Williams to headline Delta Fest

Published 12:01am Saturday, July 9, 2011

FERRIDAY — While the event is still two months away, things are coming together nicely for those planning the first fall Delta Music Festival.

Scheduled for Sept. 10, the Delta Music Festival is an annual event hosted by the Delta Music Museum that offers a non-stop lineup of local musicians and the introduction of new members in the museum’s hall of fame.

In previous years, the festival was a springtime event.

Delta Music Museum Director Judith Bingham said two more groups will be added into the hall of fame at this year’s festival.

The first group to be inducted will be West Monroe, La., gospel legends Joel and LaBreeska Hemphill.

Bingham said the Hemphills will also perform at the festival.

The second inductee will be Dubberly, La., native and guitar legend James Burton.

Throughout his career, Burton has played with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Bingham said while the majority of the festival lineup has yet to be announced, the main performer for the festival scheduled.

“Our main headliner this year is going to be Jason D. Williams,” she said. “He will be doing all of Jerry Lee Lewis’ music. He looks like a young (Lewis), but he is not an impersonator.”

Bingham said Williams has a large following, and he even performed at the festival in Ferriday four years ago.

“I think he is going to put on a great show,” she said.

The festival has been scheduled for spring since its first year in 2002, but it was moved to September this year due to a lack of funding.

Bingham said the change of schedule has not had any adverse effects on the festival’s planning.

“We are all set to have a wonderful show for everyone to come out and enjoy,” she said.

Bingham said the schedule change will also help clear up problems with cooler and rainy weather.

“In the past when we had it in April, it could get down to 50 degrees and rain,” she said. “With the festival set for September, we don’t have to worry about it getting too cold, and if it does rain, it won’t be uncomfortable.”

With two months left to wait, Bingham said Miss-Lou residents will have another great concert opportunity Aug. 28 when Mickey Gilley arrives to perform two concerts at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center.

Bingham said Gilley will perform at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the 28th, and anyone wanting to attend can purchase tickets by calling or visiting the music museum during open hours Wednesday through Friday.

Bingham said the tickets will be $20, $30 or $40 depending on the location of the seating.