2019 Performing Musicians

'Skeet' Rodgers & the ICBB

Charles ''Skeet'' Rodgers & The Inner City Blues Band has been performing for 37years, well know and loved in the St.Louis, Mo for their great music!

https://www.facebook.com/Charles-Skeet-Rodgers-The-NEW-Inner-City-Blues-Band-1902327693326908

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Wade Walton Barber Shop Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

19th Street Red

Randy “19th Street Red” Cohen plays the blues. His specialty is Mississippi Delta Blues. Born in Queens, New York and raised in Washington D.C., Randy learned his first Jimmy Reed and Chuck Berry riffs by the time he was ten. Hungry to discover the blues, by the time he was eighteen Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howling Wolf and foremost, T-Bone Walker were the sounds that filled his life.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/Randy-19th-Street-Red-Cohen-129608427050895/

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Quapaw Canoe Stage

Saturday - 10:00 am

Adrian Kosky and Carla Maxwell

Adrian Kosky, an Australian with a bluegrass heart and a bunch of self penned songs was in North Carolina, looking for a ride to Memphis, where he knew the crossroads were near by. He wanted Clarksdale bad, and for years had dreamed of being there. Carla Maxwell, from Memphis, with her family roots deep in Kentucky, ventured to Appalachia to learn about her musical heritage and the music of the mountains. She offered Adrian a ride back to Memphis and a quick taste of Clarksdale, setting the course for a union of friendship, love, music and life. Together, as husband and wife, their music evokes the traditions of folk blues, combined with old time Appalachia, whilst arousing the restless yearning that keeps them on a permanent walkabout between their homes in both the Mississippi Delta and rural Australia. Original “Clarkstralian” folk roots, making it’s first appearance at the Juke Joint Festival 2018.

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The Holy Moly

Saturday - 7:00 pm

Afrissippi

Traditional West African music meets the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues. Fronted by Senegal's Guelel Kumba.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/Afrissippi-54667520058/

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Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (indoor)

Saturday - 1:00 pm

Alice Hasen & the Blaze

Born in Vermont and based in Memphis, Alice Hasen is a professional violinist, recording artist, songwriter, sideman, teacher and vocalist. She leads her original band, Alice Hasen & the Blaze, and is part of the Blackwater Trio, an acoustic rock band. Alice is known for her unique playing style, which combines the virtuosity of her classical upbringing with the freedom and creativity of improvisation. She has been called “one in a million” by Alan Rowoth, founder of folkmusic.org, and “a monster talent” by Jim Hurst, nationally-acclaimed guitarist. She is most at home at the crossroads of genre, pushing the traditional sounds of violin and fiddle out of their comfort zones and into the realms of jazz, pop, funk and rock.

http://alicehasen.com

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Paramount Marquee Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Andre Otha Turner Fife & Drum Band

Mr. Turner played a cane fife that he made from reeds that grew on the bottomland of his farm. He led the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, which was the last survivor of a tradition that had transformed the sound of a Civil War military band into music with clear African roots: a syncopated drumbeat behind sharp, riffing melodies in pentatonic modes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR7WvvprjWk

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Cat Head's Robert Belfour Hill Country Blues Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

Anne Martin

Delta Hot Tamales: History Storeis and Recepes by Anne Martin 3 Hot Ta' Mama's Hot Sauce will be available

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Collective Seed & Supply Co.

History, Stories & Recipes on Tamales

Saturday - 3:30 pm

Collective Seed & Supply Co.

History, Stories & Recipes on Tamales

Saturday - 12:30 pm

Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod

Anthony “Big A” Sherrod is a young Mississippi bluesman, schooled by a noted blues teacher in the area, “Mr. Johnnie” Billington, who taught not only the music but the value of hard work and knowledge of the culture and history from which Mississippi blues emerged, a world where the musicians worked at very hard, low-paying agricultural jobs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnsaLmGmWEw

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Delta Blues Museum Classroom

Call & Response with Big Jon Short

Friday - 10:30 am

Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod & the Allstars w/Space Cowboy

Anthony “Big A” Sherrod is a young Mississippi bluesman, schooled by a noted blues teacher in the area, “Mr. Johnnie” Billington, who taught not only the music but the value of hard work and knowledge of the culture and history from which Mississippi blues emerged, a world where the musicians worked at very hard, low-paying agricultural jobs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnsaLmGmWEw

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The Bank (main stage)

Saturday - 9:00 pm

Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod & the Cornlickers

Young bluesman from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Anthony Sherrod & The Cornlickers are the official house band of Red’s – 'the most famous juke joint in the world'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnsaLmGmWEw

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Collective Seed & Supply Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Austin Walkin Cane

Original & classic delta blues featuring slide guitar and soulful vocals. A blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of highway 61 & the delta blues experience. Austin Walkin\' Cane is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitarist that performs acoustic solo, duo & electric band sets.

http://www.walkincane.com/index.php

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Travelers Hotel Stage

Saturday - 10:00 am

B-Movie Blues Brothers

B-Movie Blues is an experienced 5-piece band: drums, bass, guitar, blues harp, and vocalist.

http://www.b-movieblues.com

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Mr. Tater Memorial Stage

Saturday - 12:00 pm

B4Y2K (DSU)

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry.

http://www.deltastate.edu/news-and-events/2016/01/mississippi-delta-night-in-the-capital-city/

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Delta Blues Museum Stage

Saturday - 5:15 pm

Ben Wiley Payton

Acoustic Mississippi blues at its best from a native musician.

http://benpayton.com/index.html

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Wade Walton Barber Shop Stage

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Big George Brock & New Houserockers w/Renee Smith

BIG GEORGE BROCK... Bigger-than-life, legendary 78-year-old Clarksdale-raised blues harmonica player, singer and band leader who has shared stage or studio with everyone from Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Howlin Wolf to Watermelon Slim, Jimbo Mathus and Steven Seagal. Multi-Blues Music Award nominee who has played festival stages from Chicago to Clarksdale, the UK to France... and beyond! Recorded three acclaimed CDs for the Cat Head Presents label; starred in the film-festival-favorite documentary film "Hard Times; recorded hit "M for Mississippi" theme song for the award-winning film of the same name.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEgkQ8JBj6I

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Hopson Commissary (main stage)

Saturday - 9:00 pm

Big George Brock & the New Houserockers

BIG GEORGE BROCK... Bigger-than-life, legendary 78-year-old Clarksdale-raised blues harmonica player, singer and band leader who has shared stage or studio with everyone from Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Howlin Wolf to Watermelon Slim, Jimbo Mathus and Steven Seagal. Multi-Blues Music Award nominee who has played festival stages from Chicago to Clarksdale, the UK to France... and beyond! Recorded three acclaimed CDs for the Cat Head Presents label; starred in the film-festival-favorite documentary film "Hard Times; recorded hit "M for Mississippi" theme song for the award-winning film of the same name.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEgkQ8JBj6I

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Cat Head Mini Fest

Sunday - 12:00 pm

Big Jon Short

Armed with foot percussion, a National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box reso-hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs.

http://jonshort.com

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Grandma's Blues Club

Sunday coffeehouse blues...

