Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival specializes in Mississippi blues legends, 60 years old and up. Saturday, May 25, 2019, attendees will enjoy FREE music all day on the Martin Luther King Park Stage, just down the street from world-famous Red's Lounge in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi.
MAY 25, 2019 LINEUP... Red Paden Cadillac John Nolden w/Bill Abel, Miss Gladys w/Terry "Big T" Williams, Johnny Drummer, Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry, John Horton, Watermelon Slim and Bobby Rush (plus who knows who else might show up!), 11am-8pm - FREE FREE FREE!
A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT BIG RED and his commitment to blues...
Clarksdale, Mississippi's self-proclaimed "King of the Juke Joint Runners," Red Paden, has been operating jukes for most of his life. Before his current, world-famous venue — Red's Lounge — he had the Tin Top and, for a while, ran another late-night joint called Red Wine.
As the decades have passed by, he's watched many musical friends move up to the big blues band in the sky. Today, even as he helps usher in a new generation of blues players, Red never forgets the blues heroes who came before and the handful of older players still among us. (It's no wonder Red received a "Keeping the Blues Alive Award" from Blues Foundation.)
3 POWERFUL REASONS TO SUPPORT Red's GoFundMe campaign:
1.) Red Paden has been instrumental in Clarksdale's blues-fueled tourism comeback and downtown revitalization. He books blues music 3-4 nights a week, year around — even when it's slow.
2.) Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival showcases the older, culturally-connected Mississippi blues legends while it still can.
3.) Red's festival is FREE FREE FREE, open to the public and a helluva good time! Funds raised here will be used to help offset things like equipment rental, event advertising and musician fees.
"The game's for life! Whatever you do in this lifetime is going to follow you. And when you're gone, somebody's going to be able to talk about it." - Red Paden
PLEASE NOTE: I'm just helping Red with some technology — in this case, GoFundMe. It is HIS festival, so he's making the decisions, booking the acts, handling the funds, etc. Got questions? Please talk to the boss, Big Red. (Or you can email his other assistants... Orlando Paden at [email redacted] or Mac Crank at [email redacted].) — Thanks y'all, Roger at Cat Head
(Red Paden photo by Lou Bopp. Red's Lounge photo by Roger Stolle.)
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