Friday April 21, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Parking Notice - Important!

Many downtown streets will be blocked to parking 2:00 am till 6:00 pm Saturday. Please see this map for more details.

parking_notice.pdf

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JJF ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

JJF ACTIVITIES

Activities run all day. Starting times are variable.

10:00 am

WRISTBAND SALES - pre-sale

JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL WRISTBANDS are required for Saturday night's main event (plus daytime history bus tours and nighttime shuttle buses). Festival wristbands are VALID SATURDAY, 4/22, 2017 ONLY and include 20+ participating venues and 20+ musical acts. BUY NOW ON-LINE (click here) — or $20 Pre-Sale Wristbands on sale Thurs & Fri, 4/20-23 till 6pm @ Juke Joint HQ Building, 243 Delta Ave. (downtown, across from Cat Head). On Sat 4/22, wristbands go up to $25 and available till 11pm @ Juke Joint HQ Building. Saturday night $25 wristbands will also be available @ select venue doors; see event program for details. JJF strongly recommends buying wristbands in advance since a sellout is possible.

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Where: Juke Joint Festival Headquarters

The official Juke Joint Festival Headquarters is conveniently located at 243 Delta Avenue in downtown Clarksdale (basically across the street from Cat Head).

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10:00 am

JJF MERCHANDISE SALES - T-shirts, hats, posters

10 am to 6 pm. 243 Delta. T-shirts, hats and other festival merchandise.

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Where: Juke Joint Festival Headquarters

The official Juke Joint Festival Headquarters is conveniently located at 243 Delta Avenue in downtown Clarksdale (basically across the street from Cat Head).

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Monkeys Riding Dogs

Located at: JOHN LEE HOOKER LANE

Our greatest attraction will be with us for 2 days in 2017, Friday & Saturday

Led by professional rodeo cowboy Tim “WILD THANG” Lepard,Team Ghost Riders is a group of sheep dogs and monkeys, who team together to provide one of the most entertaining traveling acts you will ever see.

"The animals are like family and require 24/7 care to ensure their well-being. When I see the crowd smiling and hear the laughter, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.(Tim)"

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10:45 am

12:45 pm

3:45 pm

5:30 pm

JJF EVENTS

10:30 am

Call And Response with Super Chikan

Moderated by Big Jon Short. Blues artist/educator leads the Juke Joint Festival discussion, joined by Super Chikan (morning session) and Big George Brock (afternoon session). In the Delta Blues Museum classroom, at 10:30AM & 1:30PM

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Where: Delta Blues Museum Classroom

Stage and classroom for unique blues education programs. Within the Museum.

http://www.deltabluesmuseum.org

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1:30 pm

Call And Response with Big George Brock

Moderated by Big Joh Short. Delta Blues Museum Classroom. Blues artist/educator leads the Juke Joint Festival discussion, joined by Super Chikan (morning session) and Big George Brock (afternoon session). In the Delta Blues Museum classroom, at 10:30AM & 1:30PM

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Where: Delta Blues Museum Classroom

Stage and classroom for unique blues education programs. Within the Museum.

http://www.deltabluesmuseum.org

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6:00 pm

THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO: JJF Edition!

Special Clarksdale appearance of THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO sponsored by DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY. 2nd annual Juke Joint Festival Edition - FREE - Live radio show taping featuring live blues by Lucious Spiller & Cameron Kimbrough as well as Anthony "Big A" & Allstars — PLUS literary guest, blues historian Scott Barretta! 6pm-7pm. BRING A LAWN CHAIR, y'all. (Beverages available at New Roxy bar.) Special thanks to Clarksdale-Coahoma County Tourism for their additional support.

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Where: New Roxy

The New Roxy is a former movie theater located in the historic New World District of downtown Clarksdale. After deteriorating over a 30-year vacancy, this iconic building is being resurrected as a vibrant music, art, and theater venue for you to discover and enjoy.

Step inside to experience the regrowth—original sloping concrete floor, masonry stage, distressed brick walls, space for dancing, drinking, dining—all beneath a gorgeous view of the night sky through the open rooftop.

We are open throughout the year for events such as festivals, theater performances, film screenings and private parties. Two separate areas await your arrival. The front bar features a small, intimate stage (now fully covered and weather-proof) while the open-air main stage provides ample room for larger productions.

Check out our online calendar for upcoming events! The New Roxy has it all, with an easy online ticketing system for select events for your convenience.
Be a part of making history!

http://www.newroxy.com

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RELATED MUSIC

(Cover may apply.)