Sunday - 9:00 am

Crossroads Marker Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Bill 'Howl-N-Madd' Perry & Shy Perry

Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry and Shy Perry have travelled extensively as a duet and full band for years. They were recently one of the main musical acts on European Blues Cruise 2016 that sailed on the Mediterranean Sea from Marseille, France to Naples, Rome, and Bastia, Italy. Shy and Bill performed in Marseille and had 5 shows on the ship Croisieres De France.

http://billhowlnmaddperry.com

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Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (indoor)

Saturday - 10:00 am

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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Quapaw Canoe Stage

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Bill Abel Blues 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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Club 2000

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Blue Mother Tupelo

Rising up from the bluffs of Memphis to the mountains of east Tennessee, through the Mississippi Delta to Nashville - Blue Mother Tupelo oozes a deep kind of blue southern soul & roots rock that is truly American. Blue Mother Tupelo is Ricky & Micol Davis. That's us. Micol is pronounced "Michael", by the way, & we've been making music together since before we were married, back in 1994. Our musical life together began in Knoxville, Tennessee when we got started as a duo in '95 & then took us to Nashville in 1998. There have been peaks & valleys, precious memories & lessons, and various configurations along the way; always - solidly - it is the 2 of us.

http://www.bluemothertupelo.com

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New Roxy (front bar stage)

Saturday - 10:30 pm

Brad Webb & David Hudson

I'm Brad Webb. I was born and raised in Memphis, TN, which has a rich musical heritage known the world over from Rock n Roll, Blues, Gospel, Rockabilly, Soul and R&B. I was blessed to be touched by all of these. I got my first guitar, a $13 Kay with painted on pick guard at age 14, a Silver tone at 15 and a Fender Strat at 16. When I started playing gigs at 15 in 1966, Memphis music was going strong and I was interested in all of it. George Klein, a Memphis DJ, had a TV show called Dance Party that always had local bands and international acts such as The Gentry's, Booker T & the MG's, Charlie Rich etc, so as youngsters, we learned to compete at a high level of musicianship.

http://www.bradwebb.com

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Quapaw Canoe Stage

Saturday - 11:00 am

Brett Benton

Hill country and delta blues/rock/roots heard by way of stomping, slide guitar, hollering and story telling...and dancing! Alabama-born and Southern-raised, Brett “Bad Blood” Benton has been obsessed with country blues ever since he was a child, listening to his parent's and grandparent's records at an early age. By his teens he was playing behind a drum kit, and by his early 20's was learning his way around slide guitar. In 2016 he left the South and everything he's ever known to perform his own brand of delta and country style of blues around the country and the world.

https://www.facebook.com/brettbentonblues/

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Mr. Tater Memorial Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Brotha Ric Patton

Ricky L. “Brotha Ric” Patton, Sr. was born in Huntsville, AL but was raised up in Triana, AL. He is the grandson of blues and whiskey man, Paper Thomas Patton. Ric also has a trio band called the “Chickenbone Reunion Band, the band members are Ric, (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Mac Barnes (bass), Kenneth Epps (drums). Ric mostly play solo and bring along kazoos, a shaker, washboard, hula hoops and ask for help with these instruments from his crowd. “What I do is plain Southern Style Funky Blues” says Ric.

https://www.alabamabluesman.com

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Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (indoor)

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Butch Mudbone

Memphis' long-performing Native American bluesman.

http://butchmudbone.com/index.html

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Quapaw Canoe Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

Cadillac John & the Cornlickers

“Cadillac” John Nolden is a blues harmonica player, songwriter, and vocalist from Renova, Mississippi.

http://www.smokestacklightnin.com/Bios/Cadillac%20John%20with%20the%20Cornlickers.htm

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Collective Seed & Supply Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Red's Lounge

Saturday - 9:00 pm

Cadillac John/Bill Abel & Big Damn Band

“Cadillac” John Nolden is a blues harmonica player, songwriter, and vocalist from Renova, Mississippi.

http://www.smokestacklightnin.com/Bios/Cadillac%20John%20with%20the%20Cornlickers.htm

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New Roxy (main stage)

THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO: Juke Joint Festival Edition!

Friday - 6:00 pm

Capt. Dirk

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Crossroads Marker Stage

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Carlos Elliot Jr. & the 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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Collective Seed & Supply Stage

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Carson Diersing

Carson is the youngest endorsee with Hohner Harmonicas. Featured on the Hohner Red Dragon Harmonica box. skateboarding with a harmonica in his hand.

https://carsondiersing.com/

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Delta Blues Museum Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Cristina Vane

Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Cristina Vane is taking the town by storm with her unique blend of blues and folk. Originally from Europe, she draws from such a great host of influences that it is impossible to compare her music to any one artist. That being said, she draws decisively from country blues, delta blues, and American folk music, creating her own flavor of the blues. Whether on the Venice boardwalk busking by the beach or on a stage in Mississippi, her signature resonator bottleneck playing and powerful vocals are unmistakable and unforgettable.

http://www.cristinavane.com

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Crossroads Marker Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

David Daniels

Singer, Song writer, Blues guitarist, at David Daniels Ban

https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-daniels-80980580

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Crossroads Marker Stage

Saturday - 11:00 am

David Dunavent

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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Hambone Art & Music Stage

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Deak Harp

Deak Harp has been playing harmonica since he was 12 years old. His biggest early inspiration came when his brother introduced him to the music of James Cotton. Deak followed Cotton's band along the east coast for close to five years before Cotton offered Deak a job driving his van. For the next six years, Deak toured with the James Cotton blues band, eventually opening acts and playing along with "Superharp" himself.

http://www.deakharp.com

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Delta Furniture Blues Club

Saturday - 10:00 pm

Delta Blues Museum Arts & Education Students

The purpose of the Delta Blues Museum’s Arts and Education Program is to continue the great musical tradition born in the Mississippi Delta: the Delta blues. The Arts and Education program teaches students to play music and keeps the history of the Delta blues alive. Students are taught to play the blues on the instrument or instruments of their choice. Instruments – drums, guitars, and keyboards – are provided by the museum for use in the classroom and authorized performances. However, we encourage students to purchase their own instruments. Instructors utilize the oral tradition, recorded music, video, instruction books, and handouts to educate the students in a classroom environment. The students progress from learning the basics of playing music to working together as a band.

