WABG Radio Presents...

  The 2nd Annual BenFest

September 2, 2023
From 12 Noon until Late

On the grounds of Studio-B
Columbus, Mississippi

Awesomeam.com is hosting our 7th annual music festival.
Bring your coolers and your tents. From 12 noon until late. 

This year's theme is centered around Amedee A. Frederick, "The Creole Blues Man" from Abita Springs, Louisiana. We will commission and dedicate "The Amedee Bottle Tree" in 2023. Special Honoree will be Mr. James Howard Meredith, civil rights activist who will receive the Benjamin J. Sims & Lingiam Odems, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award along with broadcasters Mr. Stan Allen & Dr. Tommy Williams.

 This year's recipients of The Benjamin J. Sims & Lingiam Odems, Integrity Awards will be presented to: Ms Edna Turner, Mr. Ike Walker, Mr. Robert Terrell  Ms. Terri Lynn Kathey, Mr. Chad Clark, Mr. Willie Moore, Sr., Mr. Luster Walker, Mr. R. H. Brown, and Mr. Randy Weeks. 

But you must RSVP this year by calling (662) 327-1789 or e-mail thejamespoe@yahoo.com.


The event is dedicated to our good friend, Benjamin J. Sims (March 25, 1945 - March 6, 2022), musician and the author of "Singing Rumplelstiltskin - Discovering The Pathway To The Best Days Of My Life"

Amazon.com: Singing Rumpelstiltskin: Discovering A Pathway To The Best Days Of My Life eBook:
Sims, Benjamin J.: Kindle Store

2023 Line-Up

• Amedee A. Frederick & The Ponchatrain Shakers
(Amedee "A5" Frederick & Jojjo Wight)
• Terri Lynn Kathey & Thunder Blues
• Keith & Margie
• Mississippi Marshall Deluxe
• Red Meat Rhetoric
• Emcee by Randy "Wildman" Brown
• Sound & Engineering by Phillip Savell

2023 Schedule

12:00 - 1:00  - Poe Opening/Welcome/Posting of Colors/Awards Presentations/Rollcall

1:00 - 1:15  -  Astonishing Expectations Presentation https://astonishingexpectations.org/

1:30 - 2:30 - Red Meat Rhetoric

2:30 - 3:30  - Keith & Margie

3:30 - 4:30 - Mississippi Marshall & Grayson Ackerland

4:30 - 5:30 - Amedee A. Frederick & The Pontchatrain Shakers (Amedee "A5" Frederick & Jojjo Wight) 

6:00 - 8:00 - Terri Lynn Kathey & Thunder Blues (Kevin Kathey, Jamie Bowles, Paolo Oliveira, Dee Jai Combs)

8:00 - Until Later - Free for all Jam Session  

Emcee:  Randy "Wildman" Brown  

Sound & Engineering:  Phillip Savell

Poster:  Rambling Steve Garnder

Portrait of Ben Sims:  Kenzo Miyata 

(Click on the images below to view their video link if available)

Amedee Creoleman Frederick & Amedee A5 Frederick

Randy Weeks

Donna Senders

Terri Lynn Kathey & Thunder Blues

Ben Sims

Ben Sims & Jimmy Glasmacher

Burlap Rebellion

Dorothy McClung Lewis

Jimmy Mayes

Jimmy Mayes & Johnny Riley

Johnny Drummer

Johnny Riley


Mississippi Marshall

Steve Gardner

Rini Kleijn

Shun Kikuta

Terri Lynn

Unity Festival
Promotional Video

by Steve Kelly

Money Road Unity
Festival Video

What is Ben Fest? (2023)

Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry Tribute by Poe on WABG Radio May 2023


Previous Festival Photos




Call us at (662) 299-9150  or Email us at thejamespoe@yahoo.com