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Annual John Cephas Festival gets the axe

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm

The late John Cephas

The Bowling Green Town Council had to make the tough decision to cancel the annual John Cephas Piedmont Blues Festival at its meeting on Thursday, March 2.

This year’s festival would have marked the third time the event had taken place. The festival was slated to be held on June 10.

“I think it has lived its short life,” Bowling Green mayor Jason Satterwhite said.

John Cephas was a renowned blues guitarist that called Caroline County his home. Cephas was born in Washington, D.C., but was raised in Bowling Green, 75 miles to the south.

Throughout his life, Cephas retained a close connection to the town. He worked in Washington, D.C. as a carpenter at the armory of the Army National Guard, but he built his house in Woodford.

Cephas’ music was made known in the duo group of Cephas and Wiggins with fellow musician Phil Wiggins. The duo recorded more than a dozen albums and traveled to more than 50 countries, as well as to the White House in 1999.

Cephas died on March 4, 2009 at his Woodford home in Caroline County.

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