Louie Bluie Fest celebrates Howard Armstrong

LAFOLLETTE -The seventh annual Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival celebrates the legacy of musician, artist and raconteur Howard Armstrong on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, Tenn. Admission is free, but a $2 per person or $5 per family donation is requested to help offset the cost of the festival and maintain its “no admission” status for the whole community.

The event, which draws approximately 8,000 attendees each year, features two stages of live music, food and craft vendors, children’s entertainment and activities, an art competition for amateur and professional artists, and a juried quilt exhibit.
The festival is named for and inspired by African American musician and artist Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong (1909-2003), who grew up poor in Campbell County and became one of the nation’s finest string-­band musicians as well as a painter, storyteller and master of foreign languages. He is the subject of two documentary films: 1985’s Louie Bluie by Terry Zwigoff, and Sweet Old Song, which aired on PBS in 2002 as part of the POV series. Armstrong’s obituary appeared in The New York Times.
For more information, visit Louiebluie.org or call the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce at 423-566-0329.