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Scroll down for A) Festivals.  B) Featured accommodations.  C) Monthly club/event listings D) Extra info.

Visit Cat Head's Clarksdale Guide for hotels, tours/transportation & tourism maps.

See why Clarksdale IS "The Festival City," y'all! Book hotel rooms now...

2020 CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI, FESTIVALS:

- 1/24-26, 2020 - 10th annual Clarksdale Film & Music Festival - www.clarksdalefilmfestival.com

- 4/16-19, 2020 - Juke Joint Festival & Related EventsCANCELLED (due to national health crisis); smaller tribute online - Book rooms now for April 15-18, 2021; fest updates at www.jukejointfestival.com

- 4/16-18, 2020 - Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival (at The Holy Moly) - TENTATIVELY RESCHEDULED to 11/5-7, 2020, deltabluesdulcimerrevival.com

- 4/19, 2020 - Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (post-JJF) - CANCELLED (due to national health crisis), www.cathead.biz

- 5/9, 2020 - 14th Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest (Cat Head/Bluesberry/Bad Apple Blues Club) - POSTPONED (due to national health crisis) - www.clarksdalecaravan.com

- 5/23, 2020 - Red's Old-Timers Blues Fest (MLK Park Stage) - CANCELLED (due to national health crisis), https://www.gofundme.com/f/2nd-annual-red039s-oldtimers-blues-festival

- 5/29-31, 2020 - Goat Fest VII - CANCELLED (due to national health crisis), https://www.facebook.com/GOAT-FEST-III-568833646616346/

- 6/9-12, 2020 - Pinetop Perkins Foundation Masterclass Workshop Experience - CANCELLED (due to national health crisis), www.pinetopperkinsfoundation.org

- 6/20, 2020 - Birthplace of American Music (B.A.M.) Festival - CANCELLED (due to national health crisis), www.bamfestms.com

- 7/10-11, 2020 - Oh Brother Fiddler & Fried Green Tomatoes Festival w/Hank Burdine & friends at Shack Up Inn - CANCELLED (due to national health crisis).

- 8/7-9, 2020 - 33rd Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival - CANCELLED (due to national health crisis), www.sunflowerfest.org

- 8/8, 2020 - NOTE DATE CHANGE TO SATURDAY - Cat Head 18th Anniversary Party w/free live blues outside TBA - www.cathead.biz

- 9/5 - 2020 - Mag Fest returns to Clarksdale - TENTATIVE.

- 9/26, 2020 - 2nd Yazoo Avenue Jazz Festival (200 block of Yazoo, downtown) - TENTATIVE.

- 10/2-3, 2020 - Mighty Roots Music Festival at Stovall Farm, www.mightyrootsmusicfestival.com - POSTPONED TILL 2021.

- 10/3, 2020 - Deak’s Harmonica Block Party STILL SCHEDULED AS OF AUGUST, www.deakharp.com

(- 10/7-10, 2020 - King Biscuit Blues Festival & Symposium in nearby Helena, AR, kingbiscuitfestival.comMOVING ONLINE.

- 10/11, 2020 - Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (post-Biscuit), www.cathead.biz. POSTPONED TILL 2021.

- 10/11, 2020 - Super Blues Sunday - POSTPONED TILL 2021.

- 10/15-18, 2020 - Deep Blues Fest - DBF acts cancelled; small outdoor music planned near Shacks instead, www.deepbluesfest.com

- 10/15-17, 2020 - Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival, https://deltawilliamsfestival.com/MOVING ONLINE.

- 10/31, 2020 - Hambone Festival blues), http://www.stanstreet.com/hambone-festival.html - STILL "ON"!

- 10/31, 2020 - Cruzn Crossroads Car & Truck Show - Blues & roots music (approx 11-3), https://www.facebook.com/Cruzn-the-Crossroads-Car-Truck-Show-1569738336652415/ - STILL "ON"!

-  12/4-5,  2020 - Burdine's Blues & Greens Festival at Shack Up Inn, www.bbgfestival.com- TENTATIVE.

- Late December 2020 - tentative Kingfish Homecoming Weekend II (stay tuned for more info)!

- NEW YEAR'S EVE 2020 - Party at the Crossroads; it's Clarksdale's annual New Year's blues blowout at Red's, Ground Zero, Hambone, Hopson and other venues!- TENTATIVE.

PLAN NOW FOR 2021 CLARKSDALE FESTIVALS:

- 1/29-31, 2021 - 11th Clarksdale Film & Music Festival - www.clarksdalefilmfestival.com

- Sun., 4/11, 2021 - Mr. Tater's Memorial Birthday Bash at Bad Apple Blues Club, 6-8pm.

- 4/15-18, 2021 - 17th Juke Joint Festival & Related Events w/Kingfish, Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band, Super Chikan and 100 more blues acts (headline event Sat., 4/17/21) - www.jukejointfestival.com

- 4/18, 2021 - Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (post-JJF), www.cathead.biz

- 5/8, 2021 - 15th Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest (Cat Head/Bluesberry/Bad Apple Blues Club) - www.clarksdalecaravan.com

- 5/29, 2021 - 3rd Red's Old-Timers Blues Fest (MLK Park Stage) - https://www.gofundme.com/f/2nd-annual-red039s-oldtimers-blues-festival

- 5/29-31, 2021 - Goat Fest VII www.facebook.com/GOAT-FEST-III-568833646616346/

- 8/?-?, 2021 - 34th Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival - www.sunflowerfest.org

- 8/?, 2021 - Cat Head 19th Anniversary - www.cathead.biz

- 10/10, 2021 - Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (post-Biscuit) - www.cathead.biz

- 10/10, 2021 - Super Blues Sunday: Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (9am), Bluesberry Cafe Blues Breakfast (10am), Delta Blues Museum special hours (noon), Ground Zero Blues Club blues brunch (11am), Hopson Commissary/Shack Up Inn's Pinetop Perkins Celebration (3pm), Levon's Sunday Ramble (3:30pm), Hooker Grocer + Eatery (5pm), Red's Juke Joint Jam (7pm), Bad Apple Blues Club (7pm) and more!

- 10/14-17, 2021 - Deep Blues Fest & Delta Busking Stages (heavy blues, rock, Americana), www.deepbluesfest.com

PLUS, NEARBY...

