Bobby Rush is headlining the Sam Chatmon Blues Festival in Hollandale on Saturday as a special guest.
The three-time Grammy winner and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year will go on the stage at 6 p.m.
The full lineup includes:
* 10 a.m. - Gospel Music;
* 11:30 a.m. - Hollandale Blues Band with Willie Miller;
* 12:15 p.m.- Keith “Prince of the Delta Blues” Johnson;
* 1 p.m.- Mickey Rogers - Jimmi Mayes performs a Memorial Tribute for Kern Pratt;
* 2 p.m.- Bobby Whalen;
* 3 p.m.- Libby Rae Watson;
* 4 p.m.- Good Paper and Reverend Rob Mortimer;
* 5 p.m.- Big John Horton Band; and
* 6 p.m. - Special Guest star is Bobby Rush, three-time Grammy winner and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.
The festival is sponsored by the Hollandale Economic Community Development Foundation, the City of Hollandale and Mississippi Development Association, Washington County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Guaranty Bank, Twin County Electric, Stop ‘N’ Shop, Bayer, City Drug and Wicker Machine.
The festival is free and open to the public as it has been for the last 24 years.
“That’s the best deal for a blues festival I know of,” said organizer Roy Schilling.
The festival will take place at the Blue Front on Simmons Street.
“It’s a real blues spot,” Schilling said.
There will be food vendors on site for the day. Organizers are also asking attendants to be safe as it relates to COVID-19 and will have masks for distribution if needed.
When Hollandale began hosting its music festival in 1996, it was originally known as SummerFest.
For years, it was held the last weekend in May, but when a blues trail marker was dedicated to Chatmon in October 2010, the event was moved to the fall and renamed the Sam Chatmon Blues Festival. By 2016, the festival’s popularity grew enough to turn it into a two-day event.
Known for his long beard and fiddle playing, Chatmon was a longtime resident of Hollandale. In the 1920s and 1930s, he was a member of the legendary Mississippi Sheiks, along with his brothers, Bo and Lonnie.
In 2009, the city of Hollandale purchased Chatmon’s house at 818 Sherman St. to move it to “Blue Front” on Simmons Street, an area where several Delta musicians have performed.
For more information, call Hollandale City Hall at 662-822-2241, Schilling at 662-827-5545 or visit the event Facebook page or website at hollandaleblues.com.