Blues Fest is in it's 8th year. This year's line up is an exciting mixture of Blues, Jazz, and RocknRoll.
New to Blues Fest this year are The Kattawar Brothers, Mike and Jerry who put on a high energy show. Jerry Kattawar aka Jerry Little made his home, at one time, in Newport, Arkansas where he played with many local bands including The Pacers.
Also new this year, Blues Legend, Willie Cobbs. From Northeast Arkansas Willie Cobbs is an incredible act. He recorded his mega hit "You Don't Love Me" on Billy Lee Riley's label "Mojo". Don't miss this one.
Driving Instructions once you reach Jonesboro, Arkansas
To reach the festival site take the 1B or Southwest Drive exit off of the 63 bypass. Take the frontage road (Parker Road) once you get on 1B or Southwest Drive. Take Culberhouse Road from Parker Road. The park is located off of Culberhouse Road. There are signs for Craighead Forest Park along these roads.
Here are detailed instructions for getting to the site after you are in Craighead Forest Park. After entering the park you will come to a stop sign. Turn right and continue until you see a baseball field on your left. Take Access road 6 just past the ball field. Take either of the next two Y/s. Parking is available along either of the Ys except down at the actual festival site which is roped off to provide safety for the audience. There is a dirt road between the two Ys.
There will be signs along the route.
Festival InfoThere is no seating at Blues Fest. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for comfort. There will be food available but you are also welcome to bring a picnic. Craighead Forest is located in a dry county and so alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the grounds. This year Tshirts are in limited supply be sure to get your's early.
Ramada Limited is hosting our Blues Fest performers this year. They say they still have vacancies for the weekend. Phone 870-932-5757 or 1-800-2ramada.
There are many other motels available in Jonesboro within convenient driving distance from the festival.
Special ThanksTo Jonesboro Parks and Recreation for allowing us to borrow the park each Labor Day Weekend.
To the many volunteers who staff Blues Fest and work so untiringly.
To the musicians who make Blues Fest possible. Their donations of time and talent are unparalelled in most festivals. Please let them know how much you appreciate them. Remember these folks are performing for free.
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