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|Several to be honored at 3rd Soul Survivors Fest|
The third annual Soul Survivors Festival in Ferriday will be celebrated on Saturday when plaques will be unveiled downtown celebrating the town's music and history.
"There will be great music and food for this kid-friendly event," according to festival organizer Tommy Polk.
This year's festival will feature a ribbon cutting by Mayor Glen McGlothin for a new million-dollar Will Haney Big House Music Hall plus the Jerry Lee Lewis Rockabilly Park and Plaza and Concordia Hotel. In addition, Will Haney Circle and Peewee Whittaker Avenue will be dedicated.
The ribbon cutting events kick off at 7 p.m. across from the Soul Survivors Festival grounds.
Seven historical markers will be placed downtown.
Plaques honoring Will Haney, Frank Morris, PeeWee Whitaker, Jimmy Swaggart and Jerry Lee Lewis will be unveiled.
Polk said the festival will feature plenty of children's games, chalk painting, jump rope, jumpers and train rides. There will also be food, refreshments and more available for purchase.
"In Ferriday, we like to say that our little town is 'Where Music is Born'," said Polk. "By that, we mean that all of the music isn't in the past. It's still very much alive -- both here and nearby in Mississippi."
To that end, he said the Soul Survivor Festival continues to specialize in an authentic blues and roots music line-up showcasing the region's surviving musical traditions. This year's acts include Sylvia Johns Richie & Crew, Nathan Shell, Lil' Poochie, Jimmy Anderson, Elmo Williams, Hezekiah Early, YZ Ealey Band and Angola Prison Band will perform in the new Jerry Lee Lewis Rockabilly Park and Plaza.
The price of admission is free from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"This is a pretty amazing line-up for a festival that is both free and relatively new," said music promoter Roger Stolle. "From acclaimed recording artists like Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early to the legendary Angola Prison Band, this is really an impressive combination of acts performing in a town steeped in musical history."
In a related event at the conclusion of the Soul Survivors Festival, Easy Eddie and the Party Rockers will perform at a street dance at the Will Haney Big House. There will be a $3 cover charge for this event.
"We are also fortunate to have a number of generous sponsors helping to keep the daytime portion of Soul Survivors Festival free," Polk said.
Festival sponsors include Delta Bank, Concordia Bank, Tensas Bank, Marsala/Budweiser, Gozone/Not Rocket Science, Delta Music Museum/Friends of the Delta Music Museum, Stan's Rock and Roll, Town of Ferriday, Concordia Parish Sheriff's Department, Entergy, and Bryant Hammett & Associates.
For more information on the third annual Soul Survivors Festival and related events, please go to www.ferridaymusic.com or contact Tommy Polk at 601-431-6149.
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