Oxford Blues Festival set to make a comeback after COVID-19 canceled last year’s event

OXFORD, Miss. — The pandemic had many event organizers singing the blues last year.

But in North Mississippi this weekend, the blues are back in a good way and maybe bigger than ever.

Organizers of the Oxford Blues Festival said they expect a bigger turnout than normal.

They told us they normally get several hundred people a day but they are looking for a bigger turnout than that because they said a lot of people are looking to ger out and hear some live music.

“We are thrilled for things to be open again and as safe as possible,” said Kinney Ferris.

Ferris, who is visiting Oxford told us the Oxford Blues Festival couldn’t come at a better time than this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“We will see the blues fans coming in this weekend,” Ferris said. “It’s an off game weekend for Ole Miss football, so it is a great time to come into town and see the great lineup for blues.”

More than twenty acts are performing and there is also a blues food tour of several local restaurants.

The assistant manager at Moe’s Barbecue said it’s a way to get customers in the door.

“Well with Oxford food tours expands their options we give little samplers out to let them try the food and it will bring in more customers once they realize how good the food is,” Adrianna Basham said.

Tickets for the blues shows start at $35 dollars.

The Blues Food Tours get you into four restaurants with samples at each. Those tickets are $99.