9:00 am

Johnny 'B'

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10:00 am

Blues & Breakfast w/ Ghalia

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Where: Bluesberry Cafe

Blues Berry Cafe 1st place winners 2007 Jubliee BBQ Cook Off Past Preformers, Malted Milk Band,Lala ,Incode, Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks,Heavy Suga,Razor Blade,Shake it Like A Caveman,The Blind Ducks,Jeff Lewis,and many more. Good Food,Good Music,Good Drinks, = Good Times

https://www.facebook.com/Bluesberry-CAFE-245591678792724/

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11:00 am

Jim Koeppel

A music veteran and founder of various roots, blues and country combos (including Motel 6, Who Slapped John and Shuck & Jive), Jim Koeppel also led his own band in the New York area during much of the 1980s and '90s, opening for Taj Mahal, Doc Watson and David Bromberg. He released his first solo record, Johnny's in the Doghouse, in late 1998. Koeppel's songs have also appeared in the work of independent filmmaker David Liban.

https://dustmyblues.bandcamp.com

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Where: Rock & Blues Museum

The Rock & Blues Museum Clarksdale features Blues, 50ties Rock & Roll, British Invasion, 60ties Psychedelic Rock displays, and more! In the giftshop CDs and used vinyl records, t-shirts & more. Rock & Blues Museum wristband $5, valid JJF Friday through Sunday. NEW DISPLAYS: NANETTE WORKMAN & BONNIE RAIT www.blues2rock.com Rain or Shine under the tents in front of the Rock & Blues Museum 113 East 2nd Street Clarksdale, MS!

http://www.blues2rock.com/Blues2Rock

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12:00 pm

Open Jam, Crawfish Boil and Regular Menu

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Where: Bluesberry Cafe

Blues Berry Cafe 1st place winners 2007 Jubliee BBQ Cook Off Past Preformers, Malted Milk Band,Lala ,Incode, Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks,Heavy Suga,Razor Blade,Shake it Like A Caveman,The Blind Ducks,Jeff Lewis,and many more. Good Food,Good Music,Good Drinks, = Good Times

https://www.facebook.com/Bluesberry-CAFE-245591678792724/

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12:00 pm

TBA

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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12:00 pm

Brad 'Bebad' McCloud & His Case of Blues w/Philbo King

Brad "bebad" McCloud, growly voiced, guitar wrenching, poet of the hardroad.

http://www.caseoftheblues.com

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Where: Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE sidewalk performances! Please tip your musicians, y'all

http://www.cathead.biz

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12:00 pm

Where: Rock & Blues Museum

The Rock & Blues Museum Clarksdale features Blues, 50ties Rock & Roll, British Invasion, 60ties Psychedelic Rock displays, and more! In the giftshop CDs and used vinyl records, t-shirts & more. Rock & Blues Museum wristband $5, valid JJF Friday through Sunday. NEW DISPLAYS: NANETTE WORKMAN & BONNIE RAIT www.blues2rock.com Rain or Shine under the tents in front of the Rock & Blues Museum 113 East 2nd Street Clarksdale, MS!

http://www.blues2rock.com/Blues2Rock

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1:00 pm

Where: Rock & Blues Museum

The Rock & Blues Museum Clarksdale features Blues, 50ties Rock & Roll, British Invasion, 60ties Psychedelic Rock displays, and more! In the giftshop CDs and used vinyl records, t-shirts & more. Rock & Blues Museum wristband $5, valid JJF Friday through Sunday. NEW DISPLAYS: NANETTE WORKMAN & BONNIE RAIT www.blues2rock.com Rain or Shine under the tents in front of the Rock & Blues Museum 113 East 2nd Street Clarksdale, MS!

http://www.blues2rock.com/Blues2Rock

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2:00 pm

Where: Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE sidewalk performances! Please tip your musicians, y'all

http://www.cathead.biz

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2:00 pm

Walker T Ryan

“Walker T Ryan Just him and his guitar. Walker T is the real deal. A bluesman, a Delta bluesman! He began as a Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly old school folk singer. Then he saw Son House! A lover of old Rock and Roll and country music. He knows hundreds of songs. He works as a solo and makes it look easy, but there’s years of craft and heart and experience and compassion behind his on-stage simplicity. He’s played thousands of gigs for all kinds of people, in places most of us only read about, and he’s entertained them all. Just him and his guitar.”

https://walkertryan.com

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Where: Rock & Blues Museum

The Rock & Blues Museum Clarksdale features Blues, 50ties Rock & Roll, British Invasion, 60ties Psychedelic Rock displays, and more! In the giftshop CDs and used vinyl records, t-shirts & more. Rock & Blues Museum wristband $5, valid JJF Friday through Sunday. NEW DISPLAYS: NANETTE WORKMAN & BONNIE RAIT www.blues2rock.com Rain or Shine under the tents in front of the Rock & Blues Museum 113 East 2nd Street Clarksdale, MS!

http://www.blues2rock.com/Blues2Rock

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2:00 pm

Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram

At the tender age of 6, Kingfish began playing the drums. Three years later at the age of 9, he took up the bass guitar. At the age of 11, he began playing lead guitar. By the age of 14, he had mastered all three instruments and has added vocals to his ever growing list of talents. Unlike many of his musical predecessors from Mississippi, Kingfish never had to pick cotton or sell his soul to the devil at the infamous Crossroads. Yet, this child prodigy’s soul is possessed with the feeling, passion and fire of the much older men who created the most important genre of American music, the Blues.

