GREATER CLEMSON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016
HISTORY OF THE GREATER CLEMSON MUSIC FESTIVAL
In 2011 a small group of people, with a keen interest in blues music, organized what became the Greater Clemson Blues Festival. With encouragement and direction from Clemson Mayor Larry Abernathy the festival was launched.
It was known as Nothin’ But the BluesFest that year and was held over a three-day weekend. As our Festival grew we realized we needed to encompass more than just Blues and became the Greater Clemson Music Festival, adding Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Gospel andRoots (Country) artists to the lineup. The inspiration for the Festival comes from Littlejohn’sGrill, a popular African American restaurant/hotel/nightclub that existed just as WWII ended until about 1968. The owners of the Grill were Horace and Gertrude Littlejohn. The Littlejohn’s became famous for their good food and the quality entertainment they brought to the area. Dozens of well-known black performers of that era played Littlejohn’s Grill: James Brown, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Otis Redding, and The Supremes.
This area has a strong association with popular music from jazz and blues to R&B and rock. Over the years groups
such as The RollingStones, Eagles, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel and Elton John have performed at Clemson University and other venues. The Festival is a 501c3 non-profit working with local charities to benefit their programs. Please be in touch with us if you would like to learn more about how we can help your program
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$500 Grand Prize
Plus 2 events passes for the winning entry of the
5th Annual Greater Clemson Music Festival
2016 POSTER ART CONTEST
Help us create a fabulous, collectable FINE ART POSTER to be sold as a keepsake souvenir commemorating the music festival’s fast-growing success.
This year’s festival will be held April 15th-23rd, 2016.
for detailed information and entry form.
ELIGIBILITY: Competition is open to the general public.
DEADLINE: 5 p.m. on Monday, February 29th 2016.
THEME: "We have it all: Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, and Roots,"
Pickens, SC 29671
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