- 5/6, 2021 - Memphis, TN - Blues Music Awards (BMAs) w/Blues Hall of Fame inductions on 5/5, www.blues.org

- 10/6-9, 2021 - Helena, AR - King Biscuit Blues Festival & Symposium, kingbiscuitfestival.com

MORE EVENT INFORMATION:

- Visit Clarksdale & Coahoma County Tourism, https://www.visitclarksdale.com/

- Mississippi Blues Trail, www.msbluestrail.org

- Highway 61 blogspot, https://highway61music.blogspot.com/

- City of Clarksdale, http://www.cityofclarksdale.org/
- Clarksdale/CC Chamber of Commerce, http://www.clarksdale-ms.com

- Mississippi Tourism (MDA - tourism), www.visitmississippi.org

BLUES ON THE DELTA'S RADIO DIAL:
- XRDS.FM - Clarksdale blues 'n roots music radio, https://www.internet-radio.com/station/xrds/
- MPB Radio/Hwy 61 Radio Show - http://www.mpbonline.org/highway61/
- WROX 97.5FM/1450AM - Clarksdale; blues on Saturday nights, http://wroxradio.com/
- KFFA 1360AM - "King Biscuit Time", 12:15pm weekdays, http://www.kffa.com/2015/11/11/king-biscuit-time-show-audio/

 

ADVERTISE HERE! Join the list of banners below — Just $50 per month. (Offer open to blues/tourism businesses/events that we can sincerely recommend.) Email roger@cathead.biz

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Visit Clarksdale, Mississippi:

 
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Where's the music?

 

WROX RADIO CALENDARS for Clarksdale, MS:
Music - www.wroxradio.com/calendar/concert-calendar
Events - www.wroxradio.com/calendar/event-calendar

AMERICANA MUSIC TRIANGLE: americanamusictriangle.com

MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL CALENDAR: msbluestrail.org/calendar

LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE TOUR GUIDE:

http://digital.livingblues.com/publication/?i=226901#%7B%22issue_id%22:226901,%22page%22:1%7D

Cat Head Blues Store is OPEN! "CAT HEAD STORE OPEN Monday-Saturday from 11am-4pm (or by appointment or happenstance) at 252 Delta Avenue in historic downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi! Mask up, please (Need mask? We have free paper ones and maybe some nicer ones for sale); limited number of adults inside at a time; social distancing observed; use touchless hand-sanitizer dispenser inside door." - Roger Stolle, owner.

SEPT/OCT 2020

HELP US PUT ON MORE PUBLIC MUSIC: Please follow all State and Federal health orders and recommendations. If we do the following, then we can have more and more "live" in-person music and events; if not, then we will have to return everything to "virtual" or turn out the lights till next year. Thanks, y'all!

  - hand wash/sanitize often, please.

  - social distancing required at all times (min. 6 feet).

  - face masks required inside and outside where social distancing is not possible.

  - musicians ask that fans please stay 12 feet away during performances; wear masks when approaching before/after shows.

  - some venues require temperature check upon entrance.

  - note limited indoor capacities/outdoor attendances as outlined by State or venues.

If you're feeling sick or simply uncomfortable with the details above, then please stay home, and watch our shows online. We can wait to see you next year. Thanks for your help.

SOUNDS AROUND TOWN CALENDAR
Definitions for calendar below:

- "VIRTUAL" - Strictly live-streaming via LiveFromClarksdale.org; closed to public.
- "PUBLIC" - Live, in-person music open to the public (but not live-streamed).
- "PUBLIC/VIRTUAL" - Watch online or in-person; the best of both worlds!!

All times are Clarksdale CDT. See above for MS governor's health restrictions. (Please safe and courteous, y'all.)

For "VIRTUAL" shows, watch via www.livefromclarksdale.org (unless noted otherwise):
Tuesday, 9/1

- 7pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Preston Rumbaugh w/Big A & Lee Williams (socially-distanced w/State health rules in place) at Hambone Gallery (111 E. 2nd St.).

Wednesday, 9/2

- 8pm - VIRTUAL - Lucious Spiller plays from home (on Lucci Spiller Facebook page).

Thursday, 9/3

- 2:30pm - VIRTUAL - Lucious Spiller plays matinee from home (on Lucci Spiller Facebook page).

- 7pm - VIRTUAL/PUBLIC - LaLa Craig, Stan Street & Jam Session at Hambone Gallery (111 E. 2nd St.).

- 8pm - VIRTUAL - GZBC & Hooker Grocer present "Deep Fried Blues" w/Anthony "Big A" Sherrod (via FB page).

Friday, 9/4

- 12 noon - PUBLIC - Sadie Lamp duo plays outside on Cat Head porch (252 Delta Ave.); social distancing outside; mask required inside (max 10 people inside; max 20 people outside).

- 5pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - A Tale of Two Johns w/John Mohead & John Ruskey launch The Moon Lake Experience (created by parent company Shared Experiences USA — paddle+picnic on the lake here!).  Live in-person by Sunflower River behind Quapaw Canoe Co (291 Sunflower Ave.).

- 7pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Jodi James & Clay Parker w/Eric Schmitt in Collective Seed & Supply courtyard in-person & on Collective's FB page.

Saturday, 9/5

- 6pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Lightnin' Malcolm in Shack Up Inn courtyard and on his FB page.

- 9pm - VIRTUAL - Lucious Spiller plays from home (on Lucci Spiller Facebook page).

Sunday, 9/6

- 10am music (8:30am food) - PUBLIC - "Pop-up" BLUES BREAKFAST for Labor Day Sunday in BACK ALLEY BAR (behind venue) w/Watermelon Slim; Gov Exec Health Order in effect, so social distancing outside with masks when not eating/drinking (max 20 people permitted outside).

- 1pm - VIRTUAL - Mississippi Marshall's Social Distancing Tour (every Sunday from his FB page).

- 1pm - VIRTUAL - Gary Vincent performs at Clarksdale Stuck in the House Party (on his business Facebook page).

- 6pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Lightnin' Malcolm w/Prayer Bailey in Shack Up Inn courtyard on Shack Up Inn FB page. 

Monday, 9/7

- 7pm - VIRTUAL/PUBLIC - Anthony "Big A" Sherrod from Bluesberry Cafe FB page.

Tuesday, 9/8

- 7pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - David Dunavent (socially-distanced w/State health rules in place) at Hambone Gallery (111 E. 2nd St.).

Wednesday, 9/9

- 7pm - VIRTUAL - Lucious Spiller plays from home (on Lucci Spiller Facebook page).

Thursday, 9/10
- 10am - VIRTUAL - Video tribute to "the Delta's last street musician," bluesman Foster "Music Maker" Wiley — 10 years gone — posted to YouTube.com by RL SUPERBAD; shared on Facebook (tagging Cat Head/Roger Stolle).

- 2pm - VIRTUAL - Lucious Spiller plays matinee from home (on Lucci Spiller Facebook page).

- 7pm - VIRTUAL/PUBLIC - Weekly Jam Session at Hambone Gallery (111 E. 2nd St.).

Friday, 9/11

- 12 noon - PUBLIC - Sadie Lamp duo plays outside on Cat Head porch (252 Delta Ave.); social distancing outside; mask required inside (max 10 people inside; max 20 people outside).

- 6pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Terry "Big T" Williams & Lee Williams at Clark House (front porch/lawn w/socially-distanced w/State health rules in place).