https://www.christonekingfishingram.com

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Where: Meraki Coffee Roasters

Meraki Roasting Company - Freshly Roasted Artisan Coffee roasted in house supporting our youth entrepreneurship program. Come visit our roastery to try our current coffee profiles. Pastries made by local vendors. www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
Meraki Market- Food and handmade items made by local artisans and students. Local produce, Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream, local honey, fresh baked bread, craft beer and more. . www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
282 Sunflower Ave Meraki Festival Hours: Thursday 9:30AM- 9:00PM Friday 7:00 AM- 9:00 PM Saturday 7:00AM- 1:00 AM Sunday 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM

http://www.griotarts.com/meraki

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2:00 pm

Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, attorney Bill Luckett and music agent Howard Stovall, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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3:00 pm

Sarah Levingston

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Where: Meraki Coffee Roasters

Meraki Roasting Company - Freshly Roasted Artisan Coffee roasted in house supporting our youth entrepreneurship program. Come visit our roastery to try our current coffee profiles. Pastries made by local vendors. www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
Meraki Market- Food and handmade items made by local artisans and students. Local produce, Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream, local honey, fresh baked bread, craft beer and more. . www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
282 Sunflower Ave Meraki Festival Hours: Thursday 9:30AM- 9:00PM Friday 7:00 AM- 9:00 PM Saturday 7:00AM- 1:00 AM Sunday 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM

http://www.griotarts.com/meraki

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3:00 pm

Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, attorney Bill Luckett and music agent Howard Stovall, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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3:00 pm

Ghalia Vauthier

Ghalia and the Naphtalines is a journey back in time through the origins of present-day music, sharing with you the best hits on the charts in the 40 '50' 60 '! Rock and roll rhythms, rock'n'roll, boogie, rhythm'n'blues and roots music are highlighted. So let's put your blue suede shoes and get ready to swing, to rock, to roll and let the voodoo get out of your soul!

https://ghaliaandthenaphtalines.com

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Where: Rock & Blues Museum

The Rock & Blues Museum Clarksdale features Blues, 50ties Rock & Roll, British Invasion, 60ties Psychedelic Rock displays, and more! In the giftshop CDs and used vinyl records, t-shirts & more. Rock & Blues Museum wristband $5, valid JJF Friday through Sunday. NEW DISPLAYS: NANETTE WORKMAN & BONNIE RAIT www.blues2rock.com Rain or Shine under the tents in front of the Rock & Blues Museum 113 East 2nd Street Clarksdale, MS!

http://www.blues2rock.com/Blues2Rock

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3:30 pm

Sean 'Bad' Apple

Baptized in the fire water of Clarksdale, MS., Sean “Bad” Apple began his spiritual journey of learning the blues by seeking out the old blues musicians that were willing to share their years of knowledge. Sean is working hard to keep Hill Country Blues alive and well. People are always in for a good show and never leave disappointed when the Bad Apple is on the stage

http://seanbadapple.com

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Where: Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE sidewalk performances! Please tip your musicians, y'all

http://www.cathead.biz

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4:00 pm

Sweet Peas and Cornbread

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Where: Delta Furniture

Delta Furniture owned by Jim Youngblood has a friendly staff to help you find just what you are looking for. Come in and browse. We carry our own accounts

https://www.facebook.com/Delta-Furniture-Store-534933233283637/

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4:00 pm

Mississippi Marshall Hopper

Popular Mississippi bluesman plays traditional music — new and old.

https://www.facebook.com/MississippiMarshall/

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Where: Rock & Blues Museum

The Rock & Blues Museum Clarksdale features Blues, 50ties Rock & Roll, British Invasion, 60ties Psychedelic Rock displays, and more! In the giftshop CDs and used vinyl records, t-shirts & more. Rock & Blues Museum wristband $5, valid JJF Friday through Sunday. NEW DISPLAYS: NANETTE WORKMAN & BONNIE RAIT www.blues2rock.com Rain or Shine under the tents in front of the Rock & Blues Museum 113 East 2nd Street Clarksdale, MS!

http://www.blues2rock.com/Blues2Rock

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4:00 pm

Blues & Dinner, Crawfish Boil & Regular Menu

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Where: Bluesberry Cafe

Blues Berry Cafe 1st place winners 2007 Jubliee BBQ Cook Off Past Preformers, Malted Milk Band,Lala ,Incode, Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks,Heavy Suga,Razor Blade,Shake it Like A Caveman,The Blind Ducks,Jeff Lewis,and many more. Good Food,Good Music,Good Drinks, = Good Times

https://www.facebook.com/Bluesberry-CAFE-245591678792724/

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4:00 pm

David Dunavent & Evol Love Band

David Dunavent and EVOL LOVE is a hard hitting blues rock band hailing from the heart of the Mississippi Delta. David, the front man and namesake, has played along side blues legends like Bill "Howl n Madd" Perry, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, current Blues sensation Jarekus Singleton, and many more before striking out on his own.

