Tamales and Southern-style music take center stage today and Saturday with the Southern Crossroads Music and Tamale Festival at the Mississippi Coliseum.
Promoters say the August 10-11 indoor music and culinary festival will be the first of its kind in the South.
The Festival is the brainchild of Southern Crossroads syndicated radio show host Pat LeBlanc.
“This festival will be an opportunity to experience the best the South has to offer in cuisine, music and unparalleled hospitality. This event will highlight both recognized and new musicians, established and local craftsmen and tamales and Southern-inspired food from all over the state,” LeBlanc says.
The festival will feature a combination of musical acts from classic R&B, blues and country to aspiring talents in jazz, Americana, zydeco and more.
Musical artists appearing include Steve Azar, Hope Waits and Eric Lindell. Headlining the event will be world renown band, War.
Daily general admission is $18. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the Mississippi Coliseum Box Office.
In addition, the festival will highlight Real Time Art by Ellen Langford, Wyatt Waters, Ron Blaylock, Teresa Haygood, Paul Smith, Sarah Johnson, Paul Buford, Brian Brazeale, Lyle Wynn, Phillip Weisenberger, Steve Gillespie, Christy Acevedo, Price Davis, Jenn Sahler, and Tony Davenport.
Here is the Schedule of Events:
Friday, August 10
5:30PM Doors Open
6:10PM Tamale Celebration
6:20PM Cooking Demo
6:30PM Strung Like A Horse
7:45PM Eric Lindell
9:00PM Marc Broussard
10:15PM Steve Azar
Saturday, August 11
11:30AM Doors Open
12:40PM Cooking Demo: Chef Mark Jackson
12:55PM King Edward Blues Band
2:45PM Cooking Demo: Chef Jim Stewart
3:00PM Beth McKee
4:00PM Cooking Demo: Chef Louie Bruno
4:20PM The Bluz Boys
6:00PM Hope Waits
7:15PM Dorothy Moore
9:00pm Bobby Rush
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