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Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival Expects 65,000

Arkansas Blues and Heritage FestivalMichael Burks, Bobby Rush, John Hammond, Pinetop Perkins & Bob Margolin, The Cate Brothers, Lil Dave Thompson, Lonnie Shields, T-Model Ford and Big Jack Johnson are among the acts slated for the Sonny Boy Main Stage and the Lockwood-Stackhouse Stage Thursday, August 8 through Sunday, August 11.

Formerly known as the King Biscuit Blues Festival, The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival was founded in 1986. This year's event, the festival's 24th anniversary, will be held in historic downtown Helena, Arkansas. ABHF officials have projected attendance figures for this year of around 65,000.

Formerly a free festival, this year's main stage tickets will cost $5 a day and $10 for a three-day pass. All other stages and areas of the festival, including vendors, will be open to the general public. Tickets are available for presale online and in Food Giant and Tobacco Warehouse stores starting September 10.

Publishers note: People, this is the real deal, an event that draws blues lovers worldwide. It's the location, the history & culture, the people, and of course, the music. Come experience this event, with a warning - you'll become a lifer, just like us! Look for the STLBlues booth just behind the main stage, at 100 Cherry Street, and tell them all that STLBlues sent you!

-- Here's the 2008 AHBF | Official ABHF website | ABHF in the Live Music Calendar --

Here's a glimpse of the music, keep in mind it's only the main stage.......

Sonny Boy Williamson Main Stage

Thursday, 8 October 2009

12:00 pm- Emerging Artists

1:00 pm- Kings of the Delta- 2008 Emerging Artists Winner

2:00 pm- 2009 SBBS Battle of the Bands Winner

3:00 pm- Johnny Billington

4:00 pm- J.P Soars & The Red Hots- 2009 International Blues Challenge winners

5:00 pm- Lucious Spiller

6:00 pm- Sterling Billingsley

7:15 pm- Lil Dave Thompson

8:50 pm- John Primer

10:30 pm- The Cate Brothers

Friday, 9 October 2009

12:00 pm- Harmonica Shah

1:15 pm- Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys

2:35 pm- Sam Carr with Dave Riley

4:00 pm- Red Holloway

5:30 pm- Hubert Sumlin & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith Band

7:00 pm- Billy Boy Arnold

8:45 pm- Michael Burks

10:30 pm- Bobby Rush

Saturday, 10 October 2009

12:00 pm- Willie P & The NTO Band

1:15 pm- Hamilton Loomis

2:35 pm- Reba Russell

4:05 pm- John Hammond

5:40 pm- Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets

7:10 pm- Pinetop Perkins & Bob Margolin

8:45 pm- Mitch Kasmar

10:30 pm- Jackie Payne & Steve Edmonton

For more information, please visit the website or contact the festival office at 870.338.6583 or 314.580.3764.

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