- Brian Chilson
- BB King accepts the key to the city at King Biscuit
Can we stage a burial ceremony for that antiseptic mouthful of a name that stood in for “King Biscuit” while out-of-state marauders held it hostage? Something cleansing like setting a canoe filled with all the unsold “Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival” merch on fire and kicking it out to the Mississippi River? Because the Biscuit’s back, y’all. Not only did organizers — led by irrepressible director Munnie Jordan — manage to negotiate an agreement to, once again, use the festival’s original name, they staged one hell of a festival in 2010. BB King, Dr. John, Taj Mahal — where else are you going to find headliners like that for a $25 weekend pass? Times readers got to witness the renaissance firsthand on the last day of the festival. Nearly 100 of ’em rode the Arkansas Times Blues Buses, which came equipped with kegs of beer and live on-bus performances from North Little Rock cigarbox guitar whiz Bluesboy Jag. It was a party.