Annual blues fest a treat for more than just music lovers

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 9, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; The annual Natchez Bluff Blues Fest to be held this weekend is attracting more than just music lovers.

ETV has expressed an interest in the documentary of the festival that will be produced by Krauscape Films, Eric Glatzer, festival producer said.

Glatzer said he is also hoping Mississippi State Educational Broadcasting will pick up the program to be broadcast statewide.

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Presently, the program is broadcast in 1.1 million households and over the Internet the four Mondays following the festival.

The festival is also gaining recognition from the government.

April has been declared the month of the Blues following the federal government making 2003 the &uot;Year of the Blues,&uot; Glatzer said.

In preparation for the festival, Glatzer said he started showing vendors where to set up and picking up supplies on Thursday.

Today, the venue will begin being constructed and the stage will be set up.

&uot;Our production is the highest quality,&uot; Glatzer said.

The three-day event will begin in clubs around the historic downtown area Friday evening.

On Saturday, the music begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Bicentennial Gardens at historic Rosalie, located at the end of Broadway and overlooking the Mississippi River from a high bluff.

Featured musical acts include Maggie Brown, Raful Neal, B.B. Major and Theodis Ealey.

The outdoor event will include a children’s area and food booths.

A ticket to enter the festival grounds is $10 per person.