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Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival announces lineup

Kelle Jolly is one of the variety of artists scheduled to perform at the virtual Louise Bluie Music & Arts Festival Oct. 10.
The 2020 virtual Louie Bluie Music & Arts festival has a wide variety of talent lined up.

The event will stream live on Oct. 10 starting at 11 a.m. from the Alex Haley Farm. You’ll be able to replay it at that time as well as later on at

To register for free tickets, visit the Louie Bluie festival announcement on eventbrite!

This festival without borders will feature the following artists:

• Dom Flemons

• Armstrong Legacy Trio

• Ramoth Gilliead (the Really Bad)

• Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

• Kasey Moore with Tony Branam

• Louie Bluie Foot Stompers

• Jeanine Fuller

• Nancy Brennan Strange

• Black Atticus

• Kelle Jolly

• Carie Ferra

Not only does the Louie Bluie Festival have a great lineup, but it will also feature interviews with folks who knew the man behind the music: Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong. And with the understanding that the maker’s village that was so popular during the festival is just as valuable as the performers, the website will now provide links to all the artisans who submited applications.

“We’ve found inspiration during these trying times,” said Manuel Mesa, director of the Campbell Culture Coalition, which organizes the festival. “This inspiration is resulting in a vision that will bond us together as a community and open new pathways for us all to be connected. We can’t wait to share it with you all.”

You’ll be able to watch it on any of your devices, from any location, and will have the opportunity to interact with your community on social media as you watch the show.

“We believe the end result will be valuable for years — even decades — to come,” said Mesa. “We want to take the knowledge and technology we’ve explored this year, integrate that, and push things to the next level in years to come.”

This year’s sponsors include the Tennessee Arts Commission through the General Assembly, The Tennessee Humanities Grant, The East Tennessee Foundation, Campbell County Government and Commission, The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, and the Children’s Defense Fund/Alex Haley Farm.

The Virtual Louie Bluie Festival will be available on the festival website, and other online sources.

Follow and interact with the festival on Facebook (,, and check media references for the launch date.