Saturday, 9/12

- 6pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Bill Abel plays outside near Shack Up Inn (on Bill Abel FB page) w/socially-distanced w/State health rules in place.

Sunday, 9/13
- 10am - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Blues Breakfast w/Lucious Spiller in Bluesberry Cafe Back Alley Bar (and Bluesberry Cafe FB page); outdoors, limited seating, social distancing required, etc.

- 1pm - VIRTUAL - Mississippi Marshall's Social Distancing Tour (every Sunday from his FB page).

- 1pm - VIRTUAL - Gary Vincent performs at Clarksdale Stuck in the House Party (on his business Facebook page).
Monday, 9/14
- 7pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Deak Harp in Bluesberry Cafe Back Alley Bar  (and Bluesberry Cafe FB page); outdoors, limited seating, social distancing required, etc.

Tuesday, 9/15

- 7pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Mississippi Marshall & Stan Street (socially-distanced w/State health rules in place) at Hambone Gallery (111 E. 2nd St.).

Wednesday, 9/16
- 4pm - VIRTUAL- Quapaw Canoe Company presents B.E.A.M. (Backyard Expeditions Arkansas/Mississippi) Session 2: “Canoe Anatomy: Bringing the Spirit to Life” (on Quapaw FB page).

- 6pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Lucious Spiller Birthday Show! Lucious and his band play out front of Cat Head store for his 58th birthday; grab your mask, socially-distance and join us in-person... or watch online on Lucci Spiller FB page.

- 7:15pm - PUBLIC - Music Trivia w/Jimmy & Jean Harris at Stone Pony (reservations 662-624-7669).

Thursday, 9/17

- 2pm - VIRTUAL - Lucious Spiller plays matinee from home (on Lucci Spiller Facebook page).

- 7pm - VIRTUAL/PUBLIC - Weekly Jam Session hosted by Sadie Lamp duo at Hambone Gallery (111 E. 2nd St.).

Friday, 9/18

- 12 noon - PUBLIC - Sadie Lamp duo plays outside on Cat Head porch (252 Delta Ave.); social distancing outside; mask required inside (max 10 people inside; max 20 people outside).

- 6pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - JH Sitton plays outside near Shack Up Inn w/socially-distanced w/State health rules in place.

- 8pm - VIRTUAL - Deak Harp plays from Shorty's Shotgun Shack (on Deak Harp FB page).

Saturday, 9/19
- 12 noon - VIRTUAL - Our friends in nearby Greenville, Mississippi, live-stream a mini version of MACE's long-running MS Delta Blues & Heritage Festival w/help from Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau; watch, enjoy, donate; info at deltabluesms.org.

- 6pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Anthony "Big A" Sherrod w/Preston Rumbaugh & Lee Willams play outside near Shack Up Inn w/socially-distanced w/State health rules in place.

- 9pm - VIRTUAL - Lucious Spiller plays from home (on Lucci Spiller Facebook page).

Sunday, 9/20

- 10am - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Blues Breakfast w/Anthony "Big A" Sherrod in Bluesberry Cafe Back Alley Bar (and Bluesberry Cafe FB page); outdoors, limited seating, social distancing, masks required.

- 1pm - VIRTUAL - Mississippi Marshall's Social Distancing Tour (every Sunday from his FB page).

- 1pm - VIRTUAL - Gary Vincent performs at Clarksdale Stuck in the House Party (on his business Facebook page).
Monday, 9/21
- 7pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - David Dunavent in Bluesberry Cafe Back Alley Bar (and Bluesberry Cafe FB page); outdoors, limited seating, social distancing and masks required.

Tuesday, 9/22

- 7pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Preston Rumbaugh w/Anthony "Big A" Sherrod & Lee Willams (socially-distanced w/State health rules in place) at Hambone Gallery (111 E. 2nd St.).

Wednesday 9/23
- 7pm - VIRTUAL - Lucious Spiller from home (on Lucci Spiller Facebook page).

- 7:15pm - PUBLIC - Music Trivia w/Jimmy & Jean Harris at Stone Pony (reservations 662-624-7669).
Thursday 9/24

- 4pm - VIRTUAL - Lucious Spiller plays matinee from home (on Lucci Spiller Facebook page).

- 6-7pm - VIRTUAL - Terry "Big T" Williams benefiting the Delta Diaper Bank in honor of Diaper Needs Awareness Week, broadcast Live From Clarksdale.

- 7pm - VIRTUAL/PUBLIC - Jam Session hosted by Stan Street & LaLa Craig at Hambone Gallery (111 E. 2nd St.).
Friday 9/25
- 6pm- PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Deak Harp in person at the Shack Up Inn courtyard, and online (on Deak Harp FB page).
Saturday 9/26:  Harp Party at the Shacks (plus, book a Share Experience with Deak Harp at SharedExperiencesUSA.com)
  - 4pm- PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Deak Harp live at the Shack Up Inn courtyard (then, visit Clarksdale for Deak's Harmonica Block Party on 10/3!).
  - 5pm- PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Terry Harmonica Bean live in person at the Shack Up Inn courtyard, and online on the Live From Clarksdale Facebook page.

Sunday,  9/27

- 10am - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Blues Breakfast w/Lucci Spiller in Bluesberry Cafe Back Alley Bar (and Bluesberry Cafe FB page); outdoors, limited seating, social distancing, masks required.

- 1pm - VIRTUAL - Mississippi Marshall's Social Distancing Tour (every Sunday from his FB page).

- 1pm - VIRTUAL - Gary Vincent performs at Clarksdale Stuck in the House Party (on his business Facebook page).

- 6pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Ghalia Volt w/Lee Williams for a sunset show socially-distanced in-person at the Shack Up Inn courtyard and online at Ghalia Music's Facebook page.

Monday, 9/28

- 7pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - Watermelon Slim and John Allouise in Bluesberry Cafe Back Alley Bar (and Bluesberry Cafe FB page); outdoors, limited seating, social distancing and masks required.

Tuesday, 9/29

- 7pm - PUBLIC/VIRTUAL - "Live" blues act TBA (socially-distanced w/State health rules in place) at Hambone Gallery (111 E. 2nd St.).

Thursday, 10/1

- 7pm - VIRTUAL/PUBLIC - Jam Session hosted by Stan Street & LaLa Craig at Hambone Gallery (111 E. 2nd St.).

Friday, 10/2

- tba

Saturday, 10/10
- tba

Friday, 10/16

- 7-10pm - PUBLIC - John Ford (w/State health rules in place) at Hooker Grocery + Eatery (John Lee Hooker Lane).
Saturday, 10/17
- 12 noon - PUBLIC - Sean "Bad" Apple plays for FREE on Cat Head's front porch during DBF Sampler Weekend; social distancing outside; mask required inside (max 10 people inside; max 20 people outside).