https://www.deltabluesmuseum.org/programs.asp

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Delta Blues Museum Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

Derek St. Holmes

Known primarily as the rhythm guitarist and vocalist on Ted Nugent's early (and best) solo albums, Derek St. Holmes has also subsequently lent his talents to recordings by other artists and by the dawn of the 21st century, finally launched his own solo career. Hailing from a small city not far from Detroit (Riverview, MI), St. Holmes became originally interested in music via his mother, who sang regularly in a church choir. Not long after, St. Holmes picked up guitar and began to sing himself and was influenced by the usual Brit-rock suspects of the '60s (the Rolling Stones, the Beatles), but also soul and blues artists (Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King). By the early '70s, St. Holmes was fronting a local Michigan rock outfit called Scott, who opened up several shows for Ted Nugent. Nugent's singer at the time left the Motor City Madman high and dry and several auditions were arranged with St. Holmes, all of which proved unfruitful. Just as St. Holmes was about to relocate to the West Coast to try his luck there, a final audition was arranged and this time, St. Holmes and Nugent decided to unite.

https://www.facebook.com/DerekStHolmes/

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Ground Zero Blues Club

Saturday - 9:00 pm

Dicky James

Dicky James is an American Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is a highly skilled performer specializing in Chicago, Memphis, and Mississippi Hill Country style Blues. “The Blues is like a jealous lover. You be true to her, she’ll be true to you.” --Dicky James

http://www.dickyjames.com

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Stone Pony Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Donna Herula

Donna Herula is a Chicago-born singer and acoustic blues slide guitarist that has a passion for playing traditional country and Delta Blues in addition to contemporary and original blues. Her sound combines her love for music of the Deep South with her love of blues guitar improvisation. Donna is a regular performer at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and has opened for Buddy Guy multiple times. She is also a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago where she teaches Acoustic Slide Guitar group and individual lessons.

http://donnaherula.com

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Collective Seed & Supply Stage

Saturday - 10:00 am

Duwayne & Garry Burnside w/David Kimbrough

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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Pete's Grill

Saturday - 9:00 pm

Duwayne Burnside

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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Cat Head's Robert Belfour Hill Country Blues Stage

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Earl 'Guitar' Williams

Raised in Bessemer, Alabama, Earl recognized he had an interest in music at the young age of seven. He often watched television and admired Roy Rogers, Ricky Nelson, and Elvis Presley as they played guitars. It was exciting to Earl to hear such melodious sounds come from guitars. He decided that he wanted to play a guitar and asked his parents to purchase one for him. Coming from a family of nine children, they could not afford to buy a guitar for him. However, Earl learned that Bo Didley made his own guitar out of a cigar box. Because he was so determined to have a guitar to play, Earl then focused on making his own. With much thought and anticipation, he successfully crafted a guitar. He used a King Edward cigar box, a broomstick, and fishing cord for the strings. It was the beginning of his musical career, and the rest is history.

https://www.facebook.com/EarlGuitarWilliams/

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Travelers Hotel Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

Earnest 'Guitar' Roy & Clarksdale Rockers

Earnest Roy, Jr. was born on September 25th, 1958 in Clarksdale, Mississippi under the watchful eye of his late, great father and guitarist, Earnest Roy, Sr, who worked with Jackie Brinston, Ike Turner, John Lee Hooker, Wade Walton, Raymond Hill and many of the other Clarksdale bluesman. Earnest’s father taught him bass guitar at the early age of five, and when Earnest turned eight, he began playing in his fathers band, “Earnest Roy and the Clarksdale Rockers”, who's members included Big Jack Johnson, C.V. Ville, and Raymond Hill. At age eleven, Earnest Jr. began playing lead guitar. From 1993 to 2001, Earnest played for the international televangelist and pastor Rod Parsley, whose ministry aired on 320 nations around the world. In 2001, Earnest "Guitar" Roy returned to his blues roots when he began touring and appearing at blues and jazz festivals with Sam Carr. Earnest's most recent CD is Going Down to Clarksdale from 2011.

http://blues.gr/profiles/blogs/clarksdale-s-native-bluesman-earnest-guitar-roy-talks-about-the

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The Bank (indoor)

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Eden Brent

Nicknamed "Little Boogaloo" by her Mississippi Delta mentor Boogaloo Ames, Eden Brent is much more than her signature boogie-woogie piano and juke-joint blues holler. She is a celebrated songwriter and dynamic performer, with numerous nominations and awards including eleven Blues Music Award nominations since 2009 and three BMA trophies. Her most recent Yellow Dog Records album, Jigsaw Heart was nominated for BMA Acoustic Album of the Year, continuing a streak of nominations for her last three albums.

https://www.edenbrent.com

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Meraki Coffee Roasters

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Frenchies Blues Destroyers

Things were happening fast for the hotshot southpaw guitarist from Nimes, France, who funded his move to the States by selling a Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar. But you can’t really play the blues until you’ve paid some dues and for Frenchie it’s been a rough and tumble 20 years from when he was a 17-year-old high school dropout jamming with blues legend Lucky Peterson at a French festival to the Nov. 9, 2018, release of Love Is Blood by his Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers duo with drummer Brother Pete Coatney. “I grew up on American music — rock ’n’ roll and blues — but back when I was playing in France I felt somewhat like a copycat,” Frenchie says. “But as soon as I landed in the U.S. I felt at home, because this was where the music I loved was born.” Although he’s played with many greats and co-founded the Redneck Social Club collective (co-writing Colt Ford’s hit “DWI: Dancing While Intoxicated” from the #1 country album Declaration of Independence) in Nashville, Frenchie says “the highlight of my musical career was becoming a U.S. citizen” in August of 2016. America has inspired Kevin “Frenchie” Sciou to follow his path. From his humble beginnings to today’s adventures, make no mistake … Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers is an all American band!

https://www.bluesdestroyers.com

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Hambone Art & Music Stage

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Garry Burnside

Cat Head's Robert Belfour Hill Country Blues Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Ghalia Volt

Ghalia is an emerging Blues, R&R singer/songwriter from the city of Brussels, BE. For the last six years, she's been working as a solo artist as well as bandleader of two home-made acts: "Ghalia & The Naphtalines", a high energy boogie, rhythm’n’blues band and her (all-original) project "Voodoo Casino", with whom she recorded her first album in 2016.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwiC0ISOx6jhAhVBY6wKHTj4COAQFjAAegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2

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Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (indoor)

