Mississippi AllStars, Bobby Rush to Headline 26th Sunflower
The acclaimed North Mississippi AllStars
and celebrity entertainer Bobby Rush will headline the 26th
annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in downtown
Clarksdale August 9-10-11, 2013, according to co-chairman Margaret
Rush performs at
the 2012 Sunflower Festival
The free 2013 celebration featuring 40 bands performing three days is being dedicated to the late Melville Tillis, longtime blues historian and festival co-chairman.
“We are delighted to present two internationally-renowned and diverse groups heading the Sunflower’s festival,” says Walker who announced the booking at this week’s Blues Association meeting.
at the White House this week are (from left)
Sam Moore, Mavis Staples, Justin Timberlake,
Charlie Musselwhite, and Ben Harper
Rush is headlining the Friday night stage,
and the North Mississippi AllStars will close the Saturday night
The complete lineup will be announced on the festival website: www.sunflowerfest.org
Dickinson, leader of the North Mississippi AllStars, performs
at an earlier Sunflower Festival
Clarksdale’s Board of Mayor and City Commissioners
recently renamed the downtown venue the Melville C. Tillis Sr.
Delta Blues Stage in his honor.
At the City Board meeting, Rush, a close
friend of the late co-chairman, recalled his friendship, his
numerous Sunflower performances and the Rivermount Lounge owned
An educational forum during the festival
will revisit the historic Rivermount Lounge that was home base
for Rush and many performers including Ike Turner, Little Milton,
Clayton Love, O.B. Buchanan.
Sunflower Association members also voiced congratulations to multiple festival headliner Charlie Musselwhite for his performance this week at the White House and to the Delta Blues Museum for its Mississippi Blues Trail Marker.