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Red's Old-timers Blues Festival

$7,320 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 86 people in 3 months
Created August 1, 2018
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.

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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 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 sirpaden@yahoo.com or Mac Crank at mac@bluescrossroads.us.) — Thanks y'all, Roger Stolle at Cat Head

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(Photos of Red Paden by Lou Bopp.)
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THANKS to everyone who supported Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival ​this past weekend ​in some way (with $, publicity or attendance)! Big Red seriously appreciates y'all. His friends, family and fans mean everything to him.

The fest was fabulous, of course. Amazing music and unexpectedly good weather. (The rain literally went ​around Clarksdale, Mississippi!) Red had a small-but-mighty audience that's ready to grow for 2019.

​Yesterday, Red ​announced that his new permanent date w​ill​ be the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, so...

PLAN NOW: Sat., 5/25​, 2019​ - 2nd annual Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival! Book your rooms now, and start spreading the word.
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Hey y'all RED'S OLD-TIMERS BLUES FEST fans!

Red says he's going to kick off his festival weekend with the opposite of an "old-timer" on Fri., Sept. 21st, at Red's Lounge — the up-and-coming blues legend CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM (19 years old)!

Then, that Sat., Sept. 22nd, the old-timers will have their say at the FREE fest on the MLK Park Stage. :)

It's going to me an amazing, multi-generational blues weekend in Clarksdale, Mississippi!

#redsoldtimersbluesfest #visitclarksdale #redslounge
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Hey y'all... I just talked with Big Red, and he is thrilled with all of your shares and support! He says THANKS! He also told me the list of old-school blues acts he's booked so far — including Little Joe Ayers, R.L. Boyce, Frank "Guitar" Rimmer, Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood, Cadillac John Nolden, Big George Brock and James "Super Chikan" Johnson! It's gonna be great, so PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO DONATE to Red's fest if they can. He's trying to get to $10K, so he can make sure all of the acts are paid properly, he has good sound/lights, can afford to advertise the event, etc. Again, THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT so far! Best, Roger
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Y'all rock!! Red's GoFundMe campaign for his new Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival is rollin' right along... HALF WAY THERE! Thanks to everyone who has supported so far and/or promoted the crowdfunding project to your friends and colleagues. Mr. Grouchy aka Big Red Paden is smiling as he says, "THANK YOU!" :) Let's keep it going and aim for $6,000 today. Thanks and best, Roger
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Raised by 86 people in 3 months
Created August 1, 2018
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