http://artistecard.com/daviddunaventandevollove#!/bio

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, attorney Bill Luckett and music agent Howard Stovall, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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4:30 pm

Seth Stroud

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Where: Meraki Coffee Roasters

Meraki Roasting Company - Freshly Roasted Artisan Coffee roasted in house supporting our youth entrepreneurship program. Come visit our roastery to try our current coffee profiles. Pastries made by local vendors. www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
Meraki Market- Food and handmade items made by local artisans and students. Local produce, Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream, local honey, fresh baked bread, craft beer and more. . www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
282 Sunflower Ave Meraki Festival Hours: Thursday 9:30AM- 9:00PM Friday 7:00 AM- 9:00 PM Saturday 7:00AM- 1:00 AM Sunday 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM

http://www.griotarts.com/meraki

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4:30 pm

Rachelle Coba

Rachelle has consistently brought the house down to cheering audiences around the world by bringing her own high-powered brand of Blues; from soul, to country, to uptown, onto the stage. Rachelle’s take on the blues is unexpectedly honest and mesmerizing.

http://rachellecoba.com

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Where: Bluesberry Cafe

Blues Berry Cafe 1st place winners 2007 Jubliee BBQ Cook Off Past Preformers, Malted Milk Band,Lala ,Incode, Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks,Heavy Suga,Razor Blade,Shake it Like A Caveman,The Blind Ducks,Jeff Lewis,and many more. Good Food,Good Music,Good Drinks, = Good Times

https://www.facebook.com/Bluesberry-CAFE-245591678792724/

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5:00 pm

Bill Abel

Bill Abel from Belzoni Mississippi plays the raw gutbucket blues he learned from Paul Jones, T Model Ford, Cadillac John and many other blues legends.

https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Abel-192999535686/

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, attorney Bill Luckett and music agent Howard Stovall, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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5:00 pm

Jesse Cotton Stone

Colorado-born, American highway-raised, bluesman.

https://www.cottonstonemusic.com

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Where: Rock & Blues Museum

The Rock & Blues Museum Clarksdale features Blues, 50ties Rock & Roll, British Invasion, 60ties Psychedelic Rock displays, and more! In the giftshop CDs and used vinyl records, t-shirts & more. Rock & Blues Museum wristband $5, valid JJF Friday through Sunday. NEW DISPLAYS: NANETTE WORKMAN & BONNIE RAIT www.blues2rock.com Rain or Shine under the tents in front of the Rock & Blues Museum 113 East 2nd Street Clarksdale, MS!

http://www.blues2rock.com/Blues2Rock

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6:00 pm

Wes Lee, Austin Walkin' Cane, Walker T. Ryan and Libby R

People are drawn to Wes Lee’s personal brand of blended traditions and many styles, they know that music does not come from the head, but from a deeper place. And they know that this music moves them. They see it—no, they feel it—when they are in the presence of Wes Lee performing at any of his various venues. They might not be able to tell you exactly what it is about Wes Lee’s music that touches them, but they can tell you that they like it. Whether the person is caught by his self-taught guitar skills of string bending inspired by some of the forefathers of blues, or if his classic themes of loss, women, and drinking pull them in, a person simply feels the passion that drives the man to do what he does.

https://www.wesleemusic.com

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Where: Shack Up Inn (The Gin)

New, old-style venue at the world-famous Shackup Inn and Cotton Gin Inn.

https://www.shackupinn.com

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6:00 pm

Lewis Czamanske

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Where: Yazoo Pass Espresso Bistro & Bakery

A cup of coffee with class. In downtown Clarksdale, MS enjoy a cup of coffee and a fresh baked pastry while relaxing in the cozy atmosphere of Yazoo Pass. The espresso bar and bistro serves up fresh ingredients at this welcoming breakfast and lunch spot. The warm colors and clean aesthetic provide a classy location for a breakfast meeting, lunch group, or coffee chat session in the booths, couch area, or at the community table- or stay a while and enjoy the complimentary wireless internet.

http://yazoopass.com

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6:00 pm

Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, attorney Bill Luckett and music agent Howard Stovall, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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6:00 pm