ALSO, COMING SOON... via LiveFromClarksdale.org & Shared Experiences USA:

  • We're working with musicians+venues to book live music outdoors every Friday+Saturday in September & October.  Cruzn the Crossroads & The Hambone Festival are ON; check Cat Head's music calendar for the full festival list.

  • You can also enjoy our new Moon Lake experience outdoors every Saturday, and take-out and dine-in from our many restaurants daily.  If you're considering a socially-distanced roadtrip, come Visit Clarksdale and share an experience here.

OCTOBER FESTIVAL UPDATE:

- 10/2-3, 2020 - Mighty Roots Music Festival at Stovall Farm, www.mightyrootsmusicfestival.com - POSTPONED TILL 2021.

- 10/3, 2020 - Deak’s Harmonica Block Party STILL SCHEDULED AS OF AUGUST, www.deakharp.com

(- 10/7-10, 2020 - King Biscuit Blues Festival & Symposium in nearby Helena, AR, kingbiscuitfestival.comMOVING ONLINE.

- 10/11, 2020 - Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (post-Biscuit), www.cathead.biz. POSTPONED TILL 2021.

- 10/11, 2020 - Super Blues Sunday - POSTPONED TILL 2021.

- 10/15-18, 2020 - Deep Blues Fest - DBF acts cancelled; small outdoor music planned near Shacks instead, www.deepbluesfest.com

- 10/15-17, 2020 - Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival, https://deltawilliamsfestival.com/MOVING ONLINE.

- 10/31, 2020 - Hambone Festival blues), http://www.stanstreet.com/hambone-festival.html - STILL "ON"!

- 10/31, 2020 - Cruzn Crossroads Car & Truck Show - Blues & roots music (approx 11-3), https://www.facebook.com/Cruzn-the-Crossroads-Car-Truck-Show-1569738336652415/ - STILL "ON"!

PLEASE NOTE new MS State rules before attending live music events: Healthy customers only. Masks required. Sanitize hands at the door. Temps checked at some venues. Social distancing required. Indoor venues max 10 capacity; outdoor events max 20 attendees.

For "VIRTUAL" shows, watch via www.livefromclarksdale.org (unless noted otherwise). All Clarksdale times are CDT.

Plus... SMALL, "LIVE" MUSIC EXPERIENCE BY APPOINTMENT! Bad Apple Blues Club owner/musician Sean "Bad" Apple is happy to open up his little juke joint for 1 to 6 healthy people with advance notice. Yup... you'll need to maintain social distancing, wear a mask when not drinking, wash/sanitize your hans, etc. Call or drop by Cat Head to arrange (662-624-5992, roger@cathead.biz, 252 Delta Ave., Clarksdale). Club website at BadAppleBluesClub.com.

 

UPDATED CLARKSDALE BUSINESS HOURS: https://www.visitclarksdale.com/updated-local-business-hours.

 

CAT HEAD DELTA BLUES & FOLK ART: Shop "Mississippi's blues store in Clarksdale since 2002" 252 Delta Avenue STORE Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm (or by appointment; roger@cathead.biz). Shop WEB STORE 24/7 at www.cathead.biz.

 

FREE AUDIO WALKING TOUR (smartphone app): Download Visit Clarksdale Tourism's FREE Audio Walking Tour of our historic downtown. Info: visitclarksdale.com/tours.

VISIT CLARKSDALE'S DELTA BLUES MUSEUM: AND/OR take the free Muddy Waters virtual tour at https://www.deltabluesmuseum.org/virtual-tour.aspx.

DELTA BOHEMIAN TOURS: Take a real, in-person (masked and following State health rules) driving tour with master guide (and local "character") Chilly Billy Howell in his iconic red Jeep. Details at deltabohemiantours.com.

WATCH "VIRTUAL JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL CELEBRATION":  Watch now via www.livefromclarksdale.org/jukejointfestival.

WATCH "JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL REVISITED": View Ted's Reeds festival doc at https://youtu.be/HiPsS5spBMc.

JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL "STORE": Email pba@cableone.net to inquire about T-shirt and poster purchases. Retro tye-dye tees,  2020 posters and more. (Web store coming soon.)

BLUES ELSEWHERE IN MISSISSIPPI (AND MEMPHIS)...


FOXFIRE RANCH- Waterford, MS
Sunday, 8/23 - 5pm - Outdoor concert w/Clarksdale bluesman Anthony "Big A" Sherrod & the Allstars. (See Facebook for more info.)

BLUE FRONT CAFE - Bentonia, MS
VIRTUAL-ONLY! Live-stream on 9/18 at 7pm - 72nd Anniversary Concert from the iconic juke joint.  (See Facebook for more info.)
 

JACKSON, MS... Note: In place of its usual weekly Blue Monday event usually held at Hal & Mal’s, the Central Mississippi Blues Society has begun hosting Watch Parties on its Facebook page. Every Monday night at 8:30 p.m., members post videos of past performances of the Blue Monday Band for viewers to enjoy. Video-length varies, with some footage being edited while other footage remains raw. Watch on their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/134758873254380/

MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL

Go here for updates: www.msbluestrail.org

Join the Mississippi Blues Commission, friends, fans and family as the Mississippi's music trails celebrate their latest markers. Go to the web link OR get their free phone app for over a hundred markers spread throughout Mississippi... and beyond.

MEMPHIS, TN - Levitt Shell "Virtual Shows" - Fridays (pre-taped) and Saturdays (live-streamed) at 7:30pm (Central) via https://www.facebook.com/TheLevittShell/:  6/6 - Alvin Youngblood Hart (blues/rock), 6/12 - Marcia Ball (blues/piano), 6/13 - The City Champs (jazz/guitar), and 6/20 - The Peterson Brothers (blues).

UPCOMING FESTIVALS IN CLARKSDALE, MS:

- 7/10-11, 2020 - Oh Brother Fiddler & Fried Green Tomatoes Festival w/Hank Burdine & friends at Shack Up Inn - TENTATIVE.

- 8/7-9, 2020 - 33rd Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival - www.sunflowerfest.org

- 8/9, 2020 - Cat Head 18th Anniversary - www.cathead.biz

- 9/5 - 2020 - Mag Fest returns to Clarksdale - details TBA.

- 9/26, 2020 - 2nd Yazoo Avenue Jazz Festival (200 block of Yazoo, downtown).

- 10/2-3, 2020 - Mighty Roots Music Festival at Stovall Farm, www.mightyrootsmusicfestival.com

- 10/3, 2020 - Deak’s Harmonica Block Party, www.deakharp.com

(- 10/7-10, 2020 - King Biscuit Blues Festival & Symposium in nearby Helena, AR, kingbiscuitfestival.com)

- 10/11, 2020 - Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (post-Biscuit), www.cathead.biz

- 10/11, 2020 - Super Blues Sunday: Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (9am), Bluesberry Cafe Blues Breakfast (10am), Delta Blues Museum special hours (noon), Ground Zero Blues Club blues brunch (11am), Hopson Commissary/Shack Up Inn's Pinetop Perkins Celebration (3pm), Levon's Sunday Ramble (3:30pm), Hooker Grocer + Eatery (5pm), Red's Juke Joint Jam (7pm) and more!

