BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. – The 8th annual Exit 56 Blues Fest features a Women In Blues showcase May 27 at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.
The festival, presented from the porch of the last home of blues legend Sleepy John Estes, will showcase two full days of blues performances hosted by N Da Kno’s Jazzii A, an entertainment industry veteran that has toured with Bobby Rush.
“We’ve got an incredible line-up of ladies who are pioneers on the blues scene both in the delta and around the globe,” said Executive Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark. “This showcase includes artist who have performed on the David Letterman Show and Conan O’Brien. They’ve been immortalized on the Beale Street Walk of Fame, in memorabilia cases at The Hard Rock Cafes in Memphis and Pittsburg, garnered numerous Blues Music Award nominations and shared the stage with acts like U2, Bon Jovi and Huey Lewis and the News. It’s absolutely astounding the accomplishments these blues singer/songwriters have received. We’re honored to present them at the 2018 festival.”
Here is the full 2018 Women in Blues showcase:
• 10 a.m.: Sandy Carroll
• 11 a.m.: Joyce Henderson
• Noon: Barbara Blue
• 1 p.m.: Queen Ann
• 2 p.m.: Reba Russell
• 3 pm: Lorina McMinn
• 4 pm: Women in Blues Jam
The Exit 56 Blues Fest features live music from an eclectic gathering of blues men and women, arts and crafts, car and motorcycle cruise-in/corvette car show, and the famous deep-fried barbecue eating competition.
A full line-up of events and entertainment for Saturday is below:
Saturday, May 26
• 10 a.m.: Tyler Goodson
• 11 a.m.: Elam McKnight Band
• Noon: Doctor Ocular
• 1 p.m.: Sean “Bad” Apple
• 2 p.m.: Maxwell Russell & The Shakedown Kings
• 3 p.m.: Linzie Butler & the Blues Gentlemen
• 3:45 p.m.: Car Show Winner Announcement
• 4:30 p.m.: Deep Fried BBQ Eating Contest
• 5 p.m.: Dylan Whitney Band
• 6 p.m.: Lucious Spiller
• 7 p.m.: Little Boys Blue
• 8 p.m.: Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers
• 9 p.m.: Al Corte’
Admission is free.
The 2018 Exit 56 Blues Fest is presented by the following sponsors: WBBJ- Channel 7 in Jackson, TN, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Jammin’ Jackson 97.7 FM, WHHG-The Hog 92.3, N Da Kno with Jazzii A on WNDK Radio, Music on the Couch Internet radio, Cascades – IFC Disposables, Hub City Blueprint, CoreCivic – Whiteville Correctional Facility and Brownsville Press.
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