Fans Fight to Save "King Biscuit"

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bluesfest, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. bluesfest


    Mar 8, 2006
    Fans of the Helena, Arkansas based Blues Festival formerly known as the
    "King Biscuit Blues Festival" started a grassroots effort to "Keep the
    Biscuit" in Helena after a New York Company and Memphis based Performa
    Entertainment forced the non-profit Helena festival to stop using the
    name. .

    "The grassroots efforts started with personal letters to the two
    businesses from talent agents and artist" stated Wayne Andrews, Director
    of the Festival in Helena," but now the fans are angry and have started an
    online petition to alert music fans to the confusion about the name and
    it's move to Memphis." The petition has quickly circulated and has now
    reached Europe with 2,000 names and comments. New comments are being
    added every minute.

    The King Biscuit name started in Helena when a local flower company
    sponsored the first blues show which featured African American performers.
    This radio show introduced the blues to a wide audience and made many of
    the blues legends we know house hold names. In the 1980's a non profit
    group launched the "King Biscuit Blues Festival" honoring this ground
    breaking radio show, and the blues. "The town thought they had the right
    to use the name after signing a contract with the radio station that
    broadcast the King Biscuit radio show." But a New York Company acquired
    the name through purchases and court action against the Helena radio
    station owner and stopped the festival from using the name after failing
    to reach a licensing deal.

    "Fans are letting the new owners of the name know that it is not just a
    name but something very personal to music fans. New York and Performa of
    Memphis may own the name but they don't own the history of the name."
    commented Wayne Andrews

    "This on-line petition has enabled us to share with music fans the story
    of how our name was taken from us and give the fans a voice." stated Wayne

    To see the petition:
  2. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    so you just joined the forum, you have one post and it is about this event, and your name is in reference to it.