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2018 - 31st Annual Festival

Flyer of 2018 Sunflower River Blues and gospel festival

Since its creation in 1988, the Sunflower Festival has been entertaining blues fans for the past 30 years.

Throughout the years there have been numerous high profile headliners and entertainers such as Ike Turner, Dorothy Moore, Robert Plant and for this years 31st annual festival, Richard "Daddy Rich" Crisman, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Bill "Howlin Madd" Perry, and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes.

The Delta Blues Museum has partnered with the Sunflower Festival for many years with coordinating various performances, booths and special promotions.

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We would love to hear from you and share the great times you have had at the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival. Please email any comments and photos you would like to share with us to sunflower@deltabluesmuseum.org

2018 Sunflower Festival
For a complete lineup please visit SunflowerFest.org

Cool Breezes, Sizzling Hot Blues
Cool breezes and sizzling hot blues welcomed blues fans celebrating the 31st Annual Sunflower River Blues Festival in Clarksdale Friday night with... Read More

Italian Photographers Enjoy Sunflower River Blues Festival's Opening Event
Melvita Tillis Presley, chairman of Clarksdale's Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival and booking chairman Maie Smith welcome Simona Ottolenghi of Rome, Italy, to the Sunflower's legendary... Read More on SunflowerFest.org

Count on 'Kingfish' for a Spectacular Show
Decades later the once bustling town is making news again as the home of phenomenal guitarist Christone Xavier "Kingfish" Ingram, a 19-year old who... Read More on SunflowerFest.org

Expect High-octane Show from Hometown Celebrity O.B. Buchana
High-octane energy sizzles through the phone when O.B. Buchana talks about his dynamic musical career as a Southern soul singer/songwriter... Read More on SunflowerFest.org

Sunflower River Festival Centers on Delta blues, but also Stars Hill Country & Bentonia-styles
Although Delta blues is the centerpiece of Clarksdale's Sunflower River Blues Festival, it's also been a showcase for North Mississippi Hill Country Blues and Bentonia-styles... Read More on SunflowerFest.org

Sunflower Honors Music Giants: 'Razorblade' Stewart, C.V. Veal
The Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival dedicates its 31st anniversary to two of our own musicians whose rich talents and personalities have contributed to the festival's unique identity as... Read More on SunflowerFest.org

Amazing Hometown Talent Booked for 31st Sunflower Fest
When the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary in downtown Clarksdale August 9 - 12, booking chairman Maie Smith suggests all 180 musicians... Read More on SunflowerFest.org

O.B. Buchana

Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram

James 'Super Chikan' Johnson

Photos Courtesy of www.sunflowerfest.org

For more information regarding the 2018 Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival please visit SunflowerFest.org.

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