Delta Bridge Project announces funding for King Biscuit Blues Festival
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark.—The Delta Bridge Project announced this week a $223,000 three-year grant to the Sonny Boy Blues Society to support the King Biscuit Blues Festival. The grant, which will help expand the economic impact of the King Biscuit Blues Festival and ensure its sustainability, comes through support from the Walton Family Foundation and Southern Bancorp Capital Partners.
Drawing over 50,000 people each year, the King Biscuit Blues Festival is Helena's single largest tourism magnet. The three-day festival has brought the community international fame, and put Helena on the map as a renowned blues destination.
This year's festival, which takes place October 6, 7, and 8 in downtown Helena, features Buddy Guy, Keb' Mo', and Delbert McClinton, who collectively have more than 10 Blues Grammy Awards.
Beyond helping solidify the festival, the three-year grant also supports expanded blues education for children and creation of a new spring series of concerts in downtown Helena starting in 2012. Called the "Live on the Levee" series, these special concert events in April, May, and June will coincide with the new Second Saturday downtown arts initiative in Helena and help expand the economic impact of music tourism.
"We're hoping to spread the fun year-round," said festival director Munnie Jordan. "Everyone has such a blast in October, we know they're going to have a great time scheduling a trip to Helena in the spring as well – experiencing Live on the Levee, canoeing the Mississippi River, shopping downtown, and visiting our great museums and new Civil War sites."
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