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Delta String Band to Play Mighty Roots Festival


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Delta String Band to Play Mighty Roots Festival


The Third annual Mighty Roots Music Festival is returning to Stovall, MS September 22nd-23rd with a stacked lineup featuring headliners Moon Taxi, The Vegabonds, The Stews, Hans Williams, and WATSON; supported by Few Miles South, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Delta String Band, Papa Top’s West Coast Turnaround, and Alexis Jade & the Gemstones; followed by late night artists Stone Gas Band, Terry “Big T” Williams, Tuxedo Park, and Trey Gardo.




 

Official Press Release:

MOON TAXI, THE VEGABONDS, THE STEWS and HANS WILLIAMS Top Mighty Roots Music Festival Lineup for Sept. 22-23, 2023


Presented by WADE INC. – your North Mississippi John Deere dealer


STOVALL, Miss. —The Mississippi Delta’s newest major festival, the Mighty Roots Music Festival returns for its third iteration Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23 at the historic Stovall Farms, just outside of Clarksdale, Mississippi and 70 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. The third annual event promises music, revelry, art, food and even yoga!


Organizers describe the 2023 lineup as the strongest to date, featuring a wide range of roots, Americana and bluegrass artists who will perform at the Stovall Store and Gin Complex in Stovall, Mississippi - the place where famed bluesman Muddy Waters grew up and was first recorded.


Mighty Roots is a unique event, firmly connected to the agricultural community of the Mid-South and celebrating the many genres of music that can fit under the “roots” umbrella.


Sponsors include Visit Clarksdale, Sonic Drive-Ins, Cathead Distilleries, Delta Magazine, Clark Distributing, and Visit Mississippi.

Not only music, the Mighty Roots Music Festival offers a wide array of experiences, including:

• Great music, including late night stages until 2AM

• Discounted tickets for local residents

• Camping (with the first 40 campsites offered for free to ticket buyers!)

• The return of the curated Delta Artists Market

• Delta Cigar Company lounge

• Food trucks from Doe’s Eat Place, Sweet Brown Sugar, and more!

• Onsite yoga to start the festival on Saturday

• Full bar service including specialty drinks

• The traditional “burning of the guitar” at midnight Saturday


The music starts Friday September 22 at 5:30PM featuring:

• The return of 2022 crowd favorite The Vegabonds

• New Orleans musician (with Delta ties) Watson

• The retro country swing stylings of Papa Top’s West Coast Turnaround

• Country/Folk newcomer Alexis Jade and the Gemstones.

• After the main stage ends at 10:30, late night stages will feature blues by The

Stone Gas Band in the gin and singer/songwriter Trey Gardo (and friends) at

the Stovall Store.


Saturday’s lineup offers an amazing array of music and genres:

• “Rock with roots touchstones” from Nashville-based Moon Taxi

• High energy and eminently danceable music from The Stews

• Vermont native Hans Williams who is exploding onto the American festival

scene

• Country tinged Few Miles South (also a 2022 returning act)

• Reggae from Chinese Connection Dub Embassy

• Down-home bluegrass from the Delta String Band.

• Late night stages will feature Terry “Big T” Williams in the gin and a special

reunion of the New Orleans band Tuxedo Park (with special guests) in the

Stovall Store till the wee hours.


Because the venue has Qualified Resort Status in Mississippi, bars will stay open until

well after midnight.


Tickets are ON SALE June 1 and are available as Weekend Passes and as single day

tickets. Both VIP and General Admission tickets are available. Weekend passes cost

$140 VIP / $70 GA, Saturday tickets are $100 VIP / $50 GA, and Friday tickets are $60

VIP / $30 GA.


Tickets are available on the festival web site and on Eventbrite.com for both a single day and weekend pass basis. In addition to general admission tickets, a VIP ticket offers access to a private area in the historic gin building and special viewing areas,

while VIP Shuttle Packages offer transportation to and from Clarksdale to the event.

The festival offers a special ticket deal for Coahoma County, MS residents.. The

festival is offering 150 general admission Weekend Passes, as well as 150 Single Day

GA tickets for both Friday and Saturday at half price to Coahoma County residents who purchase tickets online. (Tickets must be picked up at WILL CALL at the event, and buyer MUST show proof of Coahoma County address. (Max 4 per buyer)

The festival is offering a FREE CAMPSITE to the first 40 ticket buyers who register for a

site when they purchase their ticket(s). After that, campsites will be $25. A limited

number of RV sites are also available. Camp site and RV slots are available as Addons to both VIP and GA festival weekend passes.


