P.O. Box 373   •   Vicksburg, Mississippi,  39181   •   601-634-6179   •   Info@VicksburgBlues.net   •   Twitter @VicksburgBlues  

         

          

 Vicksburg Blues Society

  PRESENTERS •  ADVOCATES  

 IBC Winners 2014 and 2015  •  IBC Finalists 2013-2014-2015-2016-2017

 

 


 

 

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SAM JOYNER (Blues Band Act / MUSIC of the RIVER)

Saturday •   MARCH 3   • 7-10p

The BIG MUDDY

Restaurant / Bar / Music

1414 Washington Street • Historic Downtown Vicksburg, MS 39180

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SAM JOYNER, representing the Vicksburg Blues Society, advanced to the Finals in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) 2017.  Sam's exceptional peformances in the world's largest blues competition, the IBC, gained even more international notority for his fusion of Blues, R&B, and Jazz styling.  He's an engaging storyteller, dresses to kill, and delivers performances with passion and real southern charm. His music is a combination of Delta Swamp Blues, Chicago Urban Blues, and classic New Orleans Blues.  Sam performs regularly at Spirits on Bourbon in New Orleans, and at the celebrated Teddy’s Juke Joint in Zachary, Louisiana.

- Shirley Waring / Vicksburg Blues Society

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BLUESMAN McKinney Williams (Duo Blues Act / MUSIC of the RIVER)

Saturday • MARCH 11 • 7-10p

The BIG MUDDY

Restaurant / Bar / Music

1414 Washington Street • Historic Downtown Vicksburg, MS 3918

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"BLUESMAN" McKinney Williams is an authentic Mississippi Delta Blues Man.  He grew up in a gospel and blues music tradition in Lexington, Mississippi.  He learned acoustic guitar and unique tuning techniques from his father.  He plays guitar, sings and shares real-life, real-blues stories. It is intriguing to see him play slide guitar with his bare hands. BluesMan's immense talent and warm presence make him a real star.  He was named Blues Artist of the Year in 2016 by the Mississippi B-B-Q Trail.


-Shirley Waring / Vicksburg Blues Society

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EDDIE COTTON (Blues Band Act)

Saturday • MARCH 18 • 8p ($10 / Free with MyChoice Card)

Ameristar Casino Hotel

Bottleneck Blues Bar

4116 Washington St., Vicksburg, MS 39180

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Mississippi Blues Man EDDIE COTTON, representing the Vicksburg Blues Society, won top honors at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) 2015. Fans marvel at Eddie's blistering classic Delta Blues guitar licks and his passionate vocals. He delivers lyrics that will have you hanging on every word. Whether he’s punctuating old favorites with his own passionate inflections or crooning a Cotton original with stunning energy, audiences are sure to take notice of this Blues artist who demonstrates deep respect and appreciation for his craft.Eddie's performaces are the epitome of the Mississippi Juke Joint Experience.  His awards include JMA Blues Artist of the Year 2013 and 2014, JMA  Entertainer of the Year 2016 and Jus' Blues Awards Entertainer of the Year (Bobby Rush Award) 2016.

- Shirley Waring / Vicksburg Blues Society

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DWAYNE WATKINS HolyGhostGuitar  (Blues Band Act / MUSIC of the RIVER)

Saturday •   MARCH 25   • 7-10p

The BIG MUDDY

Restaurant / Bar / Music

1414 Washington Street • Historic Downtown Vicksburg, MS 39180

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A member of the world-renowned, Grammy nominated gospel group, the Canton Spirituals, since 1974, Cornelius DWAYNE WATKINS personifies Mississippi’s gospel dynasty.  A dynamic guitarist and vocalist, Dwayne is known internationally as the “HolyGhostGuitar”, and continues to expand his career with a style he labels Gos-Blues.  He knows it’s a natural.  He tells the story of growing up playing music in the church, in the front of the building, and the juke joint in the back.  He rocked the house and placed a tight 2nd in the Vicksburg Blues Challenge 2016.  "Wearing lighting for a necktie and drinking Clorox for sweet tea"......HGG is a force to be reckoned with.


- Shirley Waring / Vicksburg Blues Society

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KENT BURNSIDE (Blues Band Act / MUSIC of the RIVER)

Saturday •   APRIL 1    • 7-10p

The BIG MUDDY

Restaurant / Bar / Music

1414 Washington Street • Historic Downtown Vicksburg, MS 39180

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KENT BURNSIDE grew up in North Mississippi in the Holly Springs area, where he was influenced by his grandfather, the legendary R.L. Burnside.  Kent performs Mississippi Hill Country Blues, the treasured style of Blues created by his grandfather.  Droning tunes “The Burnside Way”, Kent’s  mesmerizing show honors the unique artistry of the Mississippi Delta and the music that is his grandfather’s legacy. His southern style and notable genealogy are not the only components of Burnside’s musical mastery. Early on, picks didn’t feel natural to him.  In his own style Burnside strums his electric guitar with his thumb. His technique is amazing to watch and pellbinding to listen to. Kent performs with Dan Aykroyd and his Blues Brothers Tour, and records under Dan Aykroyd’s label, Blue Note Records.  His roots are genuine.  His talent is innate.  He is disciplined, accomplished and highly professional.  He is true Blues royalty. He would surely make his grandpa proud.   

- Shirley Waring / Vicksburg Blues Society

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