Shannon St. Blues Fest Getting a New Name

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Jackson’s only major music and heritage festival is getting a new name. After moving the festival from the street where blues performers at one time played in juke joint and dives, the committee of the Shannon Street Blues and Heritage Festival has made a decision to change its name. For 19 years, the Festival has celebrated the influence of legendary blues-harmonica player John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson and other performers who have shaped the musical heritage of West Tennessee. Now the committee is looking for input from the community to help drive the appeal of the festival. “And we’re trying to get the community involved in it. We want to get their ideas and their input on how they would like to see the name incorporate different forms of music,” said Jerry Gay, chairman of the Blues Fest committee. This year’s event is in front if city hall, along Main Street on June 3 and 4. For more information on how you can enter the contest to name the festival, go to the Seen on 7 section.

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