The festival is once again partnering with Delta Yoga Collective to offer a one-hour yoga session before gates open Saturday. Tickets for “Mimosas on the Mat” (which includes a free mimosa cocktail after the session) are available as an Add-on to any festival ticket.


2023 also marks the return of the wildly popular Delta Artists Market, a curated offering of painting, sculpture, photography, foods and hand-made items from Delta artisans with two dozen artists expected to participate. Also returning is the Delta Cigar Company mobile cigar lounge, offering hand rolled cigars, big screen TV and lounge area to catch all the SEC action.

The festival will continue its “Delta Burning Man” tradition at midnight on Saturday with the burning of a giant wooden guitar effigy on the famous “redneck tower” near the Stovall Store. This signature event has become the emblem of Mighty Roots and a great celebration of a festival well enjoyed.


The festival has again partnered with Delta Council, an area economic development organization representing the 19 Delta and part-Delta counties of Northwest Mississippi.


Delta Council will bring its Young Delta group of farmers and agribusiness stakeholders to an educational and social gathering at Mighty Roots on Friday night. Celebrating area agribusiness is a unique facet of Mighty Roots and fundamental to the event.


Friday’s musical highlights:

• Powerhouse alternative southern rock road warriors THE VEGABONDS bring

their high energy, hook heavy rock again to Mighty Roots. Hailing from Nashville,

TN with a portfolio of albums that include crowd favorite songs like Georgia Fire,

Shaky Hands, Partying with Strangers, and Heartache and a Memory, these

fellas guarantee a good time every time! And their new hit Tom Petty and The

Braves is burning up college radio!

• Watson Turnipseed is a multi-instrumentalist who recorded his debut EP “Simple

Syrup” outside of Cambridge, UK on a little sheep farm during the summer of

2019, from which you can feel the British influence. A year later Watson followed

up with his second EP, this time with a heavier rock sound: “Four Felonies Before

Noon,” live tracked in Los Angeles with the members of Heyrocco, and released

in August 2020. WATSON released their first LP in May 2022 titled “Swamp Pop

Pop,” recorded in New Orleans, Nashville, and Los Angeles. He is Watson

Turnipseed, whose grandfather Frank Mitchener is well known as a longstanding

leader in Delta agribusiness and a former president of the National Cotton

Council.


Saturday’s musical highlights:

• Once again ready to push the boundaries of their genre, Nashville based indie

alternative rock band MOON TAXI is back touring behind their sixth full length

album, Set Yourself Free. With sounds ranging from rock to synth to pop to

bluegrass, the new lineup showcases what 15 years as a band gets you: a

polished, classic sound without fear of exploration. The five-member group has

stepped back into their roots to create an album and a show primarily written and

recorded by themselves and set for release on their own label, 12th South

records.

• After releasing their debut album What It Was in April of 2022, THE STEWS

have been a non-stop touring machine, playing packed-out shows across the

country. Forming at Auburn University, the band ultimately decided to leave

school to meet the massive demand for their live shows. With sellout crowds

from Nashville to New York, Charleston to Dallas, and several in between, it is

clear that The Stews have graduated from their former "college band" label. A

Stews concert is a perfect blend of upbeat, singalong indie tunes and downright

headbanging hard rock.

• HANS WILLIAMS is an independent singer-songwriter from Norwich, Vermont

whose wistful, stirring alt-pop amassed over a million streams before he

graduated high school. Now a recent Tulane graduate, Williams continues to

experiment with producer and collaborator Phin Choukas with indie, folk, and

alternative sounds and to grow his fanbase in New Orleans and beyond,

highlighted by his recent sold out show at New Orleans’ Tipitina’s, Hans will

spend 2023 and 2024 performing across the U.S. and releasing new music.


• Lineup announcement sizzle reel

• Band photos

• Festival logo

• Lineup announcement post templates for social media

• 2022 sizzle video


Find The Might Roots Music Festival at:

info@mightyrootsmusicfestival.com

Facebook @mightyrootsmusicfestival

Instagram @mightyrootsmusicfestival

TikTok @mightyrootsmusicfestival

For more information on the region, go to VisitMississippi.org and VisitClarksdale.com.

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