"This event has grown so much in just a year," said Cleveland Tourism Director Kelli Cotton. "We have such an influx of visitors, both domestic and international, during these festivals, so it just made sense to create a variety of events in many different towns to keep them in the area and let them experience many venues and visit historic places they might have missed.
"It just shows what can happen when people work together for a common cause."
Bridging the Blues offers music fans a packed calendar, highlighted by the venerable King Biscuit Blues Festival on Oct. 10-12 in Helena, Arkansas, and the new Mighty Mississippi Music Festival on Oct. 4-6 in Greenville, which incorporates the decade-old Highway 61 Blues Festival, formerly held in nearby Leland.
The Cleveland area is hosting multiple events as part of BTB. The week kicks off with a Dockery Blues Jam and Historical Tour on Tuesday, and again on Thursday from 1-4 p.m.
Airport Grocery will host blues singer Buddy Flett on Wednesday beginning at 8 p.m.
Po Monkey's Juke Joint will also see several events, once with Bill "Howlin Madd" Perry on Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. and once again on Oct. 8 featuring the All Night Long Blues Band.
The Easton Selby exhibit at the Capps Archives at Delta State will also be running during this time, giving visitors the opportunity to glimpse through the photographer's eye of the Delta.
Bridging the Blues is a partnership between Mississippi Delta Tourism Association, Arkansas Delta Byways, Arkansas Parks & Tourism, the Mississippi Development Authority Division of Tourism, and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. It recently won the Mississippi Tourism Association's Achievement Award at the 2013 Governor's Conference on Tourism.
For more information, visit the website www.bridgingtheblues.com, or call the chamber at (662) 843-2712.