

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 118, Helena, AR 72342

Phone:

(870)572-KBBF (5223)



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