- 10/15-18, 2020 - Deep Blues Fest & Delta Busking Stages (heavy blues, rock, Americana), www.deepbluesfest.com

- 10/15-17, 2020 - Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival, https://deltawilliamsfestival.com/

- 10/30-11/1, 2020 - Hambone Festival & related events (blues), http://www.stanstreet.com/hambone-festival.html

- 10/31, 2020 - Cruzn Crossroads Car & Truck Show - Blues & roots music (approx 11-3), https://www.facebook.com/Cruzn-the-Crossroads-Car-Truck-Show-1569738336652415/

-  12/4-5,  2020 - Burdine's Blues & Greens Festival at Shack Up Inn, www.bbgfestival.com

- Late December 2020 - tentative Kingfish Homecoming Weekend II (stay tuned for more info)!

- NEW YEAR'S EVE 2020 - Party at the Crossroads; it's Clarksdale's annual New Year's blues blowout at Red's, Ground Zero, Hambone, Hopson and other venues!

UPCOMING FESTIVALS OUTSIDE OF CLARKSDALE:

 

BENTONIA BLUES FESTIVAL

Bentonia, MS (Holmes Farm & Blue Front  Cafe)
JUNE 15-20, 2020 - Performers include Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Deak Harp, Chris Gill, Lightnin Malcolm, Roosevelt Roberts and many more. INFO at visityazoo.org/bentonia-blues-festival AND https://www.facebook.com/pg/BentoniaBluesFestival/posts/?ref=page_internal.

GRASSROOTS BLUES FESTIVAL
Duck Hill, MS
FRIDAY JULY 10
The Muleman, Mark Massey, with Billy Earheart
Ben Payton
Barry Blakely & Band
SATURDAY JULY 11
Nellie Mack
Jerry Fair
Little Willie Farmer
Willie Lee Halpert (former vocalist for Willie King) and the Fingerprint Band
(Note: "It's held in a big grassy meadow on a hill and there's plenty of room for social distancing - you can also bring your own coolers.")

RL BOYCE PICNIC
Como, MS
SUNDAY, 8/30/20
- 2PM Photos by Bill Steber at the Emily J. Pointer Library.
- 5PM Music Starts at Como Park... FREE... by RL Boyce, Lightnin Malcolm, Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection, Andrea Staten, Kody Harrel, KC Conner, Muddy Gutt and more.
(Art vendor & food truck space Available. Sponsorship & advertising opportunities.) INFO at rlboycepicnic.com. Friends of RL Boyce Picnic, Memphis Blues Society, Como Public Library. Sponsored by FANCY!

 

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CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI, has blues 365 nights a year... "The #1 American Music City that's not Nashville" - Fodor's Travel

VISITING CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI??
- Need a tourism map? Go here.

- Want free Audio Walking Tour app? Go here.
- Need a pro tour guide? Go here.
- Want "Shared Experience" w/local musician, artist or entrepreneur? Go here.
- Need a place to stay? Go here.

- Need nightly "live" music calendar? Keep scrolling down!

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SPECIAL EVENTS - Clarksdale & Coahoma County, MS (scroll down for details):

- April 16-19, 2020 Juke Joint Festival cancelled due to national health crisis - Book hotel rooms now for April 15-18, 2021 Juke Joint Festival & Related Events in Clarksdale; fest updates at jukejointfestival.com

CLUBS, JUKE JOINTS, RESTAURANTS & MORE Due to national health crisis, no physical venues are permitted to host 'live' blues shows; please see 'virtual' shows above, and come visit us when the crisis is over... visitclarksdale.com

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"NORMAL" (PRE/POST-HEALTH CRISIS) Music Calendar below (which will be updated when we get through this; for now, see above for live streaming virtual blues shows!):

Cat HeadMississippi’s Blues Store

Clarksdale, MS

(252 Delta Ave.; 662-624-5992, but no voicemail; email roger@cathead.biz)

Celebrating 17 years at the Crossroads. Your 1st stop for "live" music & visitor info.

SPECIAL INFORMATION (due to national health crisis):

- shop "re-opening hours" Mon-Sat 11am-3pm (starting Tues., 5/26/20); questions... email roger@cathead.biz, limit 5 healthy adults at a time, handsanitizer inside front door, observing social distancing, etc.

- CAT HEAD WEB STORE (www.cathead.biz) open 24/7 with new items added weekly and shipping daily (plus, curbside servide and local deliveries by request).


Red’s Lounge — blues-only juke joint featured in We Juke Up In Here and M for Mississippi films!

Clarksdale, MS

(395 Sunflower Ave. @ MLK Dr.)

Live blues show EVERY Wednesday, (sometimes Thursday), Friday, Saturday and Sunday night!

TBA

Ground Zero Blues Club (co-owned by Morgan Freeman) — in M for Mississippi  and Moonshine & Mojo Hands films!

Clarksdale, MS

www.groundzerobluesclub.com

Live music (mostly blues) weekly, Wed thru Sat -- including WEEKLY THURSDAY BLUES JAM NIGHTS!

(8pm showtimes): tba

See Quarantine Series info above under live streeaming "Live From Clarksdale" events.

Delta Blues Museum - Celebrating 40 years in 2019!

Clarksdale, MS

www.deltabluesmuseum.org

Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm (spring/summer hours).

Nice PBS NewsHour segment on the DBM's Arts & Ed Program at https://www.facebook.com/groups/newshourarts/

LaLaLAND

Clarksdale, MS (241 Yazoo Ave.)

tba

Hooker Grocer & Eatery

(near Delta Blues Museum)

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

RESTAURANT IS OPEN for curbside pickup during crisis.


Hambone Art & Music

Clarksdale, MS

(111 E 2nd St.) www.stanstreet.com

EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT live blues music plus occasional musics on other days in gallery/bar, 8pm.

See "Live From Clarksdale / Sounds Around  Town" schedule above for Tuesday live-streaming blues events!

Levon’s Bar & Grill

Clarksdale, MS

(232 Sunflower Ave)

Sun., 3/1 - Gramm Phillips, 4pm

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

Bluesberry Cafe

Clarksdale, MS

(662-627-7008)

(NORMALLY: Sat/Sun blues breakfasts, 10am; Mon blues every week, 8pm)

See "Live From Clarksdale / Sounds Around  Town" schedule above for Monday live-streaming blues events!


Stone Pony Pizza

Clarksdale, MS

(226 Delta Ave.)

RESTAURANT IS OPEN for curbside pickup during crisis; currently remodeling inside to promote "social distancing" once "stay at  home" is lifted.

Delta Blues Alley Cafe
Clarksdale, MS
(352 Delta Ave.)

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.


