Sunflower Fest to
Announce Superstars March 2, 2012
to attend announcement news at Ground Zero Blues Club
CLARKSDALE – Multiple headliners
including an internationally-renowned superstar
booked to perform at the Sunflower River Blues and
Gospel Festival’s 25th anniversary this summer will
be announced Friday, March 2, at Ground Zero Blues
Club, according to festival co-chairman.
“This is exciting news that
promises a spectacular celebration for Clarksdale
and Mississippi, and far beyond,“ says longtime
festival co-chairman Melville Tillis.
our friends, supporters, blues fans, and media to
join us from 6 – 8 p.m. to hear more about it,“
Scheduled for the Aug. 10-11-12
weekend, the festival will remain free and is expected
to attract additional thousands of visitors beyond
last year’s 25,000 attendance.
Tillis said Sunflower
members have been meeting and planning the anniversary
festival since last year’s 24th celebration.
25th anniversary festival design was created by
artist Cristen Craven Barnard, a Coahoma County
native who also designed posters three other Sunflower
Sunflower anniversary t-shirts in multiple
colors, caps, posters, and other souvenirs featuring
Barnard’s design will be displayed at Ground Zero
as well as sign-up sheets for volunteers.
artist Marco Stewart will be providing music for
the announcement gathering, and Jimbo Mathus will
be performing afterward.
The first Sunflower Festival
took place in 1988 with headliners Otis Rush and
James Son Thomas performing the finale in the Larry
Others musicians playing on the
Sunflower River stage beneath the Riverside Recreation
Center and also a flatbed truck near the Stackhouse/Rooster
Records were Jessie Mae Hemphill, Jack Owens and
Bud Spires, the Jelly Roll Kings: Big Jack Johnson,
Frank Frost, and Sam Carr, Boogaloo Ames, and others.
In the past two decades headliners have included
Koko Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Charlie Musselwhite,
Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Shirley Brown, Shemekia
Copeland, Bettye LaVette, Latimore, Otis Clay, Honeyboy
Edwards, the North Mississippi All Stars, Big Jack
Johnson, Super Chikan Johnson, Lonnie Shields, Big
Bill Morganfield and others.
During the three-day
festival, Delta Blues Museum students open the Friday
afternoon electric stage and classic acoustic musicians:
T-Model Ford, Eddie Cusic, Robert Belfor, Pat Thomas,
Arthniece Jones draw large crowds Saturday morning.
For 25 years Othar Turner’s Rising Star Fife and
Drum Corp now led by his granddaughter, Shardee
Turner, has kicked off a procession from the acoustic
stage to open the main stage.
The Sunflower River
Blues Association is a non-profit, 501 c 3 organization
composed entirely of volunteers.
and grant awards from organizations, corporations,
businesses, and individuals underwrite musician
fees and all production costs.
For more information, updates
and complete lineups, view the festival website:
and VIP tickets will be available also through the