Foo Foo Festival 2015


Pensacola’s 12-Day Coastal Cultural Celebration Will Resume November 4 – 15, 2021

Contact: For questions, please contact curator@acepensacola.org

IMPORTANT NOTE: This cancelation applies to primary Foo Foo Fest grant-funded events only. A number of events are added each year, and placed under our marketing umbrella as “Friends of Foo.” However, whether these events occur or not, is not under the purview of the Foo Foo Festival or Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. Please check the websites and/or social media pages of your favorite Friends of Foo for updates on the status of their individual events moving forward.


The nonprofit organization, Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE), announced on April 2, 2020, that the 7th Annual Foo Foo Festival slated for November 5-16, 2020 has been canceled due to the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Foo Foo Festival will resume November 4-15, 2021 in Pensacola, Fla.

“Our board voted unanimously to suspend Foo Foo Festival this year in light of the pandemic,” said David Bear, trustee emeritus for Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. “The timing for committing financially for 2020 is now and we felt it would be irresponsible to begin our process during this uncertain and precarious time. We look forward to getting back to business as usual next year.”

For more information and updates about the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, visit www.FooFooFest.com or follow Foo Foo Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For ongoing news and updates please visit ACEPensacola.org.

The Foo Foo Festival celebrates art, music, dance, theatre, cuisine and more with programming from grant recipients, throughout the city of Pensacola for nearly two weeks. Strategically positioned in and around some of Pensacola’s most popular events, the Foo Foo Fest encourages cultural tourists to make Pensacola an arts destination those two weeks. Foo Foo Festival’s impressive roster of events has become highly anticipated for its outstanding grant recipients who celebrate individual experiences specific to their craft and in 2019, the festival gave a total of $400,000 in grant funding to artists.

About Art, Culture, Entertainment, Inc. (ACE)

ACE is a nonprofit organization that receives Federal, State of Florida, Escambia County, City of Pensacola, corporate, foundation and personal funds. ACE disperses these funds through an equitable granting process to nonprofit arts, culture and entertainment organizations throughout Escambia County, Fla., and promotes Escambia County as an arts and cultural destination through the annual Foo Foo Festival and other marketing efforts. For more information about ACE, visit www.acepensacola.org.


Five Sister Blues Cafe Welcomes The Amazing Jimmi Mayes

Nov. 7, 6:00 p.m.

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Tickets: Open to Public, No Ticket Required

Five Sisters Blues Cafe

Event Info

Five Sisters Blues Café is proud to welcome blues musician, The Amazing Jimmi Mayes, to the Belmont- DeVilliers neighborhood in Pensacola, Florida on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Mr. Mayes will perform live at Five Sisters Blues Café with The Truth featuring Tony Pasko and Cat Rhodes. Mayes will entertain with his music and stories from his historic career, spanning over fifty years. At the conclusion of the show, Mr. Mayes will have copies of his book, The Amazing Jimmi Mayes: Sideman to the Stars, available for purchase and signing.

Jimmi Mayes has a rich history as an entertainer and recording artist; vocalist, drummer and author which he details in a book about his life. Mayes played and toured with Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Robert Junior Lockwood, and moreover the course of his career. He backed Marvin Gaye and later became the bandleader for Joey Dee & the Starliters who had a monster hit the “Peppermint Twist” during the time Jimmi Hendrix was with them. Mayes became good friends with Jimi Hendrix and eventually, he was asked by Jimi Hendrix to record with him. Mayes is on four of Hendrix’s albums.

Mayes makes his home in Jackson, Mississippi and continues his entertaining journey. He published a memoir of his adventures in 2013, The Amazing Jimmi Mayes: Sideman to the Stars and was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2018 he was the headliner for “An Evening With the Blues” in Bolzano, Italy. Additionally, he released an exciting new Blues Album “My Whole Life’s A Shuffle” July 2018 recorded at the B.B. King recording studio in Mississippi.

Five Sisters Blues Café is located at 421 West Belmont, the former home of Gussie’s Record Shop, on the corner of Belmont and DeVilliers streets. is a restaurant built on some of Pensacola’s deepest musical history right in the heart of historic downtown Pensacola. This corner is the home to the Pensacola’s Mississippi Blues Marker, the second one in the state of Florida which commemorates this musical heritage.

Five Sisters features soulful, Southern dishes and offers daily blackboard and house specialties. Live blues music Thursday – Sunday. Hours 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, please visit our website, www.fivesistersbluescafe.com.

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