Yazoo Pass

Clarksdale, MS
(207 Yazoo Ave.)

"Original music" occasionally, including:
TBA as restaurant is closed during health crisis.

Travelers Hotel (212 3rd St.)

Clarksdale, MS

www.stayattravelers.com
MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

(See Facebook for event details.)

Clarksdale Sound Stage

Clarksdale, MS (Issaquena Ave.,  downtown)

tba

Clarksdale White House
325 W 2nd St.

www.deltabohemian.com

tba

New Roxy - "Possibly the coolest venue in the South..."

Clarksdale, MS

(363 Issaquena Ave.)

Plan now for 2020 DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL (& BUSKING), deepbluesfest.com.

Delta Byrd (Byrd Cage venue)

Clarksdale, MS (721 Riverside Ave.)

tba

Crossroads Cultural Arts Center
Clarksdale, MS
(332 Delta Ave.)

TBA

Grandma's Sports Bar
Clarksdale, MS
(115 3rd St. - Grandma's Pancake House/Blues House/Sports Bar)

Great LATE NIGHT spot on weekends; open many evenings with DJ; live blues during Clarksdale Film Festival and Juke Joint festival. MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

Tourism Office
Clarksdale, MS
(326 Blues Alley)

visitclarksdale.com
CHECK WEBSITE FOR "HEALTH CRISIS" HOURS AND MORE - Visit Clarksdale-Coahoma County Tourism inside the historic downtown train depot for maps, info and hospitality! Bubba O'Keefe, tourism director. (662) 627-6149.

Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum
Clarksdale, MS
(106 Sharkey Ave.)
Open by appointment, 646-465-1578. Info at tennesseewilliamsrectorymuseum.com

ALSO: Plan now for 2020 festival, https://deltawilliamsfestival.com/


Rock & Blues Museum

Clarksdale, MS

www.blues2rock.com

Founders are retired, so their building —  with its cool, loft living space in back — AND world-famous collection are for sale; serious inquiries only, please, via museum website email. (Also, ask about their The Den building as well.)

Meraki

Clarksdale, MS

(Sunflower & Third St.)
tba

Hopson Commissary

Clarksdale, MS

www.hopsonplantation.com

Every Monday night - free appetizers and music by someone playing free live acoustic music every week, 6pm!

MONDAY NIGHT HAPPY HOUR MUSIC - FREE MUSIC & appetizers, 6PM:​  TBA.

​MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.
Weekends TBA.

Shack Up Inn (The Gin)

Clarksdale, MS

https://www.shackupinn.com/services3

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

CUTRER MANSION (109 Clark St.)

Clarksdale, MS

tba

Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum
Clarksdale, MS

 https://tennesseewilliamsrectorymuseum.com/
OPEN BY APPOINTMENT

Plus annual festival, www.DeltaWilliamsFestival.com

The Bank


Clarksdale, MS (E 2nd & Yazoo Ave)
tba


The Bad Apple Blues Club - COMING IN LATE SPRING
Clarksdale, MS
349 Issaquena Ave, downtown
TBA - "Live" blues, workshops and more! Awaiting health crisis to lift.

The Junction

Coahoma County, MS
(25960 US Hwy 61N @ Hwy 316; just 10 min north of Clarksdale)

New multi-purpose event complex available for rental. Info: 662-519-3818, pjsurdivant@sbcglobal.net

Wonder Light City

near Clarksdale, MS

Here's a news story on it: https://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/if-you-build-it-they-will-come-a-juke-joint-s-field-of-dreams
Closed. Sadly, 80-year-old bluesman Robert "Bilbo" Walker's passed away on 11/29/17. RIP.

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MERIGOLD-TO-GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI:

Po Monkey’s Lounge

near Merigold, MS

Permanently closed and signs/contents sold at auction - RIP Willie “Po Monkey” Seaberry - 1940-2016; http://msbusiness.com/2018/08/po-monkeys-items-to-be-auctioned/

 

Delta State University

Cleveland, MS

http://www.deltastate.edu/bluesconference/

Plan now for October 2nd, 2020 blues conference!


Dockery Farms
(near Cleveland, MS)

www.dockeryfarms.org
VERY historic Blues Trail marker site with occasional events.

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

Cleveland, MS

www.grammymuseumms.org

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.


The Senator's Place

Cleveland, MS

(1028 S. Davis, Hwy 61)

Soul food restaurant with occasional live blues.


Walnut Street Blues Bar

Greenville, MS

(128 S. Walnut St., downtown)

Music (usually blues) many weekends -- often house band. MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

Horseshoe Casino's Bluesville
Robinsonville, MS

Fri, May 15 - Buddy Guy - CHECK WITH VENUE DUE TO CRISIS.

MARKS-TO-OXFORD-TO-COMO, MISSISSIPPI:

Rooster's Blues House

Oxford, MS

https://www.facebook.com/roostersblueshouse/

rock/country/pop/blues

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.


Thacker Mountain Radio

Oxford, MS (plus occasionally special locations)

www.thackermountain.com

See website for archival shows during crisis.

Como Catfish Bar & Grill
Como, MS

tba


308 Blues Club

Indianola, MS

https://www.facebook.com/pages/308-Blues-Club-Cafe/113105652097314

tba


BB King’s Club Ebony

Indianola, MS

404 Hannah St. • 662-887-2264

Some Thursdays - "Jammin' at Club Ebony," 8pm

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.


BB King Museum

Indianola, MS

https://bbkingmuseum.org/events/

Weekly - Guitar Lessons (Mon-Thurs) & Piano Lessons (Mon-Wed) at 4pm. Ages 8-17. Info: livory@bbkingmuseum.org.

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

Museum of the Mississippi Delta

Greenwood, MS

tba

Tallahatchie Flats
Greenwood, MS
(58458 County Rd 518)
tba


The Alluvian (Hotel)

Greenwood, MS

www.thealluvian.com

Thursday happy hour with music (occasionally blues).

tba

Harris Place aka "The Place to Be"
Tunica County, MS

(Hwy 61 to Hwy 4 turnoff towards Senatobia; 2915 Hwy 4 38676; 662-357-0800)
First Saturday EVERY MONTH - Stone Gas Blues Band, 7pm (doors 5pm) - with food available and plenty of parking.

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

Blues Belt Event Center & Mooji Juke Joint
Robinsonville, MS

(468 Casino Way)
tba

ELSEWHERE IN MISSISSIPPI:

‘Blues on the Porch’ Summer Concert Series
HOLLY SPRINGS, MS

Spotlighting N MS Hill Country Blues... each concert is on porch of local antebellum home and open to public at no cost. Gates open 7:00, showtime 7:30-8:30. Chairs, blankets and picnics welcome.
CHECK WITH VENUE FIRST, DUE TO HEALTH CRISIS!
May 23 – Mark Muleman Massey
June 20 – Lightnin Malcolm
July 25 – Kenny Brown
August 16 – Lady Trucker & Headcutter Band
September 26 – Garry Burnside
www.bluesontheporch.com

Foxfire Ranch

Waterford, MS

www.foxfireranch.com

2nd & 4th Sundays ("in season") at 5pm:
See Facebook for music schedules.

