Reviewed: Arkansas Blues and Heritage Fest | Rock Candy

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Reviewed: Arkansas Blues and Heritage Fest

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM

unknown.jpg

Shawn Kellerman. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival
Oct. 11, Helena
 
The final day of the Arkansas Blues and heritage festival in Helena opened with  Shawn Kellerman on fire on the main stage. I’m a born sucker for guitar theatrics in blues and Kellerman never disappoints. As usual, though, Cherry Street itself, and not the main stage, provides some of the best entertainment. Smells of alligator, crawfish, sausage of every description and lots of other stuff I won’t eat drift past as the blues pours out of nearly every corner. A guy playing an electrified “diddley bow,” a simple instrument comprised of a stick a cigar box and two strings from which he ripped a blues funk that drew a crowd of dozens. Then there’s the lighter sounds of Valerie June, a woman who over the years has really begun to come into her own with an expanded set list of original tunes, all of which drift sweetly from a voice that may not match her appearance, but somehow makes her all the more intriguing. This year, too, there were fewer closed storefronts along the street. Something is definitely going on in Helena.
 
Brian Chilson

More pics below.


   
unknown.jpg

Photo by Brian Chilson.

unknown.jpg

Photo by Brian Chilson.

unknown.jpg

Photo by Brian Chilson.

Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Lindsey Millar

  • Little Rock, cut low

    The capital city lands on a ranking of the worst cities in the country.
    • Jul 18, 2018
  • The Crooks in Government Edition

    The arrest of a former Medicaid integrity director, the suspension of a major health care provider from Medicaid, the arrest of a state representative for failure to pay taxes and more — all covered on this week's podcast.
    • Jun 29, 2018
  • The magic of curry paste

    Or: How lawyer-turned-Thai food evangelist Richard Glasgow learned to stop worrying and cook Thai food.
    • Jun 28, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Coming Monday: Little Rock Black Restaurant Week

    MoTown Monday is Ceci's Chicken and Waffles. Tasty Tuesday is Sims BBQ and Brewster's Soul Food Cafe. Wing Wednesday is Chicken King and Chicken Wangs. Soul Food Thursday is Lindsey's BBQ and Hospitality House and Food Truck Festival Friday is @station801. It's the first Black Restaurant Week.
    • Mar 8, 2017
  • New music from Isaac Alexander

    New music from Isaac Alexander.
    • Jul 14, 2017
  • No Small Talk Ep. 8: Katy Henriksen, Springs Arts preview

    A packed episode this week of "No Small Talk": a chat with Katy Henriksen, from Of Note on KUAF; Stephanie Smittle breaks down the Spring Arts issue; and we finish up with just a tiny bit of Oscar chatter.
    • Mar 9, 2018
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation