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Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil music lineup unveiled for May two-day festival

NATCHEZ — Organizers of the annual Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil released the music line up for this year’s two-day festival, which takes place May 8 and 9 on the grounds of Rosalie Mansion.

The annual festival, which began in 2018, is produced by Arden Barnett of Ardenland music and is now a two-day event that has been relocated to the site of the Natchez Balloon Festival.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, followed by an opening performance by CJ Solar from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.; Them Dirty Roses from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Whitey Morgan from 8 to 9:15 p.m.; and HARDY from 9:45 to 11 p.m.

Gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, followed by Jive Mother Mary from 2 to 3 p.m.; Magnolia Bayou from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Christone “Kingfish” Ingram from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Jaimoe & Friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and the headliner Bishop Gunn from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/BGCB20.

Single-day passes are $30 each, weekend passes are $50 each and VIP passes are $200 each. Children ages 10 years old and under receive free admission.

Since the release of their debut album called “Natchez” in 2018, Bishop Gunn band members and Natchez natives Travis McCready, Drew Smithers, Ben Lewis and Burne Sharp achieved great heights in their musical career.

The band has toured with Kid Rock and opened for acclaimed bands in the rock n’ roll universe, “The Rolling Stones” and “Guns N Roses.”

At the end of their European tour in 2019, Bishop Gunn continued to embrace their hometown roots and returned to Natchez for the second annual Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil — which turned out a large crowd with hundreds of both local and international fans.

The band announced their return for the 2020 Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil in January on social media:

“Some of you have already heard the rumors and guessed the news… yes it’s true, the Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil is returning in 2020! Not only that, but we are moving to Rosalie Mansion this year, the site of our beloved Natchez Balloon Festival. We truly feel that we have the best fans in the world, which you all proved at last year’s BGCB when you came out in droves despite the poor weather. It’s only right that we repay your commitment with another go at this thing! This event is all about celebrating the culture of our beautiful hometown with local food, drink and of course, music!”

For questions regarding ticketing, contact Ardenland at tickets@ardenland.net.
For information regarding festival sponsorship opportunities, contact Arden Barnett at bgcb@ardenland.net.