WEDNESDAY 10/9-SATURDAY 10/12. Downtown Helena-West Helena. $10-$85.
The King Biscuit Blues Festival has been around since 1986, so it predates an era when the word “festival” translated loosely to “that in which a $386 ticket grants you access to $12 beers, long lines, tent camping, a spot as the 27,365th person at the Aphex Twin set and some enviable Instagram dispatches.” Basically, a sleepy town in the Delta comes roaring to life for a few days this time of year, descended upon by county fair vendors, German tourists, daydrinkers and every subgenre of blues music you can imagine. Named after a radio program that’s been airing since 1941, King Biscuit both preserves Helena’s blues heritage and nods to its future with sets this year from Ruthie Foster (pictured above), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Delbert McClinton, Cedric Burnside, The G-Hope Choir, the Kaiser Singers, Charles Woods, The Cate Brothers, Akeem Kemp and about 70 other acts that will fill every street corner, dive bar, pop-up stage and storefront in downtown Helena.
Check out the full lineup at kingbiscuitfestival.com, bring sunscreen and binge out on jumbo corn dogs and deltified blues for four days this fall.