In October, King Biscuit Blues Festival will partner with Historic Beale Street to create Road to the Biscuit, and the Blues Hall of Fame will open a new exhibit from internationally acclaimed blues photographer Marc Norberg.
On October 6, fourteen of the most famous Beale Street restaurants and venues will have blues artists taking the stage all night long to create a new kind of (free!) festival for blues fans making the trip to the legendary King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. Participating businesses include B.B. King’s Blues Club, Rum Boogie Cafe, Blues City Cafe, Tin Roof, Club 152, Silky O’Sullivan’s, Alfred’s On Beale, Blues Hall, King Jerry Lawler’s, King’s Palace Cafe, The Tap Room, People’s On Beale, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Coyote Ugly.
Artists will be playing in unique, intimate settings that fans may not usually see them in and some may perform in collaboration with other artists. Featured musicians include Blind Mississippi Morris, the Will Tucker Band, Southern Avenue, Eric Hughes, Chris Gales, and more.
That same day, the Black, White and Blues: Photographs by Marc Norbert photography exhibit will be unveiled at the Blues Hall of Fame (421 South Main St, 38103). There will be discounted admission before noon for attendees, with adult admission for $7 and students for $5. The collection includes photos of famed blues artists including Albert Collins, Etta James, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Memphis Slim, and Taj Mahal.
Both of these events will “bridge the blues,” as fans travel to The King Biscuit Festival, held each year to showcase the genre, culture, and history of Blues music. Last year, the festival celebrated it’s 30th anniversary, and this year will be just as big. With over 40 artists and several different events throughout the weekend, festival goers will have plenty to keep them busy. Plus, it’s just a short trip from Memphis.