Rich Music History

The Delta blues style of blues is one of the earliest. It originated in the Mississippi Delta, a region of the United States stretching from Memphis, Tennessee, in the north to Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the south and from Helena, Arkansas, in the west to the Yazoo River in the east.

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King Biscuit FeStival

The King Biscuit Blues Festival attractes tens of thousands of Blues enthusiasts from all over the world to the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River in Helena, Arkansas. Featuring some of the most recognized blues legends as well as up-and-coming new acts, this iconic three-day festival, held the weekend before Columbus Day each October, continues to preserve and promote the music of the Mississippi and Arkansas Delta into the 21st century.

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King biscuit radio

The first broadcast of King Biscuit Time was on November 21, 1941 on KFFA in Helena, making it the longest running radio show in the United States. Since 1951 the program has been hosted by the "Sunshine" Sonny Payne who opens each broadcast with "pass the biscuits, 'cause it's King Biscuit Time!" Over the years the biggest names in blues have been associated with the program, and important blues artists continue to perform live.

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cherry street fair

On every second Saturday from April through September, Delta-inspired artists, musicians, and food vendors line the 400 block of Cherry Street, producing a vibrant atmosphere, generating increased downtown and community engagement. A family-centered event series made possible by many partners, the CSF allows visitors from the region to experience themed competitions, kids' activities, live gospel and blues music, and great food.