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VOL. 130 | NO. 161 | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Overton Square To Host October Blues Festival

By Bill Dries

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Overton Square will host a two-day blues festival in October billed as the first of its kind in the city since 1969.

The Bona Fide Blues Festival on Oct. 2 and 3 is being presented by the Memphis Blues Society and will feature two free outdoor stages in the entertainment district. It also will include blues performances in four Overton Square businesses using $25 wristbands. A $100 VIP wristband includes admission to a party before the two-day festival.

The bill features more than 40 performers all from within a 100-mile radius of Memphis.

Headliners include the Bo-Keys, Delta Joe Sanders, Blind Mississippi Morris and Kenny Brown.

The festival is announced as the square kicks off a new season of the Bluesday series of free shows in the Tower Courtyard. The series began in 2014.

The idea behind the October festival is also based on the 1969 Country Blues Festival at the Overton Park Shell.

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