The Blues is upon us… and that’s a good thing.

Today begins a long week for me and my staff at the 308 Blues Club and Cafe. Mr. B.B. King returns Friday, June 2nd, to headline his annual outdoor festival at Fletcher Park in Indianola, Mississippi. As the city prepares to welcome the many blues enthusiasts from all parts of the planet, we find the Blues once again upon us… and that’s a good thing.

If you arrive Thursday evening, July 1st, and are looking for some live music; I highly recommend checking out Mr. Sid Barger at the 308 Blues Club at 10 pm. Sid Barger learned his craft from the late, Paul “Wine” Jones, of Belzoni, Mississippi. If you’re not familiar with Paul “Wine” Jones, you should check out some of his work on youtube. Sid Barger captures the gritty vocals and slide guitar work of Paul “Wine”. Sid’s overall maturity and talent have earned him the lead role in the newly, reunited Electric Mudd who play our venue Saturday night. I would say so myself, “Da-da (David Burchfield) would be proud.”

The B.B. King Homecoming Blues Festival officially kicks-off on Friday, July 2nd. This year, the city of Indianola, Indianola Main Street, the Indianola Chamber of Commerce, and the B.B. King Museum have come to a single accord and have blessed us with a 2 day festival. Visitors can expect the traditional outdoor concert Friday evening which concludes with B.B. King’s performance and a spectacular fireworks display. The 308 Blues Club extends your evening with the sounds of Jason Carter and the Healers, a North Mississippi Hill Country and Blues act from Ponotoc. Showtime is at 10 pm.

After staying out late all Friday night, if you can muster up the strength… Day 2 of the B.B. King Homecoming Blues Festival takes place Saturday, July 3rd. Head over to the B.B. King Museum for more live music, Indianola’s Farmers Market, a motorcycle showcase, and a Bar-B-Que cook off. Saturday starts early and last all night long. At 10 pm, the 308 Blues Club welcomes the return of local favorites and inovators of Delta Swamp Boogie style… The Electric Mudd. The Mudd family is Sid Barger on lead vocals and slide guitar, Zach Leach on keyboards, Trenton “Poodha” Ayers on bass guitar, Jason Boyles on drums, Jack McWilliams on percussion, and Caleb Boyles on lead/rhythm guitar.

Again, the Blues is upon us… and it’s all good. See ya this long, 4th of July Weekend.

About Mario Strong

Celebrating blues culture and promoting roots music worldwide. Fully engaged in an ongoing personal campaign towards raising social awareness and promoting a healthy consciousness throughout the Mississippi Delta. View all posts by Mario Strong

2 responses to “The Blues is upon us… and that’s a good thing.

  • Janice

    Is BB not playing the late show at Club Ebony anymore? That was always a momentous occasion for me as was the grand opening of the museum!


  • Mario

    Hello Janice,

    Actually, there’s plenty going on in and around Indianola for this upcoming blues-filled weekend. Unfortunately, I am not certain of Club Ebony’s schedule for that Friday night. In the past, B.B. King would play an after show. My thoughts: Since he is now the new owner, I’m pretty certain that he will still honor the tradition.



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