Sean Bad Apple w/ Tap Dancing George

Baptized in the fire water of Clarksdale, MS., Sean “Bad” Apple began his spiritual journey of learning the blues by seeking out the old blues musicians that were willing to share their years of knowledge. Most of the early years were spent in Bentonia, MS studying under Jack Owens. Later he moved to the north hill country of Mississippi. This time saw him spending many a night at yard parties learning all he could about Hill Country Blues from true masters of the craft. The musicians that are the most influential to Sean are R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Robert Belfour, R.L. Boyce, T Model Ford, Bukka White, and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Sean has been a staple of the Clarksdale blues scene for over a decade with multiple appearances at Red’s, Ground Zero Blues Club, and Bluesberry Cafe and performing at the World Famous Juke Joint Festival for 9 consecutive years. He is also a fixture at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, Exit 57 Blues Festival, and many more throughout MS and TN. Sean also possesses knowledge beyond the stage with owning and operating the Bad Apple Blues Club in Helena, AR. Sean has recorded five albums as a co-founder of the All Night Long Blues Band with the amazingly talented Martin ‘Big Boy’ Grant. Sean was part of the Blues Band for 6 years until the March 2015 passing of Grant. Recent years have found Sean drawing crowds on Beale Street with continual performances at Rum Boogie, Club 152, Tin Roof, Blues Hall, and many other clubs. As the quintessential showman, Sean is working hard to keep Hill Country Blues alive and well. People are always in for a good show and never leave disappointed when the Bad Apple is on the stage

http://seanbadapple.com

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Where: Bluesberry Cafe

Blues Berry Cafe 1st place winners 2007 Jubliee BBQ Cook Off Past Preformers, Malted Milk Band,Lala ,Incode, Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks,Heavy Suga,Razor Blade,Shake it Like A Caveman,The Blind Ducks,Jeff Lewis,and many more. Good Food,Good Music,Good Drinks, = Good Times

https://www.facebook.com/Bluesberry-CAFE-245591678792724/

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6:00 pm

Libby Rae and Dem

4 great names in blues and Americana come together for a special evening of music! Libby Rae Watson, Wes Lee, Austin Walking Cane, Walker T. Ryan

http://www.libbyrae.com

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Where: Shack Up Inn (The Gin)

New, old-style venue at the world-famous Shackup Inn and Cotton Gin Inn.

https://www.shackupinn.com

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7:00 pm

Tailor Bailey

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Where: Meraki Coffee Roasters

Meraki Roasting Company - Freshly Roasted Artisan Coffee roasted in house supporting our youth entrepreneurship program. Come visit our roastery to try our current coffee profiles. Pastries made by local vendors. www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
Meraki Market- Food and handmade items made by local artisans and students. Local produce, Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream, local honey, fresh baked bread, craft beer and more. . www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
282 Sunflower Ave Meraki Festival Hours: Thursday 9:30AM- 9:00PM Friday 7:00 AM- 9:00 PM Saturday 7:00AM- 1:00 AM Sunday 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM

http://www.griotarts.com/meraki

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7:00 pm

Phillip Carter & Blues Underground

Phillip grew up around the blues but didn't know it. Reaching the ripe old age of 18 before he even took up a musical instrument he started out playing church and worship music before moving to Nashville, TN for a couple of years. Now back in the Delta, with a band of top notch musicians Phillip brings a flurry of guitar and grit to the stage. The band has been honing their sound for years now.

https://www.facebook.com/bluesunderground/

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, attorney Bill Luckett and music agent Howard Stovall, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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7:00 pm

Mississippi Marshall

Mississippi Marshall is a sho nuff real deal bluesman who's music is a collection of life experiences and is influenced by the blues legends he grew up around in the Mississippi Delta. Mississippi Marshall has been labeled "The Delta's Son" for years and his guitar and vocal styling are reminiscent of the Delta as well as the Texas searing blues styling.

https://www.facebook.com/MississippiMarshall/

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Where: Stone Pony Pizza

Open 11am til..662.624.PONY (7669) www.stoneponypizza.com Stone Pony Pizza is excited to bring to the Mississippi Delta an eclectic mix of atmosphere. A building that has been in Clarksdale since 1912, we have renovated and brought this great building back to its historic beginnings. We offer five flat screen televisions for your enjoyment, Wi-Fi accessibility and a pictorial history of Clarksdale and many of its colorful residents. With Journey Baker, Matthew Joseph, we offer not only a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy, but homemade, hand-tossed pizza that will make your mouth water. Come, join us and enjoy a wonderful night in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

http://stoneponypizza.com

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7:00 pm

Krista Shows & Scott Sharpe

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Where: New Roxy (front bar stage)

The New Roxy is a former movie theater located in the historic New World District of downtown Clarksdale. After deteriorating over a 30-year vacancy, this iconic building is being resurrected as a vibrant music, art, and theater venue for you to discover and enjoy.

Step inside to experience the regrowth—original sloping concrete floor, masonry stage, distressed brick walls, space for dancing, drinking, dining—all beneath a gorgeous view of the night sky through the open rooftop.

We are open throughout the year for events such as festivals, theater performances, film screenings and private parties. Two separate areas await your arrival. The front bar features a small, intimate stage (now fully covered and weather-proof) while the open-air main stage provides ample room for larger productions.

