Roscoe Willis, president of the Port City Blues Society, has announced a monthly blues concert series, in collaboration with MK Distributors and RJ’s Grill & Bar, to take place on the first Saturday of every month in historic downtown Pine Bluff.
The series, “Blues By Budweiser,” will take place at RJ’s Grill & Bar, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and music beginning at 8 p.m. Port City Blues Society members will enjoy free admission, and a $5 cover fee will be charged to nonmembers.
“The history of blues is rich in this area,” Willis says. “We want to help raise awareness of that legacy and to encourage established as well as younger musicians to continue expressing themselves through the blues. The lineup for Blues By Budweiser is an impressive collection of experienced and rising blues artists.”
The concert series will feature regional blues artists from the Delta of Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and beyond. Starting in March with Bluesboy Jag, there are 11 more concerts scheduled through February 2023, including Fonky Donkey, Jerry McCoy & The Groove Diggers, Detroit Johnny & Company, D.K. Herrell, La La Craig & Element 88, Chad Marshall Band, Deak Harp Duo, Kent Burnside, Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain, Sean Bad Apple and Arkaholics.
“We are proud to support Blues By Budweiser,” says Nick Makris, president of MK Distributors. “The history and culture of Pine Bluff is something we hope to share with others as they make their way to our city to hear some of the best blues musicians from the Delta southland.”
Port City Blues Society, an affiliated member of The Blues Foundation, seeks to preserve and promote blues music, the culture of the Delta blues and educate the public about the history of the blues in the region. The society also hosts a free weekly blues jam every Wednesday evening at RJ’s Grill & Bar, where area musicians play live blues from 8 to 11 p.m.