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Grace Askew Band

Grace Askew (pronounced “Ask You”) is an incessant songwriter. Each and every day of 2018 she has written a new song and performed it live for her fans on Facebook and Instagram. She maintains this practice while touring, collaborating on projects with Wrangler and Stetson in New Mexico, developing new sounds, and recording. Her mantra “creativity is a muscle; dare to suck” epitomizes her endeavor, as she explores the limits of her muse. Grace was a contestant on Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice (team Blake). She has won numerous songwriting awards, including Unsigned Only (First Place, Americana, 2017), the International Songwriting Competition (First Place, Americana, 2016), and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2014 Grand Prize, Folk). PBS featured her on the show Sun Sessions. Grace’s influences include Cat Power, Jeff Buckley, and Tom Waits. Grace has joined James McMurtry, Leon Russell, Marty Stuart, T-Model Ford, Jesse Winchester, Lisa Marie Presley, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Colter Wall, and Hayes Carll. She regularly tours the country, with particular emphasis on the Mississippi Delta and the Southwest.

https://graceaskew.com

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The Bank (main stage)

Saturday - 7:00 pm

Griot Band

The Griot Youth Program is a community of students actively engaged in making their community and world a better place through the arts and community service. We provide excellent teaching in various arts mediums, encouraging academic discipline, and a thriving mentoring program.

https://www.griotarts.com

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Delta Blues Museum Stage

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Guy Davis

Guy Davis once said, “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have the dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.” Blowing that dust off just enough to see its beauty is something Guy has excelled at for over twenty years of songwriting and performing. It’s no wonder his reverence for the music of the Blues Masters who’ve gone before him has been evident in every album he’s ever recorded or concert he’s given. Guy has had his musical storytelling influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, and his musicality from artists as diverse as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Babatunde Olatunji. However, there’s one man that Guy most credits for his harmonica techniques, by stealing and crediting from him everything that he could, and that man is the legendary Sonny Terry. International touring bluesman and recording artist, making his debut in Clarksdale, Mississippi!

http://guydavis.com/wp/

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Stone Pony Stage

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Ground Zero Blues Club

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Gyasi

In the woods of West Virginia, in an isolated hollow, a young boy thought he was a peacock. When he realized, much to his dismay, that he was not a peacock, he picked up a guitar. From then on the sounds of him loudly playing along to the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix could be heard echoing through the hollow. Somehow placed between roaming peacocks, a family of Russian intellectuals, and parents dedicated to living off the land, Gyasi was brought up in an environment that could only be described as unique. It was an isolated world, where life felt like a time capsule of a different era. With a precociously early interest in music, dance, and performance, Gyasi found himself altogether removed from his peers growing up in typical rural West Virginia culture. From his parents he inherited a love of blues, jazz and world music, and silent movies. Through the mentorship of the Russian immigrants next door, he learned about the heroes of the British Invasion, glam rock, and psychedelia.

https://gyasimusic.com/home

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Travelers Hotel Stage

Saturday - 11:00 am

Gypsy Blue

Clarksdale's Ron Parks and his all-star blues band!

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The Bank (indoor)

Saturday - 1:00 pm

Hal Reed & the MOB

Though Blues harpist, singer, and educator, Hal Reed is currently living in Bettendorf, IA, he was born just a few miles from the Mississippi Delta and grew up surrounded by legends of blues music. His playing brims with the stamp of authenticity, having a triple-fisted influence of Mississippi, Gospel and Chicago style blues pumping through his heart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_hJEpig1Qk

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Paramount Marquee Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Harp, Hart & Bones

Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (indoor)

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Heavy Suga & the SweeTones

Heather Crosse leads a high-energy Clarksdale band through blues and soul classics and originals!

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=12&ved=2ahUKEwiIxoqxkKrhAhUGOK0KHcMIAsMQtwIwC3oECAIQAQ&url=https%3

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Delta Furniture Blues Club

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Hezekiah Early & Robert Lee 'Lil Poochie' Watson

Natchez-based drummer, harmonica player and vocalist Hezekiah Early was born on October 7, 1934 on a farm in the community of Anna’s Bottom, located about a dozen miles north of Natchez adjacent to the Mississippi River. Some of first music that Early heard as a young man was that of local fife and drum groups, which consisted of a fife player, two snare drums, and a bass player. His father, Wilson, played fife, and Early learned to play all the instruments himself. He continued playing in such bands until 1970, and says that he would like to revive the tradition.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=early_hezekiah

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Mr. Tater Memorial Stage

Saturday - 11:00 am

Grandma's Blues Club

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Cat Head Mini Fest

Sunday - 10:00 am

Hoodoo Men

MississippiToChicago'LectrifiedBaconGreaseCornLiquorButtShakingGonnaBoogieTillThePoliceComePorkChopSamich&aSideOfHogMawswithHotSauceJukeJointBlues.

https://www.facebook.com/Hoodoo-Men-576979845680590/

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Wade Walton Barber Shop Stage

Saturday - 11:00 am

Ilana Katz Katz

ilana Katz Katz has been hailed as “a rising star with her own blend of Blues and old-time Appalachian fiddling.” Ilana began as a busker in 2008, playing the crowded platforms of Boston’s subway stations. After a chance meeting with Ronnie Earl at a Billy Boy Arnold concert in 2013, Ronnie invited Ilana to sit in with him at an upcoming show. He subsequently took her under his wing, offering to accompany Ilana on her 2014 debut record, showcasing her as his guest in many shows around Boston and New York.

https://www.ilanakatz.com/biography/

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Stone Pony Stage

Saturday - 11:00 am

James 'Super Chikan' Johnson (solo)

Rare chance to catch the blues bird in a SOLO "live" performance! James “Super Chikan” Johnson was born in the small Delta community of Darling in 1951 and grew up in rural towns around the area. As a young boy living in the country, he developed an interest in his family’s chickens and spent time trying to understand the meaning of the noises they made. His friends and family soon began calling him “the old chicken boy” or “Chicken” for short. He received the other half of his moniker during a stint working as a taxi driver in Clarksdale. His speedy driving earned him the new nickname “Super Chikan.”

