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Fabulous Thunderbirds headline 21st festival in Helena.

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THUNDERBIRDS: In Helena.
  • THUNDERBIRDS: In Helena.

Known not that long ago as the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival continues on with more than 60 music acts on three stages next to the Mississippi River in Helena Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 5-7. The festival is free.

Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds will headline Saturday’s lineup on the Sonny Boy Williamson main stage, with Super Chikan on the nearby Robert Lockwood Stage.

Other headliners include Tab Benoit on Thursday, Jimmy Thackery and the Cate Brothers with Reba Russell on the main stage and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith on the Lockwood stage on Friday. Other classic bluesmen, including Sid Selvidge and Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, will perform during the weekend.

For a complete schedule, visit the festival’s website at www.bluesandheritage.com.

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