Red's Old-timers Blues Festival

RED'S OLD-TIMERS BLUES FESTIVAL is coming and needs your help!

Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival will specialize in Mississippi blues legends, 60 years old and up. On Saturday, September 22, 2018, attendees will enjoy FREE music all day on the Martin Luther King Park Stage, just down the street from Red's Lounge in downtown Clarksdale. Red's dream is to make this an annual event.

*****UPDATE: Red says his new fest will feature acts inculding Little Joe Ayers, R.L. Boyce, Frank "Guitar" Rimmer, Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood, Cadillac John Nolden, Big George Brock and James "Super Chikan" Johnson!*****

A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT RED and his commitment to the blues...

Clarksdale, Mississippi's "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.


1.) Red Paden has been instrumental in Clarksdale's blues-fueled tourism comeback and downtown revitalization. He books blues music 4 nights a week, year around — even during the slow times.

2.) Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival will showcase the older, culturally-connected Mississippi blues legends while it still can.

3.) Red's festival will be 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!" - 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 Stolle at Cat Head

(Photos of Red Paden by Lou Bopp.)
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Organizer and beneficiary

Roger Stolle
Clarksdale, MS
Orlando W. Paden

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