When the Bona Fide Blues Festival takes a set of stages in Overton Square and the Cooper-Young neighborhood next month, it will mark a return that’s been a long time coming.
But it also will offer something new.
Memphis Blues Society president John Gemmill sees it as a successor to the three-day 1969 country blues festival. Held at the nearby Overton Park Shell, it was a seminal gathering of several generations of blues musicians, all of whom had a connection to the Memphis region.
“It’s all blues. It’s country blues, city blues, kind of soul blues,” said Gemmill, who leads the organization presenting the Oct. 2 and 3 event. “It’s 100 percent. That’s why we call it bona fide.”