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=johnson_james

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Paramount Marquee Stage

Saturday - 5:00 pm

JD Sipe & Bryan Blue

j.d. has been a bluesman since 1967 and an artist all his life. he has shown worldwide.

https://www.facebook.com/jd-Sipe-Folk-Art-289058096534/

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Hambone Art & Music Stage

Saturday - 11:00 am

Jesse Cotton Stone

Colorado-born, American highway-raised, bluesman.

https://www.cottonstonemusic.com

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Quapaw Canoe Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes

Jimmy "Duck" Holmes is the proprietor of one of the oldest juke joints in Mississippi, the Blue Front in Bentonia. In the mid-2000s he began performing blues actively after many years of performing casually, and has already garnered several awards and many accolades. He is a practitioner and conscious advocate of a distinctive blues style from his hometown whose most famous proponent was blues pioneer Skip James.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=holmes_jimmy

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Wade Walton Barber Shop Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Club 2000

Saturday - 7:00 pm

John Ford

https://johnfordblues.com/bio

https://johnfordblues.com/home

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Hambone Art & Music Stage

Saturday - 10:00 am

John Horton Blues Band

Blues guitarist, vocalist and bandleader John Horton was born in Arcola in 1959. His family initially lived in Holly Ridge, and then moved to the outskirts of Greenville, where he currently resides. He grew up with his father, who worked as a bulldozer driver, a job that Horton has had since shortly after graduating from high school.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=horton_john

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The Delta Byrd

Saturday - 8:00 pm

John Mohead

His rootsy, Delta blues-rock tunes go down like good bourbon on a summer night. His slide work dances like moths around a porch light and his original songs take the listener to a beloved, homey place. Mohead’s music is deeply rooted in Mississippi where he makes his home. It is imbued with the inevitable influences of the blues masters who seem to sprout from the Delta as if planted by some unseen hand. A hand that loves the blues.

http://deltabohemian.com/mohead/

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Wade Walton Barber Shop Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Johnie B. & 'Queen' Iretta Sanders

A modern-day Ike and Tina, - Queen Iretta and Johnie B are a high energy blues Act, - whether as a duo or a full band. They have their own style of delivering music, everywhere they play, and are often asked back, or to sit in with other Blues Artists, such as The Dee Miller Band, or Barbra Leshore, in Minnesota did most of all our shows, in Chicago. Queen Iretta has sang on stage with people like westside Mary Lane, Willie Dee, and Linsey Alexzander,

http://www.johniebsanders.com

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The Bank (indoor)

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Johnny Lowebow

Johnny Lowebow is the stage name for John Lowe, musician and bookstore owner from Memphis TN who has become known for his unusual electric cigar box guitars called :Lowebows”. His live shows have been described as “brutal blues blasts” by fellow cigar box guitarist, Shane Speal. Johnny Lowebow’s set-up is a mixture of old drum parts, milk crates, guitar amps and his ever present Lowebow. The Lowebow cigar box guitar is a bizarre instrument made from two oak dowel rods, a wooden cigar box, three guitar strings and a bass string. It is played with a slide in the old blues tradition, but that’s about the only thing traditional about it. Lowe wires each instrument with hand-made pickups so that the Lowebow is broadcast through two amplifiers. The result is a massive wall of sound, one side low and grumbly, the other side screaming like a jet. There isn’t a style of music Lowe won’t try. His set lists contain everything from Johnny Cash to punk pioneer, Iggy Pop. Lowe regularly sets up on Beale Street, playing for passers-by.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=13&ved=2ahUKEwjX7eaJ1qjhAhURbawKHRQtBOAQFjAMegQIAxAB&url=https%3A%

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Travelers Hotel Stage

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Johnny Rawls

American soul blues singer, guitarist, arranger, songwriter and record producer. He was influenced by the deep soul music of the 1960s, as performed by O. V. Wright, James Carr, and Z. Z. Hill, although his styling, production and lyrics are more contemporary in nature.

http://www.johnnyrawlsblues.com

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Hambone Art & Music Stage

Saturday - 6:00 pm

Johnny Rawls Blues Band

American soul blues singer, guitarist, arranger, songwriter and record producer. He was influenced by the deep soul music of the 1960s, as performed by O. V. Wright, James Carr, and Z. Z. Hill, although his styling, production and lyrics are more contemporary in nature.

http://www.johnnyrawlsblues.com

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Hambone Art & Music

Saturday - 9:00 pm

Kenny Brown

American blues slide guitarist skilled in the North Mississippi Hill Country blues style.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Brown_(guitarist)

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Delta Blues Museum Classroom

Call & Response with Big Jon Short

Friday - 1:30 pm

Cat Head's Robert Belfour Hill Country Blues Stage

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Shack Up Inn (The Gin)

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Kern Pratt & the Accused

"Music courses through Kern Pratt's veins as sure as the Mississippi River flows through the Delta, and just like the Mighty River has affected lives up and down its banks, Kern touches the souls of those who hear his music. After all, music is the voice of the soul and Kern helps us hear it loud and clear. Kern's music blends all that is good about Delta music and takes it out into the world. His rock-influenced blues produces funky, bluesy, jazzy, toe-tapping tunes that are a blend of the musicians who influenced him along with life experiences that have left a mark on him personally and his music.

http://www.kernpratt.com

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Wade Walton Barber Shop Stage

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Kevin Gordon

“Terrific… Another keeper… He’s one of America’s finest, most literary and talented musicians… it’s the way Gordon crafts his words to reflect reality without cliché that helps the music resonate long after the last note has faded.”- Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter, July 23, 2018

http://kg.kevingordon.net

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Mr. Tater Memorial Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

La La

Keyboardist/singer/songwriter LaLa Craig got her start in her hometown of Oceanside, CA, performing with her family's country band at the tender age of 4. Taking a turn at dabbling for decades in every style imaginable, LaLa found her true calling when the blues spoke to her at the age of 33. "Almost on a dare" (as she puts it), LaLa entered her first blues tune, 'Blue Is Hardly The Word' in the 1998 San Diego Songwriters Guild Competition & to her astonishment, took home first prize. It was the move that was to send her on a musical sojourn beyond anything she could have possibly imagined. Her quest to seek authenticity led her to the Mississippi Delta where, like so many blues men & women before her, she sought to unearth for herself the roots of this distinctly American treasure known as the blues, & found herself almost instantly transformed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq7UhlEdO8s

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Collective Seed & Supply Stage

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Lady Trucker

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Collective Seed & Supply Stage

Saturday - 11:00 am

Lew Jetton & 61 South

Lew Jetton learned The Blues while working in the cotton fields of his native West Tennessee as a teenager and young man. Musically, he had 2 of the best mentors you could think of. While working in Jackson, Tennessee, he became acquainted with the legendary Carl Perkins. Later, after moving to Western Kentucky, he was befriended by blues legend Snooky Pryor, who hailed from just across the Ohio River in Southern Illinois. Lew joined the blues band 61 South in 1994 as a guitar player, then took over as the frontman a year later.

http://www.lewjetton.com

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Crossroads Marker Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Libby Rae Watson

Libby Rae is an authentic Blues woman who has been playing Blues since the early 1970's. She helped organize the talent for the very first Delta Blues Festival in Greenville, MS in 1978.

http://www.libbyrae.com

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Travelers Hotel Stage

Saturday - 12:00 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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Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE "live" blues

