Now in its 5th year, the Bessie Smith Heritage Festival has been expanded to a two-day celebration of culture, music, and visual arts.
The following activities and musical performances are planned on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Saturday, Aug. 18
10 a.m.–4 p.m. – Bessie’s Arts on “9th Street”
Families are invited to stroll on the grounds of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center to view art created by a variety of regionally acclaimed artists. Artists along with merchandisers will offer unique merchandise for sale.
The event will include flavorful food, live musical performances by Chattanooga’s blues band, Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers.
The Bessie’s Arts on “9th Street” event is free and open to the public.
Bessie Smith Heritage Festival’s Neo Soul Night
7 p.m. – midnight
The Neo-Soul Night will feature performances by New Orleans brass and soul band, The Michael Foster Project, Blues recording artist, Dedra Ruff & the Ruff Pro Band, jazz recording artist & Musical Director, Joe Johnson and New York’s Neo-Soul and jazz recording artist, Rahsaan Patterson.
Sunday, Aug. 19
Bessie Smith Heritage Festival’s Artist Talk
Participants will engage in an artist talk back with Grammy nominated jazz pianist, composer, and producer, Jeff Lorber at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in the Atrium. The event is free; however, reservations are encouraged.
Bessie Smith Heritage Festival’s Jazz Night
The Jazz Night will feature performances by Memphis Neo Soul artist and Apollo performer Karen Brown, renowned jazz pianist, Alex Bugon, Nashville’s jazz recording artist, Joe Johnson, and Grammy nominated Jazz pianist, composer, and producer, Jeff Lorber.
The daily general admission to the two-day music festival is $25 for an advance ticket and $35 at the door. Reserved tables are also available. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bessiesmithheritagefestival.com or at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center between the hours of 10 a.m,–5 p.m. Monday-Friday or on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information about the festival or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call 266-8658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.