1999 Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival

1999 Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival

The 1999 Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival was held August 13-15 at Clarksdale, Mississippi. This was the twelfth festival for Clarksdale and included two days of Blues Music as well as an afternoon of some of the best Gospel music you ever heard. Clarksdale Blues in The Schools program in operation. Mr Johnnie Billington with some of his students.

Mr Johnnie Billington in blue
JB and The Midnighters

The festival included an accoustic stage on the second day featuring the talents of such blues legends as Eddie Cusic, Wade Walton, Robert Belfour, and Charlie Musselwhite. Two memorable appearances by Rusty John Deer and Tater and Pat Thomas, the son of the late great Son Thomas, were part of the mornings lineup.

The main stage started in the late afternoon both friday and saturday. Performances by Little Jeno, Arthneice Jones, Robert Walker, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, and Otis Clay on Friday were outstanding and left the crowd wanting more.

Saturday afternoon began with Othar Turner and The Rising Star Fife and Drum Band leading the audience from the accoustic stage down to the main stage. Appearing on the main stage on Saturday were The North Mississippi Allstars, John Mohead, Arthur Lee Williams, Sam Carr and John Weston, O. B Buchana, and Eddie C. Campbell. Closing out Saturdays performances were the Coast To Coast Band and the Hooker Family with a tribute to John Lee Hooker. Appearing for the Hooker famiy was Archie Lee Hooker, John Lee Hooker Jr., and Zakiya Hooker. Charlie Musselwhite was also a featured guest in the tribute performance.

The festival ended on Sunday the 15th with the gospel stage in full swing. Appearing on this stage were The Jonestown Crusaders, The Collins Family, The Myles Family and many more. It just doesn't get any better than this. Three days of incredible music, fellowship, and tons of food.

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Photos from the main stage
Photos from the accoustic stage
Photos from the gospel stage