In addition to contests & workshops,
there are many other fun events during the weekend
All events are family-friendly!
→See Schedule page for full details
The Tune-ups Party
Thursday, May 24 – 7:00 pm
The Tune-ups Party kicks off the weekend’s activities as contestants and guests arrive in Oxford. Shuttle service from the Hampton Inn is available to and from the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on the Square. There is metered parking in front of the Club and ample free parking in the lots behind the Club. Food and drink is available for purchase. Renew friendships and discover new friends as performers try out their selections for the weekend contests.
Double-decker Bus Tour
Friday, May 25 – 10:00 am
The double-decker bus will meet you in the Band Circle in front of the Music Building and will depart by 10 am for a tour of the Ole Miss campus, the renowned Blues Archive and deliver you to the Chancellor’s House for lunch.
Guided Tour of the UM Blues Archive
Friday, May 25 – 11:00 am
Join us for a narrated double-decker bus tour of the Ole Miss campus and enjoy a guided tour of the Blues Archive by curator Greg Johnson. The bus will then take you to the Chancellor’s House for a musical luncheon with four-time champion Adam Swanson.
Luncheon with Adam Swanson
Friday, May 25 – 12:00 pm
After the Double-decker tour, join us at the Chancellor’s House for lunch with four-time Champion and co-emcee for the Contest, Adam Swanson.
Duet Contest & Ragfest
Friday, May 25 – 7:30 pm
The Duet Contest moves to the Chancellor’s House this year so we can settle in for the evening without being rushed. Immediately following the contest comes the traditional afterglow party with pianists playing all night long.
Silent Movie Luncheon
Saturday, May 26 – 11:45 am
Enjoy a box lunch within the confines of the Music Building inbetween the morning and afternoon Preliminary Rounds with guest artist Frederick Hodges providing live accompaniment to a couple of classic silent films, the way it was done before “talkies” became the norm.
Dinner with the Guest Artists
Saturday, May 26 – 6:30 pm
Our three guest artists perform for you during a buffet dinner at the Chancellor’s House at the conclusion of Saturday’s contest and before the Sing-along. Take in the amazing talent of Frederick Hodges, Tom Hook & Julia McClarey while you dine, and stay for the Sing-along afterwards.
Saturday, May 26 – 8:00 pm
A favorite of many, the Old-Time Sing-along just got bigger and better! Ted Lemen leads the audience in spirited renditions of some of the all-time favorite tunes from days gone by. All the lyrics are up on the big screen in case you forget some! Stay a bit later to listen to many of the performers take their turns at the piano.
Sunday Worship Service
Sunday, May 27 – 10:55 am
Looking for an opportunity to attend church on Sunday morning? Join us at Oxford University Methodist Church just down the street from the Music Building for an “old-time” worship service featuring music from Julia McClarey, Adam Swanson & Bill Edwards. Click on the link for directions or take the shuttle from the hotel.
Red, White & Blue Farewell Party
Sunday, May 27 – 8:00 pm
It’s sad, but this will be the final time to celebrate with friends before the long journey home. Come out and celebrate the service and music of the army, navy, air force, marines and coast guard on this special weekend. If you were in the service, stand up and be recognized for your contribution! Enjoy one last chance to take in the awesome talent arrayed under one roof! *FREE Admission for veterans!