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Osceola Heritage Music Fest

(Osceola, Arkansas)- The Osceola area is rich in musical heritage and Main Street Osceola is bringing that legacy center-stage with a mid-April music festival that will be the largest such event ever held in Mississippi County.

The Osceola Heritage MusicFest is set for Saturday, April 17th, 1999 on the historic Courthouse Square in Downtown Osceola. Osceola native and Chicago Blues guitarist Son Seals will headline a impressive lineup of artists that includes many regional favorites from the Mid South.

Among other artists scheduled to appear on the main stage are Ruby Wilson of Memphis, the Michael Burks Blues Band of Northwest Arkansas, the Nace Brothers of Warrensburg, Missouri, the Cate Brothers of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Sauce Boss of Florida and many others.

"We are really excited about this new festival", said Main Street Osceola Executive Director Mary Elizabeth Loveall. "We're working hard to make this a great musical event and providing a lot of fun for the entire family."

The Osceola Heritage MusicFest will feature two stages. The acts mentioned above will perform on the Hale Avenue main stage while local and regional artists will perform on an acoustic stage on the other side of copper-domed Courthouse.

Other features of the mid-April event include children's activities, arts and crafts and a variety of food.

The festival will get underway at 10:00am on April 17th and will roll into the night, wrapping up about 11:00pm.

While the final lineup of musicians is being determined, work is underway in other areas as well. Discussions are taking place with major corporate sponsors, who will be announced soon. Meantime, the festival logo and poster art are in development at this time by Little Rock artist Gary Wayne Golden. Golden has designed artwork for many clients including the Arkansas River Blues Festival and the Heifer Project.

"Although this is our first full-scale festival, we at Main Street have been working on this project for over two years," said Loveall. "We've been working with many experienced festival organizers from all over the Mid South-the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Arkansas River Blues Festival, the Center for Southern Folklore and Main Street Arkansas have all shared generously their time & knowledge."

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Osceola Heritage MusicFest can contact Main Street Osceola Executive Director Mary Elizabeth Loveall. She can be contacted by phone at 870.563.6177, by fax at 870.563.7430, by email or by mail at 113 East Hale Avenue, Osceola, AR 72370. A web site is also under construction at

"We're expecting thousands of people from throughout the Mid South for this exciting day and we'll be announcing more details about the festival in the near future," said Loveall. "This will be a great opportunity to spotlight the rich heritage of our area, promote Downtown Osceola and have a lot of fun."

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