For Immediate Release
September 1, 2020
GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI — Due to COVID-19 health mandates from the State of Mississippi and especially for the safety of our many Blues fans and supporters, MACE has decided to cancel this year’s Festival, as we know it. In its place will be a virtual blues festival that will be streamed live, on Saturday, September 19, 2020, starting at noon.
MACE has partnered with the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring this live virtual event to Blues fans far and near. For additional information, please visit MACE’s website at www.deltabluesms.org or the Blues Festival’s Facebook page at MSDeltaBlues. You may also obtain additional information from the Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website at www.visitgreenville.org.
We hope you log into this year’s virtual festival and prepare to join us next year on September 18, 202l for the 44th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival.
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Singer and songwriter Denise LaSalle, whose hit “Trapped by a Thing Called Love” topped the R&B charts in 1971, has died. She was 78. Media outlets report LaSalle suffered from health issues in recent months that resulted in the amputation of her right leg after she suffered a fall. Along with “Trapped by a Thing Called Love,” she is also well known for the song “Now Run and Tell That.” She had a string of successful singles in the 1970s and the early 1980s. LaSalle, a Mississippi native, founded the National Association for the Preservation of the Blues to bring more attention to the “soul/blues” style in 1986. We last saw Ms. LaSalle at our 40th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival. Even with her health issues she still put on a great show.
Rest In Love Queen LaSalle
Her Legacy will live on!
Willie "Po Monkey" Seaberry passed away on July 14, 2016 from an apparent heart attack at the age of 75. His shotgun house "juke joint" in Merigold is an popular Blues destination for Blues enthusiasts. He will be missed.