Hill Country Harmonica
Waterford, MS

CHECK WITH EVENT FOR STATUS DURING CRISIS...  5/14-17, 2020 - Hill Country Harmonica event w/Phil Wiggins, Wallace Coleman, Terry "Harmonica" Bean and more; Foxfire Ranch; www.hillcountryharmonica.com


Blue Canoe

Tupelo, MS

www.bluecanoebar.com

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience

Meridian, MS

www.msarts.org

TBA  

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (and nearby Bentonia):


Blue Front Cafe - owned by bluesman Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

Bentonia, MS

Occasional blues (including during blues festival week in June).

https://www.facebook.com/bluefrontcafeblues/

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

6/15-20 - Bentonia Blues Festival and related events (see Facebook for info).


F Jones Corner

Farish Street in Jackson, MS

www.fjonescorner.com

Blues/soul every Fri-Sat, midnight to 4am.

Thursdays - Open Mic hosted by Maya Kyles & F Jones Corner Band, 10pm
Fridays/Saturdays - live blues at midnight - TBA

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.


Iron Horse Grill

Jackson, MS

www.theironhorsegrill.com
Brian Jones 13 Aug Thu 6 PM
Smooth Funk Band 14 Aug Fri 7 PM
Bass Rhythms & Groove 15 Aug Sat 7 PM


Hal & Mal’s

Jackson, MS

Mondays - Central MS Blues Society Blue Monday blues jam!


Martin’s

Jackson, MS

www.martinsdowntownjxn.com

Rock/blues/funk...

Sat 8/15 - Flow Tribe (soulful rock)


Underground 119 (may be closed?)

Jackson, MS

www.underground119.com
Blues house band every Thursday night, plus on weekends:

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

Duling Hall
Jackson, MS

tba


MORE JACKSON, MS, music listings at http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/music/listings/


LD's Kitchen — cool venue, great soul food lunch!

Vicksburg, MS

(1111 Mulberry St.)

Most Tuesday evenings - live blues and R&B.

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

Bottleneck Blues Bar

Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg, MS
occasional blues shows - https://vicksburg.ameristar.com/entertainment/bottleneck-blues-bar/

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

Cottonwood Public House
Vicksburg, MS
(1311 Washington St.)

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

 

Landshark
Vicksburg, MS

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

Mississippi Barbeque Company
Vicksburg, MS
(717 Grove St)

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.


MORE VICKSBURG, MS, music listings at https://www.facebook.com/pg/vicksburg.blues/events/


Smoot’s Grocery

Natchez, MS

319 N Broadway • 601-870-6882

https://www.facebook.com/pg/smootsgrocery/events/?ref=page_internal
MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.

100 Men Hall
303 Union St, Bay St. Louis, MS

228-342-5770 / 100menhall.org
Every fourth Thursday of the month - OPEN MIC night on the historic stage of the 100 Men Hall!

MUSIC ON HOLD due to national health emergency for the time being.
Sep 4 & 5 - Booker Fest (2nd Annual) - call first.

CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI:

Clarksdale is only Mississippi town with 365 nights a year of live blues! Visit Cat Head store for printed schedule.

CLARKSDALE'S TYPICAL WEEK — original blues music every night:

NOTE: Our 365 nights of in-person live blues music is on hold during our nation's health crisis. See Sounds Around Town above and start of actual Music Calendar below for updates (and "live streaming" watch parties).

- Monday - Bluesberry Cafe (8pm, blues) and Hopson Commissary (6pm, acoustic music).
- Tuesday -
Hambone Art & Music (8pm, blues) and sometimes other venues.
- Wednesday - Red's Lounge (8pm, blues), Ground Zero Blues Club (8pm, blues) and sometimes other venues.
- Thursday -
Ground Zero Blues Club (8pm, blues), sometimes Red's Lounge (8pm, blues), sometimes Hambone (8pm), sometimes Shack Up Inn (times/genres vary).
- Friday -
Red's Lounge (9pm, blues), Ground Zero Blues Club (8pm, blues), Delta Blues Alley Cafe (5pm happy hour R&B or blues), Levon's (8pm, sometimes blues), sometimes Shack Up Inn (times/genres vary) and Stone Pony (7pm, acoustic music); also, Delta Blues Alley Cafe starts regular Fri 5pm Happy Hour w/music on July 19.
- Saturday - Blues Breakfast at Bluesberry (10am), , Red's Lounge (9pm, blues), Ground Zero Blues Club (8pm, blues), sometimes Shack Up Inn (times/genres vary), sometimes Hambone (4 or 8pm) and Hopson Commissary (9pm, usually rock/country).
- Sunday - Blues Breakfast at Bluesberry (10am), Levon's (3:30pm, sometimes blues), Hooker Grocer + Eatery (5pm, sometimes blues) and Red's Lounge (7pm, blues)PLUS Cat Head and Delta Blues Museum are open 7 days including Sundays!
OTHER MUSIC VENUES:
New Roxy, Bad Apple Blues Club (coming in April 2020), Grandma's, Crossroads Cultural Arts Center, Yazoo Pass, etc.

Late Sept thru Mid-Oct 2020

Bridging the Blues Weeks!

www.bridgingtheblues.com

Connecting multiple 2020 blues festivals and blues events across three states — highlighting the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, Highway 61 Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Cat Head Mini Blues Fest, Second Street Blues Party, Deep Blues Festival and more... in Clarksdale, Mississippi... Greenville, Mississippi... Memphis, Tennessee... Helena, Arkansas... and more!


HIRE MISSISSIPPI DELTA TOUR GUIDES:

- DELTA BOHEMIAN TOURS (Clarksdale, MS) - Chilly Billy Howell, chillybilly@deltabohemian.com; 662-701-5020; www.deltabohemiantours.com
- BIRDSONG TOURS (Clarksdale) - Robert Birdsong, Mississippimojo@yahoo.com
- THE REAL DELTA TOURS (Cleveland) - Abe Hudson, abehudson@hotmail.com
- AMERICAN DREAM SAFARI (Memphis) - Tad Pierson, tad@americandreamsafari.com
- Memphis' BLUES CITY TOURS - http://www.bluescitytours.com/delta-blues-tour.php (901-522-9229 or bluescitytours@aol.com)
- BLUE NOTE TOURS - 402)750-8483 or (315)886-9744 • Itinerary & info at  http://www.bluenotetoursllc.com

MORE EVENT INFORMATION:

- Visit Clarksdale & Coahoma County Tourism, https://www.visitclarksdale.com/

- Mississippi Blues Trail, www.msbluestrail.org

- Highway 61 blogspot, https://highway61music.blogspot.com/

- City of Clarksdale, http://www.cityofclarksdale.org/
- Clarksdale/CC Chamber of Commerce, http://www.clarksdale-ms.com

- Mississippi Tourism (MDA - tourism), www.visitmississippi.org


BLUES AND RELATED VENUES
Venues featuring all or some blues music at various timesin Mississippi...

