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Duck Hill, Mississippi – 12th Annual Grassroots Blues Festival set for July 11-12, 2014 featuring Willie Cobbs and Hi Rhythm, Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood, Val ‘Vivacious V’ McKnight and local artists, Little Willie Farmer, Danny Lancaster, Lewis Johnson and the No Name Band.

ACER (Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc.) will host its Annual Grassroots Blues Festival in Duck Hill, Mississippi. The Grassroots Blues Festival is a celebration of our rich cultural heritage of blues music, and the artists who have demonstrated mastery of their artistic discipline and quality of work. Our goal is to educate and preserve this traditional art form of music for future generations to come.

Through Project CAM (Cultural Arts and Multi-media), ACER  began the Annual Grassroots Blues Festival in 2003 to provide a platform to present traditional blues musicians and other artists in celebrating this unique American art form birthed in Mississippi.

This year will mark the twelfth year of our annual event. The 12th Annual Grassroots Blues Festival will take place Friday, July 11, 2014 from 6:00 -10:00 pm and Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 4:00 – 10:00 pm at the Elliott Field in Duck Hill, Mississippi.  Donation Tickets are $15 in advance for each night; $20 at the gate for each night;  or $20 in advance for both nights,  $5 for high school students (14-17) for each night; and $1 kids 13 and under for each night.

This year, we are continuing the Grassroots Blues Festival 5K WALK with the Mayor to help promote a healthy lifestyle. The Grassroots Blues Festival 5K WALK with the Mayor will take place Saturday, July 12 at 6:00 am. It will begin and end at the Duck Hill Recreation Center.

The Grassroots Blues Festival is an effort of ACER to educate, preserve, and celebrate the blues music as an art form. The attraction of the Grassroots Blues Festival has also had an impact in our communities as people from diverse backgrounds visit the community before, during, and after the festival.

The Grassroots Blues Festival is made possible thru partial grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission, (the grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts), Mississippi Development Authority/Division of Tourism, and ACER/Project Cultural Arts and Media.

More info: www.grassrootsblues.com

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