Thursday, September 30, 2010
Blues night finale on tap for Thursday
By SUE WATSON
With the last scheduled Hidden Treasures promotion downtown by Holly Springs Main Street Association set for this Thursday night, the attendance got even bigger last week.
An estimated 500-plus crowd turned out for the best of hill country blues in North Mississippi. Several dozen bikers also rode in for the rally, including local and out-of-town riders.
Dancing in the street has become a big part of blues night and those who do not dance toe tap, shake a leg or enjoy watching the crowd show its enthusiasm for musical guests or just talk to friends.
Last week’s entertainment lineup included the regulars – Robert Kimbrough Sr., Duwayne Burnside and Ralph Waller, plus Wendy Garrison from Oxford playing slide guitar. Country Boy Lil Wilson and the Countryettes from Clay County rounded out the evening.
Some comments from the audience included the following:
The final night of the summer program begins Thursday at 6:30 at Blues Alley (North Center Street) with the arrival of bikers. Music starts at 7:30 and goes on until 11 p.m.
Put on your dancing shoes and bring your lawn chairs if you are a sitter.
Thanks go to the musicians, David Caldwell for the electric hookup, Rust College (Wayne Fiddis and Bobby Johnson) for the sound system, technical assistance and television coverage, the Main Street promotional committee including Fannie Lampley, Charles Terry and Andy McMillon, and to the bikers for making blues night a huge success for Holly Springs. Appreciation also goes to Willie Wilkinson, who has served as emcee for blues night all summer and has lined up the musical guests.
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