Friday - 4:00 pm

Cat Head's Robert Belfour Hill Country Blues Stage

Saturday - 11:00 am

Shack Up Inn (The Gin)

Saturday - 10:00 pm

Cat Head Mini Fest

Sunday - 2:00 pm

Little Joe Ayers

Earl “Little Joe” Ayers is a blues guitarist and singer based in Holly Springs, Mississippi. For over thirty years, he was a member of the Soul Blues Boys, Junior Kimbrough’s long-time backing band.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=ayers_joe

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Cat Head's Robert Belfour Hill Country Blues Stage

Saturday - 10:00 am

Little Willie Farmer

“Little Willie” Farmer is a self-taught guitarist, who developed a style that is closest to the Memphis Blues, a mixture of Soul and Blues. He writes and performs original music and has produced several CDs. He performs in clubs, festivals, and for private parties and also does Blues education workshops, having worked with Johnnie Billington, and Jerry Fair in the Montgomery County School District, the Montgomery County Arts Council and Action Communication and Education Reform’s Cultural Arts and Multimedia Project.

http://www.arts.ms.gov/artist-roster/artist.php?n=farmer_little_willie&r=artist-roster

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Paramount Marquee Stage

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Louis 'Gearshifter' Youngblood

Louis Arzo Youngblood, aka “Gearshifter,” is a Jackson-based guitarist and vocalist who performs a unique blend of country blues, modern soul-blues, and everything in between.

http://www.arts.ms.gov/folklife/artist.php?dirname=youngblood_louis

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Mr. Tater Memorial Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Cotton Boll Court

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Cat Head Mini Fest

Sunday - 1:00 pm

Lucious Spiller

Lucious Spiller was born in St.Louis, MO. At an early age, he discovered that God had blessed him with a special gift. His dad gave him a guitar when he was four. Immediately he was a natural, he started out playing in church. Lucious has performed with countless well known musicians to include Bo Diddly, Larry “Totsy” Davis, Albert King, Eddie Clearwater, Robert Cray. He has been opening act for such artists as the legendary Ritchie Havens’ Bobby “Blue” Bland and the infamous Tower of Power, Zach Brown, and many others. His music is an energized mix of new blues and old school injected with a contemporary edge. His songs are brought to vivid life by his unlimited energy.

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

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Wade Walton Barber Shop Stage

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Lucious Spiller Blues Band

Lucious Spiller was born in St.Louis, MO. At an early age, he discovered that God had blessed him with a special gift. His dad gave him a guitar when he was four. Immediately he was a natural, he started out playing in church. Lucious has performed with countless well known musicians to include Bo Diddly, Larry “Totsy” Davis, Albert King, Eddie Clearwater, Robert Cray. He has been opening act for such artists as the legendary Ritchie Havens’ Bobby “Blue” Bland and the infamous Tower of Power, Zach Brown, and many others. His music is an energized mix of new blues and old school injected with a contemporary edge. His songs are brought to vivid life by his unlimited energy.

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

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Delta Blues Alley Cafe (backroom stage)

Saturday - 9:00 pm

Cat Head Mini Fest

Sunday - 4:00 pm

Marcus 'Mookie' Cartwright & Carla Robinson

Mookie is an Arkansas blues guitar prodigy. Miss Carla is a long-time bassist.

https://www.facebook.com/marcus.cartwright.96

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Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (indoor)

Saturday - 11:00 am

Mark 'Mule Man' Massey & Billy Earheart

This Mississippi band is tearing up the south with their brand of Hill Country, and soulful blues, featuring Mark "The Muleman" Massey on vocals and guitar, and Grammy & Emmy award winner Billy Earheart on piano and organ, with Dave Bennett bass and Walter Pope drums, from the Memphis Blues Society and 40 yrs veterans of the music scene.

https://www.reverbnation.com/markmulemanmasseyband

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Levon's Bar & Grill

Saturday - 10:00 pm

Marshall Drew

Marshall Drew was born on January 11, 1984 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He took an interest in music at a young age, learning to play guitar at age five and beginning to write songs at eight. He played in several local bands during his teens, often performing blues music throughout the Mississippi Delta. Drew, however, cites classic rock-era singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young as his primary influences. He is also heavily influenced by highly melodic rock bands such as The Beatles and Big Star.[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Drew

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The Bank (indoor)

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Mike Munson

Mike Munson makes his home in Winona, Minnesota, a town sandwiched between the Mississippi River and the bluffs, with train tracks cutting through its middle. Well known for playing outstanding slide guitar blues, the driving rhythms in his songs are reminiscent of the trains that barrel through his neighborhood. He’s a humble fellow who loves making food and playing guitar and singing. Munson’s blues influences include Fred McDowell, Jack Owens, and Jesse Mae Hemphill – who all hailed from areas of rural Mississippi that Munson visits often. (His upcoming album, “Rose Hill”, was recorded in Bentonia, MS at the Blue Front Cafe, the oldest juke joint in Mississippi owned by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes.) From sad and somber slow tunes to swampy, caterwauling stompers, his music is a master class in creative blues composition and performance, lyrically compelling, full of unique turns and twists, yet never losing sight of his art form and the music’s roots.

http://www.mikemunson.net

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Paramount Marquee Stage

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Mississippi Marshall Hopper

Popular Mississippi bluesman plays traditional music — new and old.

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

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Hambone Art & Music Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Mississippi Stomp

If you're reading this right now, you've probably been indoctrinated into the mysteries of the mythical Mississippi night. You've felt the sweet taste from a fruit jar….you've seen the moonlight through the trees bathing the surreal shapes of the kudzu cloaked hills. This is the first recording by the group Mississippi Stomp. It's a long time coming. The songs at the heart of "Chickasaw Lodge" bear witness to the combined experience and talent of it's members, all native Mississippians.

https://mississippistomp.com

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The Bank (indoor)

Saturday - 11:00 am

Mr. Hot 'T' Molly's Malcolm Dye

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Collective Seed & Supply Co.

The Art of Rolling Tamales

Saturday - 1:30 pm

Collective Seed & Supply Co.

