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Published: 4/14/2009

Robert Johnson

Free Celebration Marks Robert Johnson Birthday Celebration

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI  - It's his birthday but the party is for you! The Robert Johnson Blues Foundation announced the  annual birthday celebration honoring the birth of Robert Johnson will be free.this year. According to Foundation vice president, Steven Johnson, "My father and family decided that in light of our nation's economic situation, we would provide a free, family day for all of those wishing to honor my grandfather's memory."  The event, is scheduled for Saturday  May 9, 2009  from 2-7 p.m. in Crystal Springs at the Chautauqua Park,

The unique event  is the only event sanctioned by and benefiting the Robert Johnson Foundation, organized and run by the descendants of the legendary musician.  The festival will feature several nationally recognized artists including Stevie J Blues Eruption, Mo Thomas, the Straitway Ministries Choir, and other special guests.  Also featured will be a special legacy tribute to Robert Johnson featuring his grandson Seven and Gabriel Lambrith, the 2008 New Generation winner.

An additional highlight of the festival will be the awarding of the 2009  Gibson - Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award.  This award  recognizes the year's most promising young , blues musician between the ages of 12-18.

Food vendors and games for the children will also be on hand to make the party a fun family day.

For more information about the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation,  the Spring Festival, Generation please visitww.robertjohnsonbluesfoundation.org/">www.robertjohnsonbluesfoundation.org

Sponsors of the festival include SESAC, the Gibson Guitar Foundation,Copiah Bank, Kitchens Law Firm and Tillmans.