Check out our online calendar for upcoming events! The New Roxy has it all, with an easy online ticketing system for select events for your convenience.
Be a part of making history!

http://www.newroxy.com

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8:00 pm

Leo Bud Welch

Leo “Bud” Welch Sr. was born in Sabougla, Mississippi in 1932. Bud picked up a guitar for the first time in 1945. By 1947 at age 15, Bud could play well enough to perform publically and garnered the blessing of many elder guitar players. Bud was offered an audition by BB King but could not afford the trip to Memphis. Leo does not believe that Blues is the devil’s music but a way of expressing the highs and lows of one’s life through song. Leo’s debut album “Sabougla Voices” was released January 7, 2014 just two months before his 82nd birthday and his sophomore album “I Don’t Prefer No Blues” was released on March 24, 2015 just two days after his 83rd birthday.

http://www.leobudwelch.com

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Where: Red's Lounge

Red's Lounge? It's the definition of a real-deal Mississippi juke joint. Don't expect to be spoiled with amenities. All you need is a been-there-done-that owner, some beers as big as your head and some "live" blues you'll never forget. (Oh, and MAYBE something out front on the grill.) This is how blues became blues... how the music grew up out of the cotton fields and onto a round piece of vinyl. Speaking of which, the building itself was called "Levine's Music Center" back in the day, and it's where Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm bought the instruments that played the first rock 'n roll song. Yeah, Red's is the real thing for sure...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reds-Blues-Club/163702543685722

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8:00 pm

Bill Abel Band

Bill Abel from Belzoni Mississippi plays the raw gutbucket blues he learned from Paul Jones, T Model Ford, Cadillac John and many other blues legends.

https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Abel-192999535686/

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Where: Levon's Bar & Grill

Steak, Catfish, Burgers Pizza, Pasta Live Music Friday: 8pm BILL ABEL BAND Saturday: 5pm BLACKWATER TRIO 8pm MISSISSIPPI BIGFOOT--Juke Joint Festival Wristband Required Sunday: 3pm DUWAYNE BURNSIDE

https://www.levons.net/

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8:00 pm

Dwanye Burnside Band

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Duwayne Burnside is one of 14 children born to legendary North Mississippi musician R.L. Burnside and his wife, Alice. He has been a frequent performer with the North Mississippi Allstars since the early 1990s, when that group, fronted by Luther and Cody Dickinson, formed. The young Burnside learned his first few guitar licks and chords from his father, but proved a quick study and soon began playing with local club owner Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys. Growing up in Holly Springs, he was close to Memphis, and as soon as he was able to get to Memphis, he did, and soon had the chance to sit in with Little Jimmy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and others.

https://myspace.com/duwayneburnside

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Where: Bluesberry Cafe

Blues Berry Cafe 1st place winners 2007 Jubliee BBQ Cook Off Past Preformers, Malted Milk Band,Lala ,Incode, Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks,Heavy Suga,Razor Blade,Shake it Like A Caveman,The Blind Ducks,Jeff Lewis,and many more. Good Food,Good Music,Good Drinks, = Good Times

https://www.facebook.com/Bluesberry-CAFE-245591678792724/

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8:00 pm

Heavy Suga & the Sweetones

Heather has been singing for 32 years, playing bass for 19 years & knows exactly what makes her spirit dance…BLUES & old SOUL music! Heather was born in Louisiana where she began singing in her childhood. In her early twenty’s, she lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she cut her teeth playing bass for Detroit/Arkansas Bluesman, St. Thomas Jenkins. After his passing, Heather polished her musical chops by playing in several bands in AR. for many years. She then branched out playing in MS. Blues bands Super Chikan & The Fighting Cocks, Stan Street and the Hambone Band, and Big T & The Family which eventually led her to take up residence in Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the world famous “Blues Crossroads,” the place she currently calls home. Although Heather spent several years backing her Blues mentors, she has also fronted her own Soul Blues band, Heavy Suga’ & The SweeTones, for 9 years.

http://www.heathercrosse.com

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, attorney Bill Luckett and music agent Howard Stovall, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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9:00 pm

Sean 'Bad' Apple

Baptized in the fire water of Clarksdale, MS., Sean “Bad” Apple began his spiritual journey of learning the blues by seeking out the old blues musicians that were willing to share their years of knowledge. Sean is working hard to keep Hill Country Blues alive and well. People are always in for a good show and never leave disappointed when the Bad Apple is on the stage

http://seanbadapple.com

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Where: Delta Furniture

Delta Furniture owned by Jim Youngblood has a friendly staff to help you find just what you are looking for. Come in and browse. We carry our own accounts

https://www.facebook.com/Delta-Furniture-Store-534933233283637/

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9:00 pm

Whiskey Barrels

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Where: Hopson Commissary (main stage)

