(CHESTER, SC) – The original blues festival was established 25 years ago in honor of the MLK Jr. National Holiday! The Martin Luther King Jr. Blues Festival will be held at Carolina Hall (119 College Street, Chester, South Carolina) and at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the Inn Upon Moon River Plantation.
Live music will be performed by Grammy Nominated Mississippi Blues Legend Cedric Burnside, Mississippi Blues Soul Legend Johnny Rawls, Florida Blues Legends, Packrat’s Smokehouse, Hammond B3 Organ Master, Legendary Bruce Katz Band, West Virginia Blues Soul Singer Doris “Lady D” Fields, Soul Singer Al Jasper and more.
We celebrate the ideals and principles of Martin Luther King Jr., equal rights for all Americans, equal protection under the law, and his leadership with integrity on the nonviolent pathway for harmony, the love of God and the love of all people.
Two free events are at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church: Tuesday, Jan 15, 12noon -2pm Holy Eucharist Service officiated by Fr. Louis Bohler, friend of Martin Luther King Jr., followed by the MLK Jr. Blues Festival Community Lunch (Free). On Saturday, Jan 19, 8am-11am, MLK Jr. Blues Festival Community Breakfast features a delicious home-cooked meal, MLK Jr. Discussion Panel, live music and fellowship (Free)
Jan 17 6pm-10pm Packrat’s Smokehouse /Opening TBA (St. Mark’s Episcopal Church)
Jan 18 6pm-11pm Cedric Burnside / Packrat & Lightnin Boy (Carolina Hall)
Jan 19 2pm -11pm Johnny Rawls, Packrat’s Smokehouse, Bruce Katz /Doris “Lady D” Fields (Carolina Hall)
Jan 20 12:30pm-3:30pm MLK Jr. Blues Festival Brunch at the Inn Upon Moon River Plantation Bed & Breakfast with a wonderful, home-cooked brunch, live Blues and Gospel.
Amazing grace how sweet the sound! Listen to your heart and hear with you soul. Harmony, Peace, Love, Nonviolence and the Blues is for everyone!