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Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 22:57:54 -0400
From: Russ Bradley
Subject: Re: Where in US are Harp festivals and jams October 2003 - Jan 04

Robert,
If you are coming to the US in October, may I suggest the King Biscuit
Festival in Helena, Arkansas October 9-11. The lineup for this year has
not been announced yet, but you can keep an eye out for it at
www.kingbiscuitfest.org.
While there are some smaller blues festivals in October and November,
this is about the last BIG blues festival of the year that I am aware of.
I have not been there for the last 2 years, but in addition to having
some of the top blues acts and best harp players perform at the
festival, there have been jams at the Sonny Boy Music Hall, Eddie Mae's
and on the streets.
All the lodging in Helena is already booked up, but you should be able
to find lodging in Clarksdale, Mississippi, about 30 minutes away. The
Delta Blues Museum is in Clarksdale. At the Delta Blues Museum you can
buy the Delta Blues Map Kit put together by Jim O'Neill for about $8US.
You can also purchase it on the web at www.deltabluesmuseum.org. This
contains a number of maps and directions for most of the major blues
sites in the Mississippi Delta. For example, a short drive south of
Clarksdale is Tutwiler, where Aleck "Rice" Miller (aka Sonnyboy
Williamson II) is buried.
For the time of year you are coming, I think this is your best
opportunity for the ultimate blues experience in the US.
Hope this helps.
Best of luck to you,
Russ

Rick B wrote:

>Hi all,
> Someone by the name of "Robert" sent Bluesharp.org an email question
>that I thought you could help with . He is visiting the US from around
>October 2003 and to January 15 2004, and he wants to stay in the state
>which has the most harp festivals, concerts, and jam sessions.
>I noticed that if he visits www.bassharp.com/bh_itin.htm or
>www.spah.org/CALENDAR.HTM , he will find:
>
>BEAN BLOSSOM BLUES FEST
>September 12-14, 2003
>A 3 Day Music Event & Outdoor Party
>Bean Blossum, Indiana
>
>GARDEN STATE HARMONICA FESTIVAL 2003
>October 23-25, 2003
>Radisson Inn
>Paramus,New Jersery
>
>Maybe you guys can help him out with other festivals and jams. Please email
>him directly at ha~mail.si . (He may not be a member of Harp-L)
>
>
>His original email is below
> Thanks.
>
>Robert wrote:
>
>I will go to usa from october 2003 or earlier till january 2004 (
>15.jan.2004 )
>i need advice.
>I would like to be in a STATE ( USA ) where i could get the most
>out of BLUES. I mean i'd like to go to practice coputer sciecce (
>internship and to have a blues FESTIVALS< CONCERTS AND JAM SESSIONS
>EXPERIENCE IN USA.
>WHERE TO GO
>can you name a few STATES, from THE MOST full to less 'full' with
>those events or a links would be a great help and please,
>try to reply fast or get someone else do it.
>Thank you very much!
>THE BLUESHARP.ORG PAGE IS VERY felpfull TO ME!
>
>Robert
>
>____________________
>http://www.email.si/
>ha~mail.si
>
>Rick B
>www.bluesharp.org
>
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