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  Arkansas Blues Fest 2005 - by Big Dave
Franks Creations at the Arkansas Blues Festival - click to enlarge

Franks Creations - Winner of the Blues Royale
Cathead Blues

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Inc
. is a 6-day-a-week store that features a full selection of blues CDs, videos, DVDs, books and collectibles as well as an affordable mix of Southern self-taught, folk and outsider art. "It's kind of like shopping in a juke joint," Roger said, describing the building's rustic interior, colorful artwork and down home music. "It's the kind of store we always dreamed of finding in our Delta travels but never did."

Delta Eye

The Delta Eye of downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi, is an insightful, high-spirited restaurant & gallery. It’s red hardwood bar, thick old brick walls, eclectic furnishings, high ceilings and southern/outsider art evokes the memories of Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, as well as Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters

Magnolia Hills B & B

Magnolia Hills added to the entire Fest experience. A restored 18th century home, the accomodations are super, the rooms all have a unique theme, and the breakfast servings were exceptionally nice. All a 3 block walk from the Fest, makes for an unbeatable combination.

As you may recall, just a litle while back STLBlues held the Blues Royale down at BB's. Among the prizes was a chance to play the main stage at the Arkansas Blues Fest, (formerly the King Biscuit). The competition was fun, and showcased the talents of many. The winner of the Electric category was the band named Franks Creations, and they played to an early gathering on day 1 of the fest! I was fortunate enough to introduce this band as they took the stage for this incredible music moment.

This year featured a record number St. Louis bands playing the Arkansas Blues Fest - Franks Creations, Phat noiZ, Arthur Williams, Big George, Joseph U.J. Miller, and Mark Moore and the Smokers! This event always brings in an incredible lineup, and this year was no difference. Some highlights included Mark Stallings, Lonnie Shields, Sam Myers, and of course all the St. Louis bands.

Set in the sleepy little town of Helena, Arkansas, this area is the essence of Blues History, as is Clarksdale, MS. just 20 minutes away. In addition to all the music on the 5 stages, there were plenty of street musicians to be found working along Cherry Street, Bubba's Blues Corner, and the nearby Delta Cultural Museum. If hunger sets in, there's plenty of pulled pork in abundance, a staple at the fest! While down south, take some time to trace some blues history, and make a drive to Clarkdale a mandatory side trip. That's where you'll find such Blues landmarks as the Hopson Plantation, the Delta Blues Museum, Ground Zero Blues Club, and of course the Crossroads of legend! While in Clarksdale, a few more worthwhile stops include the Cathead Delta Blues & Folk Art store, and the Delta Eye - tell them STLBlues sent you!

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