PINE BLUFF – Brass Note recipient and Beale Street Blues Legend, Vince Johnson & The Plantation All Stars will perform at the Catfish Friday Blues & Soul Night monthly series this April 26, 2024.

The performance will be held at the UAPB Incubator 615 South Main Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a local food vendor selling catfish dinners through the night. The main music attraction begins at 7:00 p.m.

This free music event is sponsored by the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission and co-sponsored by the UAPB Business Incubator and Delta Rhythm & Bayous Alliance.

Vince Johnson combines unique energy and musical skills in his performances, highlighting stories about his many varied experiences as a Beale Street musician. He grew up in a musical household in Chicago. His brother Carlos Johnson is a well-known guitarist in the Windy City, who has played with Otis Rush, Billy Branch, and Son Seals.

His other brother, Alan Johnson, is a spirited and colorful character who plays in the Plantation Allstars.

Vince began playing blues harp at age 19 looking to award-winning Billy Branch as a critical influence. When Vince later moved from Chicago to Memphis, he looked Branch up who was playing on Beale Street. Branch mentored him and helped him develop a more solid musical foundation as well as teaching him about showmanship and building audience rapport. As they say, the rest is history.

Vince has become a well-known Memphis and Delta region staple. His down-home performances draw tourists from far and near to experience his signature sounds. Among the highlights of his career was joining B.B. King in a jam session at B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street, along with Robert Cray and Etta James.

“Music is life,” says Johnson, “without music, the world would not survive. I want everybody who comes in to leave the trouble of the world beh