Home of the old Hopson Plantation and the current Shackup Inn, Hopson Commissary is a combination museum and music venue that has to be seen to be believed. Pinetop Perkins drove a tractor out at Hopson in the 40s, and it was also home to the first mechanical cotton picker.

http://hopsonplantation.com

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9:00 pm

Stacey Mitchhart Blues Band

Stacy Mitchhart has built a worldwide fan base thanks to phenomenal live performances, national television exposure, radio airplay, loyal enthusiastic fans and aggressive marketing and merchandising campaigns. His masterful guitar work and strong vocals have been the driving forces behind his successful career.

http://stacymitchhart.com/index.html

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, attorney Bill Luckett and music agent Howard Stovall, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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9:00 pm

All Seeing Eyes

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Where: Shack Up Inn (The Gin)

New, old-style venue at the world-famous Shackup Inn and Cotton Gin Inn.

https://www.shackupinn.com

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9:00 pm

Bishop Gunn

PORCH Foundation fundraiser for New Roxy marquee restoration $10 cover from 8pm

https://www.bishopgunnmusic.com

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Where: New Roxy

The New Roxy is a former movie theater located in the historic New World District of downtown Clarksdale. After deteriorating over a 30-year vacancy, this iconic building is being resurrected as a vibrant music, art, and theater venue for you to discover and enjoy.

Step inside to experience the regrowth—original sloping concrete floor, masonry stage, distressed brick walls, space for dancing, drinking, dining—all beneath a gorgeous view of the night sky through the open rooftop.

We are open throughout the year for events such as festivals, theater performances, film screenings and private parties. Two separate areas await your arrival. The front bar features a small, intimate stage (now fully covered and weather-proof) while the open-air main stage provides ample room for larger productions.

Check out our online calendar for upcoming events! The New Roxy has it all, with an easy online ticketing system for select events for your convenience.
Be a part of making history!

http://www.newroxy.com

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10:00 pm

Carlos Elliot, RL Boyce & Cornlickers

Colombian artist inspired by the beat of rural dance music of north Mississippi, the Hill Country Blues along with a self-discovered sense of spirituality in Blues music, creates a unique sound that blends his backgrounds in African & Latin American music with Rock n’ Roll, incites you to party and the dancing ritual. Considered the Hill Country Blues Pioneer in Latin America.

http://www.carloselliotjr.com/index/

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Where: Bluesberry Cafe

Blues Berry Cafe 1st place winners 2007 Jubliee BBQ Cook Off Past Preformers, Malted Milk Band,Lala ,Incode, Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks,Heavy Suga,Razor Blade,Shake it Like A Caveman,The Blind Ducks,Jeff Lewis,and many more. Good Food,Good Music,Good Drinks, = Good Times

https://www.facebook.com/Bluesberry-CAFE-245591678792724/

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10:00 pm

Lucious Spiller & Cam Kimbrough

Born in St. Louis, Lucious Spiller discovered at an early age that God had blessed him with a special gift. Music permeated his home and he absorbed it all. His father gave Lucious a guitar when he was four and taught him his first chords. He was a natural. He hails from the Spiller family that has contributed to and enhanced the musical experiences of countless people across the country and the world. His family has their own permanent marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, "Black Prairie Blues". His early memories include his father, Lucious Spiller, Sr., his uncle "Magic Sam" and his cousins, Eddie Clearwater and Vernon and Joe Harrington, and many other blues greats performing at his childhood home during family reunions. He was itching to play. He started out playing bass guitar in church. And the rest is history!

https://www.facebook.com/BlueSpiller/

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Where: Red's Lounge

Red's Lounge? It's the definition of a real-deal Mississippi juke joint. Don't expect to be spoiled with amenities. All you need is a been-there-done-that owner, some beers as big as your head and some "live" blues you'll never forget. (Oh, and MAYBE something out front on the grill.) This is how blues became blues... how the music grew up out of the cotton fields and onto a round piece of vinyl. Speaking of which, the building itself was called "Levine's Music Center" back in the day, and it's where Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm bought the instruments that played the first rock 'n roll song. Yeah, Red's is the real thing for sure...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reds-Blues-Club/163702543685722

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11:30 pm

Lightnin' Malcolm

The Mississippi based Multi-instrumentalist combines the Tribal Rhythms and raw electrifying power of the Hill Country Blues with melodic songwriting wisdom of heroes Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. MALCOLM fuses elements of Funk, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, West African World Beat, Gospel and Country to create an Authentic Signature sound in modern day World Roots Music.

https://www.lightninmalcolm.com

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Where: Shack Up Inn (The Gin)

New, old-style venue at the world-famous Shackup Inn and Cotton Gin Inn.

https://www.shackupinn.com

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RELATED EVENTS

(Cover may apply.)

