Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival
Greenville, Mississippi
"da' blues is like coming' home"

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The 47th Mississippi

 

 

 

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2023 Delta Blues Festival

 

 

MEDIA ALERT

 

For Immediate Release

 

April 21, 2023

 

GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI — With the relaxing of the COVID-19 restrictions and many inquiries from blues fans from around the country, MACE wants the public to know that the 46th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival (MDBHF)  will be produced LIVE at the Washington County Convention Center and Fairgrounds on September 16, 2023.  MACE also wants to thank blues fans who attended the 45th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival which was streamed live on You-Tube and Facebook.

 

MACE is aware that to many blues fans, “the Blues is Like Coming Home.”  Rest assured that the 46th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival will provide the music, the food, the fun and all the “down home” experiences that have encouraged our fans to make the annual trip to the Delta in support of the Festival for the last 45 years.   Thanks to all our blues fans from around the state, the country and the world.

 

For additional information, please visit MACE’s website at www.deltabluesms.org or the Blues Festival’s Facebook page at MSDeltaBlues.  You may also obtain additional information from the Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website at www.visitgreenville.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 16, 2023 in Greenville,  Mississippi……the Mississippi Delta and “Home of the Blues” for the 46th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival,  the oldest continuous running Blues Festival in the Country.

 

 

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   To inquire about vendor space for the 2024 Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival,

    please call Marie Payton @ 662-335-3162.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

47th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival
Saturday, September 21, 2024
Greenville, Mississippi

The Board of Directors of Mississippi Action for Community Education, Incorporated, along with the staff and all our volunteers wish to thank everyone who attended the virtual 46th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival.  We appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you on September 21, 2024 for the 47th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival.

The purpose of the Annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival is to reach a worldwide audience with a celebration of the contributions the Mississippi Delta Blues culture has made to the American story - and to help preserve that culture. Mississippi Delta Blues is globally recognized as one of America's most important musical forms. A major catalyst for American popular culture, it exists in both a folk context and as a product of the commercial music industry. In the face of a historically brutal social experience, Black folk in America affirmed their humanity by remembering and creating a rich expressive culture of poetry, tales, crafts, ritual, dance and music. This system embodied techniques of cultural transmission, transformation, adaptation and survival. Early Blues developed out of this rich fabric and cross-fertilized the work-songs, love-songs, slow drags, rags and spirituals. Delta Blues soon became the emotional and literary voice of Black singers across the South.

Ironically, Black and poor people from the Mississippi Delta, who gave the world the Blues, had limited access to traditional or contemporary institutional arts and cultural programming. The products of most rural peoples' art are inaccessible to them. They are housed in urban academic institutions and archives. They need to be preserved and showcased to larger general audiences as the legacy of a living culture.

While this art form was being celebrated internationally, the Delta region was still one of the poorest regions in the country. In 1976, Mississippi Action for Community Education, Incorporated (MACE) saw the need to help create financing for educational programs and gave birth to the "Delta Blues & Heritage Festival".

The success of the "Delta Blues & Heritage Festival" spurred the creation of festivals all over the Mississippi Delta and beyond.

 

THANK YOU to our SPONSORS!   

Please visit the Sponsor's Page to see our Sponsors for the 47th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival.

 

 

 

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