The 47th Annual

Bentonia Blues Festival

Bentonia, Mississippi
June 10 – 15, 2019


camping all week – $10/night

RV OverNight – $20/night

parking on saturday: $5/car & $10/RV
Started in 1972, the Bentonia Blues Festival is the oldest blues festival in the country attracting blues fans to Bentonia (Yazoo County), Mississippi from all over the world to experience and celebrate authentic Mississippi blues.  The Festival has long showcased the greatest Mississippi blues players over its illustrious history, including Jack Owens, Bobby Rush, Paul “Wine” Jones, Son Thomas, LC Ulmer, Boyd Rivers, Eddie Cusic, and its founder, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes.

We are excited this year to celebrate Henry “Son” Stuckey, who is credited as originator of the unique and haunting Bentonia Blues and who taught more than a dozen Blues musicians in Bentonia, including Skip James, Jack Owens, Cornelius Bright and Jimmy “Duck” Holmes.  To honor Mr. Stuckey, this year’s Festival Poster features one of the recently discovered photos of Henry Stuckey first published in April 2019’s issue of Living Blues Magazine!

Starting Monday, June 10th, come experience deep Mississippi Blues each evening starting at 7:00pm Monday through Friday!  On Saturday, June 15, the Festival moves just north of Bentonia to the Holmes Family Farm (313 Wilson-Holmes Road) with live Blues on the main stage from 1:00PM to 10:00PM.

Monday, June 10, 2019 – 7PM

  • McKinney Williams
  • Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 7PM

  • Arion Baby Bell
  • Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – 7PM

  • Roosevelt Robert, Jr.
  • Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

Thursday, June 13, 2019 – 7PM

  • Ryan Lee Crosby
  • Nicholas Wade
  • Tito Deler
  • Robert Connely Farr

Friday, June 14, 2019 – 7PM

  • Mike Munson
  • Brother Dege
  • RL Boyce
  • Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

Saturday, June 15, 2019:

9:00p    Little Freddie King

8:00p    Eric Deaton Trio

7:00p    Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

6:00p    RL Boyce

5:00p    Terry “Harmonica” Bean

4:00p    Brother Tito Deler

3:00p    David Evans

2:00p    Lil Joe Ayres

1:00p    Pat Thomas


Despite its humble beginnings and its down-home atmosphere, the Festival has been named one of the TOP FIVE Blues Festivals for the past 2 years by American Blues Scene Magazine and is regularly featured in magazines like Delta Sky MagazineLiving Blues MagazineGarden & Gun Magazine, multiple online music magazines and more.  The Festival continues to receive extensive media coverage, with radio programs including American Routes on National Public Radio, Thacker Mountain Radio, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Blues America, Voice of America, etc.


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