Blues Fest sees diverse crowd

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 20, 2008

NATCHEZ — Organizers of the 13th annual Natchez Bluff Blues Fest are calling this year’s festival a success.

“(Saturday) was a beautiful day with beautiful music,” Blues Fest Producer Eric Glatzer said. “It was one of the best ones we’ve had in a while.”

Part of that success was because a greater cross-section of the community came out to the event, Glatzer said.

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“We had the Natchez High School cheerleaders out here raising money, and the Forks of the Road and the Natchez Association for the Preservation of African-American Culture were out here raising awareness, and so that might have brought in some different people,” Glatzer said.

More families came to the event this year in the past, and Glatzer credited that to having a kids’ area at the main festival.

“It’s all nice and well for us to love and enjoy this music, but we need to raise the kids up right so that they will as well,” Glatzer said.

The festival will continue today with performances at by Free Love at Marketplace Café from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Blues Buffet at the Eola Hotel from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Performances by Maggie Brown will be at Pearl Street Pasta and by Blues 74 at Slough Daddy’s from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Center City Bistro will host a performance by Li’l Jimmy Reed from noon to 3 p.m.

Bare Foot Tendencies will perform at Under-the-Hill Saloon from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Club 601 will host a performance by Grady Champion from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Kyle Craft will perform at Biscuits and Blues from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.