Blind Willie McTell Music Festival

965 Stagecoach Rd NE,
Thomson, GA 30824

Annually, first Saturday in May

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Blind Willie McTell, one of the pioneers of country blues guitar, was born just south of Thomson, Georgia, in the area known as Happy Valley in McDuffie County. One of his most famous songs, “Statesboro Blues”, has been a staple for blues bands for decades. Many musicians consider McTell an influence, including Bob Dylan, who paid tribute to him with his song “Blind Willie McTell”.

The event is a celebration of roots music and the blues. The kind of musical event Blind Willie himself would have really enjoyed. Many past performers have been American Music Award winners and Grammy nominees.

Tickets: $30 Advanced/$40 Gate. Children 12 and under get in free. Rain or Shine.

Vendors: Food trucks, local restaurants and food vendors offer a wide variety of food, from snacks to full meals. Be sure to arrive hungry! The local arts council sets up a booth with blues/music related art and items for sale.

What To Bring: Cash is king! Most vendors do not take credit cards. All seating is lawn seating. Bring a blanket or low-back beach chair, camera, sunscreen. Tailgate tents are allowed in designated areas. No Coolers. No pets. More FAQs here