Helena, Arkansas: Warm Up Wednesday at the 31st King Biscuit Blues Festival just went from warm to red hot. Traditionally, Warm Up Wednesday – this year happening on Wednesday, October 5th – is a prelude to the iconic three-day festival put on for local townsfolk and festival volunteers featuring the Michael Burks Memorial Jam open to all comers. That jam is still happening from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. New this year is the First Annual Bobby Rush Slim Chicken’s Pickin’ Party featuring King Biscuit’s perennial favorite son Bobby Rush and friends beginning at 8 p.m.
Bobby Rush has been a centerpiece of the Biscuit since the festival began. With 10 Blues Music Awards, three Grammy nominations, and more than 345 songs to his credit in a stellar 60-year career, Bobby Rush truly represents the pinnacle of talent that has become the hallmark of this great festival. Joining him on stage will be Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Kentucky Headhunters guitarist Greg Martin, and other surprise guests.
The Bobby Rush Slim Chicken’s Pickin’ Party is also a CD Release Party celebrating the September 16th release of Bobby Rush’s new album Porcupine Meat, his first on Rounder Records. Living BluesMagazine calls it “a masterful disc, recommended for blues, soul blues, and southern soul lovers of all stripes.” Special guests on this CD include Dave Alvin, Joe Bonamassa, Keb’ Mo’, and Vasti Jackson, Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington, and backing from the New Orleans “A” team. Festivities begin at 2:00 with a Bobby Rush Meet and Greet at Southbound Pizza at 233 Cherry Street near the main stage in downtown Helena, Arkansas. There will be a proclamation from Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin announcing this as a Bobby Rush Appreciation Day. Come celebrate Bobby’s latest release. A KBBF wristband or $10 Warm up Wednesday Wristband gets you in.
King Biscuit Blues Festival Warm up Wednesday, October 5, 2016
- 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bobby Rush Meet and Greet with State Attorney General Tim Griffin’s representative at Southbound Pizza, 233 Cherry St
- 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Michael Burks Memorial Jam
- 8:00 to ??? First Annual Bobby Rush Slim Chicken’s Pickin’ Party