The Art of Rolling Tamales

Saturday - 4:15 pm

Musicians' Acoustic Jam

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JJF Acoustic Blues Jam Tent hosted by "Green Bullet" Luke

Saturday - 10:00 am

JJF Acoustic Blues Jam Tent hosted by "Green Bullet" Luke

Saturday - 11:00 am

JJF Acoustic Blues Jam Tent hosted by "Green Bullet" Luke

Saturday - 12:00 pm

JJF Acoustic Blues Jam Tent hosted by "Green Bullet" Luke

Saturday - 1:00 pm

JJF Acoustic Blues Jam Tent hosted by "Green Bullet" Luke

Saturday - 2:00 pm

JJF Acoustic Blues Jam Tent hosted by "Green Bullet" Luke

Saturday - 3:00 pm

JJF Acoustic Blues Jam Tent hosted by "Green Bullet" Luke

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Ol' Skool Revue (Delta State University)

Ol’ Skool Revue, a musical group of students and faculty from the DMI Entertainment Industry program at Delta State University, is an area favorite to music lovers of the ol’ skool sound. Ol’ Skool Revue has an extensive repertoire that includes hits from the Blues, R&B, Soul, and Funk genres. Band members have become students of the history of the songs and the session musicians that made the songs hits, such as the Funk Brothers from Motown, the Stax session players from Memphis, and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section from north Alabama.

http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/delta-music-institute/services/

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Delta Blues Museum Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Otis 'TCB' Taylor

All Aboard! that Blues Train. it's your boy Otis "TCB" Taylor. it's going down sunflower river blues fest, at Delta Blues alley Clarksdale miss. TCB ant the Main Stage Band will be performing from 1030pm to 1230pm at Adel's Blues alley, across from ground zero blues club, on Saturday nite. their will be a cover charge, so hey after William bell do his thang on the stage, come on over and check out a real live soul-blues performance from the hottest band in the land. [come on and do wat u do].

https://www.facebook.com/otis.taylor.102

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The Bank (indoor)

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Pat Moss

Kansas City soul-bluesman, guitarist Pat Moss has been visiting Clarksdale for years.

http://www.jookjointpreacher.com

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Quapaw Canoe Stage

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Pat Thomas

The son of famed Mississippi bluesman James “Son” Thomas, from Leland, Mississippi, carries on the family blues business, keeping his fatherʼs songs alive, as well as doing his own thing in the country blues tradition. His dad, as many blues fans know, was brought to the international blues forefront by musicologist William Ferris. Pat Thomas is also a well renowned folk artist who makes clay sculpture of birds, animals, and human faces, also a passion he shares with his late father.

http://www.thecountryblues.com/artist-reviews/pat-thomas/

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Stone Pony Stage

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Phillip Carter & the Get Down

Born in the blues fertile city of Clarksdale, MS, Phillip came to the blues at a relatively young age. Since then, he has focused his energy into lively and driving covers of original blues songs spiced with his own improvisational attitude. A regular at world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Phillip has entertained thousands during the annual Juke Joint Festival and Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival for years and has also performed as a side man across the Delta.

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

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Mr. Tater Memorial Stage

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Piano Red

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Mr. Tater Memorial Stage

Saturday - 10:00 am

Preston Rumbaugh

His years of playing Nashville, Clarksdale and Memphis have served his blues well.

https://www.facebook.com/preston.rumbaugh.5

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Stone Pony Stage

Saturday - 3:00 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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Hambone Art & Music Stage

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Ray Cashman

Ray Cashman is a blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, who performs mainly solo or as a duo and occasionaly with a electric band. Armed with a National guitar, stomp box and a Fender amp he performs a blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of the Mississippi delta.

http://www.raycashman.net/index/

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Hambone Art & Music Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

Reba Russell

Reba Russell is a name synonymous with the Memphis Music scene. ​ Beginning early in the 1980’s (with band’s Visions, Portrait, and Reba and the Portables) and now currently fronting the Reba Russell Band, Reba has covered most bases in the music industry. She is a published songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, backing vocalist, bandleader and producer, as well as a touring and recording artist. Reba Russell and her band tour throughout the United States and Europe and have released 8 Independent Albums. She is a highly respected Memphis studio/session vocalist but she is perhaps more popularly known as a powerful live performer.

https://www.rebarussell.com

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Stone Pony Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Rev. John Wilkins Band

Call it what you want. Memphis based Rev. John Wilkins is fundamentally a bluesman in the North Mississippi Hill Country tradition who sings sacred lyrics and a spiritual country blues– but if you are one of the many blues fans internationally who does not speak English, it will sound like plain old blues. It’s all good.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwj0uLzNmarhAhVQL6wKHawpCV0QFjAAegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2

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New Roxy (main stage)

FREE Juke Joint Festival KICK-OFF CONCERT

Thursday - 6:30 pm

Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band

Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.

http://www.bigdamnband.com

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New Roxy (main stage)

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Cat Head Mini Fest

Sunday - 11:00 am

Rev. Robert

Reverend Robert is a master of prewar blues. He has delved deep into the styles of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and other delta blues giants. In the past two decades he has become accomplished at many other early twentieth century styles including ragtime and early jazz, Hawaiian, African and Caribbean. He combines these styles seamlessly in a combination of infectious rhythm and an authentic acoustic sound. In 2004 he took first place at the National Slide Guitar Festival in North Carolina The Reverend is known for his true conviction, and powerful delivery. You can hear it on his latest CD "Shake That Thing."

http://revrobert.com

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Stone Pony Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

Rip Lee Pryor

Richard "Rip Lee" Pryor didn't have to go far for his blues pass. He was born into it, he is the son of the legendary Snooky Pryor. Rip started at a young tender age blowing his dad's discarded harmonicas and mimicking his records. Rip played guitar in several local soul bands while in high school. In 1994, he started playing blues guitar with his dad, netting a spot on Snooky's CD recording "Mind Your Own Business" and also a Japan tour. Rip formed several blues bands in the Carbondale Il area, singing and blowing harmonica. In 1998, he recorded a CD "Pitch a Boogie Woogie" playing all instruments on 8 of the tracks. Later he got into doing his solo act playing guitar and harmonica. With the hassle of music and a day job he got out of the music business in 2000. After retiring from his day job in 2008 and a bout with bone marrow cancer in 2010, Rip is back and very strong. He has been working steady with his One Man Blues Show touring South America, Europe, playing various local venues and blues festivals throughout the US. Rip recorded a CD in 2014 with Electro-Fi Records "Nobody But Me". Rip plays Chicago '50's style blues with a vengence.

http://www.ripleepryor.com

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Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (indoor)

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Levon's Bar & Grill

Saturday - 9:00 pm

RL Boyce & Como Breakdown

RL Boyce is a blues musician from Como, Mississippi. Born in 1955, he picked up music as a teenager, starting out as a drummer in the local fife-and-drum bands of Otha Turner and Napolian Strickland, and later with Jessie Mae Hemphill as heard on her classic "Feelin' Good" album. He is also a singer and guitarist, inspired by his neighbors RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, as well as the records of John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf. Boyce developed an individual style that draws upon songs from the local repertoire and interprets them with a considerable degree of enthusiasm and spontaneity. Though his recorded output is slim, Boyce's renown has grown over the years and his performances at his frequent house/yard parties attract friends, neighbors, and visitors from around the world.

