Bentonia Blues Festival 2018

a week full of real deal blues in bentonia, Mississippi

Bentonia, Yazoo County, Mississippi


The 46th-anniversary Bentonia Blues Festival will take place on June 11-16, 2018 in Bentonia, Mississippi. This real-deal blues festival is the oldest in the country, started in 1972 by Jimmy "Duck" Holmes. Holmes is the last of the Bentonia bluesmen and the owner of the Blue Front Cafe, the oldest juke joint in Mississippi that is still in daily operation.

Related events leading up to the Bentonia Blues Festival with live music at the Blue Front Cafe take place every evening from June 11-15. HEad to Yazoo County early in the week to enjoy the live performances in this authentic and intimate juke joint setting.

The 2018 Bentonia Blues Festival will take place all day Saturday, June 16, at the Holmes family farm, 313 Wilson-Holmes Road just north of Bentonia, Mississippi on Highway 49 North, just as it did in 1972. The event will feature food and arts & crafts vendors, RV & tent camping (fees may apply), live music, and more.

The Bentonia Blues Festival is a unique down-home style festival that runs on juke joint time… Times and order of performances are bound to change a bit. Relax and have a great time with us as we help to keep the Bentonia blues alive!

The full line-up is To Be Announced. Spend the week in Bentonia to hear performances by Henry Gray, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Brother Tito Deler "the Original Harlem Slim", Mike Munson, Libby Rae Watson, Wes Lee, Nico Mavrich, Ms. Pleshette, Connely Farr and others!


For vendor information, call 662-528-1900.
For information about visiting Yazoo County for the Bentonia Blues Festival, call the Yazoo County CVB at 800-381-0662 or visit