Dusk ‘til Dawn Blues Festival
Up all night in Rentiesville.
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials.
Photo by Paul Natikin, courtesy of Alligator Records.
Friday, Aug. 30-Sunday, Sept. 1
Every year, they set up the tents and stages in Rentiesville, a small town between Muskogee and Lake Eufaula best known as the site of the Civil War Battle of Honey Springs, for producing Duke University Professor Emeritus John Hope Franklin and as the home of blues wizard D.C. Minner’s legacy – the Dusk ‘til Dawn Blues Festival. Now in its 23rd year, Dusk ‘til Dawn has grown into one of the coolest and biggest events of its kind with hundreds of regional acts as well as international musicians. This time around, look for Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials straight from Memphis, Dallas’ Jimmy “Preacher” Ellis, road warrior Watermelon Slim and many others. Last year’s festival broke attendance records, and there’s no reason why this one won’t either. Tickets are $15 per day. Children get in free. Go to www.dcminnerblues.com for a complete festival schedule, more about its founder and about the Down Home Blues Club.