- CLARKSDALE: Ground Zero Blues Club, Red's Lounge, Hambone Gallery, Bluesberry Cafe, Club 2000, Hopson Commissary, Juke Joint Chapel/RUST at Shackup Inn, Bluesberry Cafe, Levon's, New Roxy and more!

- CLEVELAND: The Senator's Place (1028 S. Davis, Hwy 61), Pickled Okra (662-843-8510), Airport Grocery (662-843-4817) and Delta State University (www.blueshighway.org).

- NEAR MERIGOLD: Po Monkey's Lounge (deejay) - CLOSED.

- GREENVILLE: Walnut Street Blues Bar (662-378-2254).

- GREENWOOD: Alluvian Hotel.

- ROSEDALE: Blue Levee Market, (662-759-6333).

- TAYLOR: Taylor Catfish (662-236-6363).

- OXFORD: Proud Larry's, Rooster's Blues House (114 Courthouse Square), Library (662-234-1411), Red House (662-234-0089) and Two Stick (662-236-6639), Lyric Theater.

- COMO: Windy City Grill (662-526-0331), Rooster's Blues House, and Como Steakhouse (662-526-9529).

- JACKSON: Queen of Hearts (601-898-2225), Martin's Martin's, Hal & Mal's, Soulshine Pizza Factory, F Jones Corner, 119 Underground, Schimmel's (601-981-7077), Field's Cafe, Shuckers (Ridgeland).

- VICKSBURG: Info at www.vicksburgheritage.com, LD's Kitchen

- LEXINGTON: Kittrell's on the Square (662-834-4194)

- HATTIESBURG: Just 1 More Blues Bar www.myspace.com/just1morebluesbar, The Thirsty Hippo, Brownstones, Walnut Circle.

- OCEAN SPRINGS: The Shed.


THE LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES???

HERE’S MOST OF WHAT’S LEFT (PLUS A FEW IN LA, AL & TN):

 

- Red's Lounge, 395 Sunflower Ave., Clarksdale, MS, (No phone; no regular hours; but live blues Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun.)

- CLOSED - Po Monkey's Lounge, near Merigold, MS (directions at the bottom of this web page.)

- Blue Front Cafe, 107 E Railroad Ave., Bentonia, MS 39040, (662) 528-1900

- Teddy's Juke Joint, 17001 Old Scenic Hwy. Zachary, LA 70791, (225)892-0064 or (225)658-8029
- Queen of Hearts, 2243 Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Jackson, MS 39213, (601) 352-5730
- Wild Bill's, 1580 Vollintine Ave., Memphis, TN 38107, (901) 726-5473
- Gip's Place, 3101 Ave C, Bessemer, AL, 35020, 256-525-9440


JUKE JOINT AND EVENT DIRECTIONS:
- PO MONKEY'S LOUNGE (closed), NEAR MERIGOLD, MS: From Clarksdale, take Hwy 61 South 30 miles to Pemble Road and turn RIGHT. Note that the green Pemble Road street sign is missing, so look for Dollar General on left side of highway and a brown "Blues Trail" sign on right as well as as a "Pemble Farms" sign in field at turn-off. [If you miss the turn off and get to LEFThand "Merigold" exit, you've gone too far. In that case, turn around and take what will then be your SECOND left. Then...]. After making turn onto Pemble Road, take immediate left fork in the road which is gravel. [That's Po Monkey Road, but that sign is also missing!] The juke is approx. 1 1/4 mile down on left. 662-748-2254 or 662-514-7488.
- OTHA TURNER MEMORIAL PICNIC, SENATOBIA, MS: Get off of I-55 on the Senatobia exit and turn away from town down Highway 4. Go approximately three Miles down that road to Gravel Springs Road (the second road to the right on 4 from Senatobia). Turn right on Gravel Springs Road. Go to the second 4-way stop and turn left (that road is OB McClinton Road) Follow that road about a half mile and the Turner's Picnic is on the right there will be lots of cars & people gathered there. Park along the side of the road. -- Directions courtesy Blues Mother Tupelo.

 

OTHER "LIVE" MUSIC SOURCES FOR BLUES TRAVELERS:

- Mississippi Blues Trail: http://www.msbluestrail.org

- Mississippi as a whole: http://www.visitmississippi.org/music/music_calender.asp

- Mississippi as a whole: http://www.mississippipolitical.com/blues.htm

- Memphis, TN area: http://afterdark.memphisflyer.com

- Memphis, TN area: http://www.jambase.com

- Jackson, MS area: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/index.php/music/listings/

- Nashville, TN area: http://tennessean.com/entertainment/music/calendar/index.shtml

- New Orleans, LA area: http://www.offbeat.com/

- Baton Rouge, LA area: http://www.rhythmcitymag.com/

- St. Louis, MO area: http://www.stlblues.net or http://www.riverfronttimes.com or http://www.stltoday.com/music

- Little Rock, AR area: http://www.arktimes.com/calendar/calendar.html

- Birmingham, AL area: http://www.bwcitypaper.com/

- Chicago, IL area: http://www.chireader.com/music/mainmusic.html

- United States: http://www.moretotheblues.com


OTHER CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI, SITES FOR BLUES TRAVELERS:

- Cat Head’s Clarksdale Guide: http://www.cathead.biz/guide.html

- Clarksdale.com: http://www.clarksdale.com

- ClarksdaleInfo.com: http://www.clarksdaleinfo.com

- ClarksdaleNow.org: http://www.clarksdalenow.org

- ClarksdaleTourism.com: http://visitclarksdale.com/livepage.apple.com

- Delta Bohemian: http://www.deltabohemian.com


Click here for a CLARKSDALE GUIDE to historic sites, jukes, hotels and more.

LOVE CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI?

SUPPORT ITS NON-PROFITS:

- Juke Joint Festival - www.jukejointfestival.com

- Sunflower River Blues Festival - www.sunflowerfest.org

- Delta Blues Museum and its Arts & Education Program - www.deltabluesmuseum.org

- Rock & Blues Museum - www.blues2rock.com

- Clarksdale Revitalization - www.revitalizeclarksdale.com

- Griot Arts (after school program) - www.griotarts.com

- Spring Initiative (after school program) - www.spring-initiative.com

- Friends of the Library at Carnegie Public Library - http://www.cplclarksdale.lib.ms.us/

- Clarksdale Care Station (meals) - www.facebook.com/ClarksdaleCareStation

 

Blues Education web page to check out:

http://www.distance-education.org/Degrees/Music-Education--The-Blues-Genre-A612.html

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