March 2001 Issue
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Coming Events

The public is invited to the Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival Poster Unveiling which will be held March 13, 2001 at 5:00pm at First National Bank, 502 Cherry Street in Downtown Helena, Arkansas. This will be the first glimpse of official poster that will be used for the 16th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival. The King Biscuit Blues Festival is known worldwide and has the reputation for being one of the premiere blues festivals, which will be held this year on October 4-6, 2001. The poster will also be unveiled online by going to beginning March 19th. Here you will be able to see the official poster as well as place your advance order. The Poster unveiling is sponsored by First National Bank of Phillips County.

New Appointments

Jerry Wenzel has been named Public Information & Media Director. Jerry's role is to assist local, regional & national news organizations depict accurate information about the festival. Jerry has played different roles for the festival first as the 300,400 & 500 block Chairman then as the Anything But Blues Stage Chairman. Local Media & College Campus Representatives are needed, if you would like to help in this area, please let Jerry know. If you have or would like information about the festival feel free to contact Jerry at 870-338-8831 or email

Teena Levine has been named Volunteer Chairman. Teena will help recruit and schedule volunteers throughout the festival. If you would like to volunteer you can contact her at 870-338-8101/870-338-8979 or email her at

Dorothy Cook has been named Communications Chairman. Dorothy will coordinate the Friends of the Biscuit and onsite packet pickup area as well as overseeing the assignments of equipment

Shirley Miles and Robin James were named co-chairmen for the Isle of Capri Blues Bucks Booths. Shirley and Robin will be responsible for the operations and staff of the booths that are found throughout the festival area. Volunteers are needed in this area.

Leon Rinke will serve as Food Chairman after serving many years as Blues Buck Chairman. Leon will oversee the operation of the food vendors. Vendors may contact him at or 870 572-5023.

Paulette Parker has been named Southwestern Bell Information Tent Chairman. Paulette volunteered last year to help with the alternative stage.

Henri Bellows has been named as our New England Representative. Henri is a long time friend of the festival and we are honored to have him with us. Henri will be contacting area blues radio stations and blues organization in the New England area for the festival.

Amy Collier has been named as Local Media Coordinator for Mississippi State, Mississippi and surrounding areas. Amy with the help of Sarah and Jonathan will assist in the release of information in this area for the Media Director. We all wish to thank them for their support.


Isle of Capri
The Isle of Capri will return this year as Sustaining Corporate Sponsor. In addition to their sponsorship the Isle of Capri has been kind enough to donate the administrative cost of the festival for the next four years. Be sure to thank the Isle of Capri and show your support.

Cable Rep Advertising
Cable Rep Advertising comes to us as a new Sustaining Corporate Sponsor. They will bring us their expertise and resource's to advertise in markets in a seven-state radius of Helena. Please show your support to this company.

Coca-Cola comes to us this year as a Sponsor. We are happy to have them on board this year.

If you wish to become a King Biscuit Blues Festival sponsor contact Liz Harrison at


Directors Corner
Well it's been roughly six weeks since I was officially hired by Main Street Helena to be the 16th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival, Executive Director. In that short time exciting and positive advancements have transpired. Thank you to Isle of Capri, Cable Rep Advertising and Coca-Cola. I would like to thank all of the above mentioned for their dedication and participation in the production and success of the festival.

I am extremely excited about the prospects ahead and can't wait until I hear the first strain of music from the Main Stage floating over the levee. Of course, between now and then I have a few things to do. Be sure and visit our web site for more information at .

Until next time - to quote a good friend,
Peace, Love & KBBF

P.S. I am interested in your input so if you have questions or suggestions please call me at 870-338-8798 or email me at

Liz Harrison, Executive Director

Coming in our next newsletter
Article on the "Friends of the Festival"
Director's Corner
Upcoming events
New Chairmen & Sponsors
Musician's Corner
Breaking News
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