Pink Floyd will be in Sanford on Saturday.

Well, maybe not that Pink Floyd. But pretty close. Closer than you might think.

Many know the legendary British rock group got its moniker by combining the first names of bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, and that Council, who lived the last years of his life in Sanford, was laid to rest right here in Lee County (Anderson was from South Carolina, and there’s no evidence the two ever knew each other or performed together).

Last year, a mural depicting the two men and their connection to a band from the other side of the Atlantic was completed in downtown Sanford, and a celebration to officially dedicate it is planned for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Depot Park, with live music from locals and guests alike.

Among the performers will be the songs of Anderson and Council are “Little Pink Anderson,” who is set to visit on Saturday from out of state, and Floyd Council Jr., who still lives in Sanford. The men will perform their fathers’ music, while other local and regional musicians – among them Chad Spivey, David Watson, the Guy Unger Band, and more – will play music from Pink Floyd and other blues inspired artists.

Spivey is one of a group of locals who raised funds to pay for the mural, and he’s been a big part of planning Saturday’s event. Spivey said mural artist Britt Flood will be on hand, and the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society out of Greensboro will be there taking footage for an upcoming documentary.

“In the blues world, this is a huge deal,” Spivey said. “People are going to be coming from all over the world.”

Camelback Brewing Company will have a special beer brewed for the event, and items like shirts and raffle tickets will be available to raise money for the city of Sanford’s public art program.