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Blues in Helena


Some of the biggest names in blues music will be featured Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 7-9, in Helena at the free, 19th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown is Saturday night’s headliner, but each day features top blues performers throughout the afternoon and night. With the Mississippi River as a backdrop behind the fans and historic Cherry Street behind the four stages, the King Biscuit annually draws 100,000 people from around the world each October. Besides Brown, other must-see acts include Daniel "Slick" Bollinger on Thursday, Kenny Neal and Coco Taylor on Friday, and William Lee Ellis and the Holmes Brothers on Saturday, Legends such as Pinetop Perkins and Sam Myers will also be on stage. The blues styles will vary from Chicago to Delta to Cajun and more, and gospel its also featured. The King Biscuit debuts its Emerging Artists stage this year as well. Visit the festival's website for a complete schedule of performers and other events.

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