9:00 am

Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop

9 am to 4 pm Wednesday - Saturday Location: Quapaw Canoe Company, 289 Sunflower (Third Street & Sunflower, opposite GRIOT Arts). Contact: 662-627-4070 or 902-7841. Catfish Dugout Canoe carving from 3-ton cottonwood log. Partnership with Spring Initiative and GRIOT ARTS youth programs. This project supported by the Mississippi Arts Commission. All ages welcome. We provide instruction, tools and safety equipment. Children under 12 must be accompanied by parents. Contact: Quapaw Canoe Company 662-627-4070 or john@island63.com.

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Where: Quapaw Canoe Company

All events will meet & take place street level 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale all day 9 - 4pm every day Thursday April 20 – Saturday April 22. For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company or info@island63.com 662-627-4070, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885 or Lena Von Machui 662-313-6220.

http://www.island63.com

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9:00 am

Paddling on the Sunflower River

9 am to 4 pm Wednesday - Saturday (Pick your time and stay out as long as you want) Canoe or kayak or SUP. Paddle the beautiful (and muddy!) Sunflower River through downtown Clarksdale with the “back-door view” of Red’s Lounge, The Riverside Hotel. Possible run through a Delta Wilderness with a take-out at Hopson Plantation. Meet Location: Quapaw Canoe Company, 289 Sunflower Third Street & Sunflower, opposite GRIOT Arts). Contact: 662-627-4070 or 902-7841. See below for options & rates.

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Where: Quapaw Canoe Company

All events will meet & take place street level 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale all day 9 - 4pm every day Thursday April 20 – Saturday April 22. For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company or info@island63.com 662-627-4070, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885 or Lena Von Machui 662-313-6220.

http://www.island63.com

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9:00 am

1Mississippi -- Can the River Count on You?

Ongoing Exhibit and Southern campaign headquarters for the 1Mississippi River Citizen Program. Come on over and learn about how you can help protect and better the waters of America, our drinking water, swimming water & lifeblood of the nation. Become a River Citizen and join us in making the Mississippi River sparkle like the beautiful “Queen of Rivers” that she is. Contact: Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885 or email markriver@island63.com.

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Where: Quapaw Canoe Company

All events will meet & take place street level 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale all day 9 - 4pm every day Thursday April 20 – Saturday April 22. For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company or info@island63.com 662-627-4070, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885 or Lena Von Machui 662-313-6220.

http://www.island63.com

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9:00 am

New Exhibit- "Parchman"

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. DBM open "Parchman" photos by Kim Rushing, the first outside photographer allowed to photograph inmates.

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Where: Delta Blues Museum

Since its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the blues. Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is the state’s oldest music museum.

http://www.deltabluesmuseum.org

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10:00 am

Clarksdale Classic Limo

til 5:00 pm. Then location moves to JLHooker and Third Street. Service until 2 am. $10.00 per person. 662-400-8665

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1:00 pm

Hayden G. Hall Art Gallery Pop-Up

Opening show reception. Thursday 5pm-8pm. Friday 1pm-5pm. Saturday 11am-5pm

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Where: Former Oxbow Restaurant

Opening show reception. Thursday 5pm-8pm. Friday 1pm-5pm. Saturday 11am-5pm

http://www.oxbowclarksdale.com

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2:00 pm

Where: New Roxy

The New Roxy is a former movie theater located in the historic New World District of downtown Clarksdale. After deteriorating over a 30-year vacancy, this iconic building is being resurrected as a vibrant music, art, and theater venue for you to discover and enjoy.

Step inside to experience the regrowth—original sloping concrete floor, masonry stage, distressed brick walls, space for dancing, drinking, dining—all beneath a gorgeous view of the night sky through the open rooftop.

We are open throughout the year for events such as festivals, theater performances, film screenings and private parties. Two separate areas await your arrival. The front bar features a small, intimate stage (now fully covered and weather-proof) while the open-air main stage provides ample room for larger productions.

Check out our online calendar for upcoming events! The New Roxy has it all, with an easy online ticketing system for select events for your convenience.
Be a part of making history!

http://www.newroxy.com

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3:30 pm

Kim Rushing book signing

Booksigning and discussion with author/photographer Kim Rushing about his book, Parchman

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Where: Delta Blues Museum

Since its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the blues. Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is the state’s oldest music museum.

http://www.deltabluesmuseum.org

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Where: Virtual Reality Experience Center

Come on in and try it! 119 East Second Street

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5:00 pm

Clarksdale Classic Limo

Service until 2 am. $10.00 per person. 662-400-8665

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5:00 pm

Welcome Home Aussie Party

Reception welcoming our Aussie friends and other guests from around the world. Everyone is invited. Wine / horderves served.

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Where: The Bank (main stage)

The Bank venue was the original “Bank of Clarksdale” built in 1930. The beautiful marble building is in the Neoclassical/Beaux Arts style. With its towering interior ceiling in the main room, skylights and marble counters, it is the perfect location for hosts who need a large space in which to host their events.

http://www.eventsatthebank.com/about/

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