Guy to headline new Jackson festival

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Five-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy will headline a new Jackson festival in 2013.

The Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival will be held Sept. 20-21 on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. It was announced Thursday by the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In addition to Guy, other performers include Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Urban Mystic, Mint Condition, Dorothy Moore and Vasti Jackson.

Jackson CVB president Wanda Wilson says organizers will use the agriculture museum's rustic flavor and buildings to recreate juke joints and a front porch for performances.

Wilson says a percentage of festival proceeds will benefit the Mississippi Blues Commission to help with its Benevolent Fund, to aid blues musicians living in poverty.

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