Blues festival tickets, t-shirts available

By: 
Josh Presley
News Reporter

Preparations for the 20th annual Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival — now called the Black Prairie Blues Festival — are in full swing.
Tickets for the event — which will begin at 6 p.m. September 4 at Community Counseling Services, formerly the Mary Holmes College campus in West Point — are now available, along with t-shirts and posters.
Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with t-shirts costing $20. Tickets are available at the West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance, Jack Forbus Insurance in Starkville, and the Columbus Arts Council in Columbus. Tickets and t-shirts can also be purchased online at wpnet.org.
Festival Coordinator Jeremy Klutts said ticket prices represented a $5 increase from previous years, which he said was one of the few changes for this year.
"We've bumped up the caliber of our acts for this year, and that's the primary reason for the increase in price," Klutts said. "We're not doing this to make money, we're doing it to promote the blues and the community."
The line-up for this year's festival includes 16-year-old Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, of Clarksdale, the award-winning Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks, also of Clarksdale, and 2014 Jackson Music Awards Blues Artist of the Year Eddie Cotton and the Mississippi Cotton Club, originally from Clinton.
For more information about the festival, contact Klutts at 295-8362, the Growth Alliance at 494-5121, or visit http://www.wpnet.org/index.php/attractions/howlin_wolf/blues_festival.

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