https://www.facebook.com/RLBoyceBlues/

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Cat Head's Robert Belfour Hill Country Blues Stage

Saturday - 1:15 pm

RL Boyce, Carlos Elliot Jr., The Cornlickers

RL Boyce is a blues musician from Como, Mississippi. Born in 1955, he picked up music as a teenager, starting out as a drummer in the local fife-and-drum bands of Otha Turner and Napolian Strickland, and later with Jessie Mae Hemphill as heard on her classic "Feelin' Good" album. He is also a singer and guitarist, inspired by his neighbors RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, as well as the records of John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf. Boyce developed an individual style that draws upon songs from the local repertoire and interprets them with a considerable degree of enthusiasm and spontaneity. Though his recorded output is slim, Boyce's renown has grown over the years and his performances at his frequent house/yard parties attract friends, neighbors, and visitors from around the world.

https://www.facebook.com/RLBoyceBlues/

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Red's Lounge

Saturday - 10:00 pm

RL SUPERBAD

Robin Lane is the heart of an act that continually conjures up the memory of Mr. Tater.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtGiID3rT_A

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Paramount Marquee Stage

Saturday - 10:00 am

Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection

Ever since I was knee-high to a duck, my dad called me “Willey Woot” and it sticks with me today. That’s what I am calling this CD. This is a mix of songs from my previous self produced CDs in the COTTON PATCH BLUES STYLE that I was raised on. That original SOUL BLUES like my Poppa played. I hope you enjoy.

http://robertkimbroughsr.com/

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Cat Head's Robert Belfour Hill Country Blues Stage

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Messenger's

Saturday - 9:00 pm

Ryan Lee Crosby

With an intercontinental band, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Lee Crosby blends essences of American folk-blues and North Indian raga into meditative songs of impermanence, compassion and joy. Crosby’s music is a pleasing mix of improvised and composed material, performed on traditional and modern instruments. Through his recordings and performances, Crosby hopes to inspire peace, openness and respect - for tradition, for culture, for each other and for one’s self. Crosby describes himself as a ‘seeker’ within the music: producer and listener, performer and enthusiast, teacher and student. Crosby’s music-making is an inward process: creativity through meditation, devotion and discipline, but it is also oriented around community-building. As a bandleader, Crosby is guided by the potential of music to connect the internal to the external, the individual to the group, and to bridge seemingly disparate cultures and traditions.

https://www.ryanleecrosby.com/media/

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Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE "live" blues

Friday - 11:00 am

Paramount Marquee Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

Sadie Lamp

Sadie Lamp is a mesmerizing duo act performing in the alternative jazz styles of fusing blues with pop genres , while keeping the standards interestingly alive. Their full slate touring ended them in Clarksdale, Mississippi performing to full house scheduled shows. In 2018 they took center stage at world famous Juke Joint Festival with their debut CD release party , then a show for Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival sponsored by the Clarksdale Blues Museum performing with the likes of the slide guitar master “Watermelon Slim," and then an astonishing show same year for the Deep Blues Festival. Currently Sadie Lamp is performing weekly scheduled shows as seen on CATHEAD’S MUSIC CALENDAR at cathead.biz , performing shows at Clarksdale's REDS LOUNGE on Thursdays at 5 pm with their new Happy Hour Blues Show and on Sundays weekly at The Third Street Bistro at 12:30pm. Sadie Lamp performs this show weekly as a black tie event with smooth and easy listening jazz while dining the bistros famous entree.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQnfQTQPg-ykXgaeURucvGw

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Paramount Marquee Stage

Saturday - 11:00 am

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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New Roxy (front bar stage)

FREE Juke Joint Festival KICK-OFF!

Thursday - 5:00 pm

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE "live" blues

Friday - 2:00 pm

Cat Head's Robert Belfour Hill Country Blues Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Messenger's

Saturday - 7:00 pm

Cat Head Mini Fest

Sunday - 3:00 pm

Side Street Steppers

Christian Stanfield and Miss Vera Victoria founded the Side Street Steppers in June of 2009. What began as a simple duo of musicians unearthing material from the Golden Age of American gramaphone recording has grown into a full-blown Memphis institution.

http://www.sidestreetsteppers.com

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Travelers Hotel (lobby bar)

Saturday - 7:00 pm

Southern Halo

Southern Halo has crafted a signature sound that is a blend of classic Country and “Pop Country” with a dash of Southern Rock or CPR: Country/Pop/Rock. It’s youthful, energetic music - made immediately recognizable by the sweet sibling harmonies that have become Southern Halo’s trademark.

https://www.southernhalo.net

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Stone Pony Tack Room

Saturday - 7:00 pm

Southern Soul Band

Clarksdale blues 'n soul band....

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Wade Walton Barber Shop Stage

Saturday - 10:00 am

Stan 'Dead End' Street

The biggest influence on Street’s art is the perspective of being a blues musician. Growing up in New York he was influenced by his father and uncle - classical percussionists - who encouraged his creativity. He took up: sax, harmonica, percussion and singing, accumulating credits in award winning blues groups. He tours the Canadian blues festival circuit as well as blues festivals and honkytonks of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.

http://www.stanstreet.com/index.html

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Hambone Art & Music Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Steve Kolbus

was encouraged to learn and play an instrument by some of my great blues heros; Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bob Stroger, and Hubert Sumlin; so I learned to play the harmonica. They introduced me to Little Arthur Duncan who was one of the great Chicago harmonica men who helped define the west side Chicago sound back in the 1950s and 60s. Little Arthur taught me to sing play and write music like no one but Steve Kolbus can. Although I play the blues I'm a huge fan of the blues and the people who play it first. with this in mind I hope to play and record every blues related genre and sub genre of music before it's all said and done. The Clarksdale Blues Revue is a high energy Rockin Blues band that enjoys making people happy. Our live show is a high energy interactive show with lots of antics!! We believe that our "Skippin and Hoppin" CD is a great reflection of this philosophy. I have been truly blessed as I have been surrounded by some of the worlds most accomplished musicians the whole time I've been playing. The Clarksdale Blues Revue with world class musicians like Walt Busby, Jaxx Nassar, and Cade Moore is no exception.

https://www.reverbnation.com/stevekolbusandtheclarksdalebluesrevue

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Crossroads Marker Stage

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Stone Gas Blues Band

Stone Gas is back! Shine Turner, Harvell Thomas, Dion Thomas and Stan Street... The Stone Gas Band was the house band at Margaret's Blue Diamond in Clarksdale's New World district for many years. Fronted by the late harmonica player and songwriter Artheice "Gas Man" Jones, this local blues band earned a strong following and praise from audiences and critics for delivering tight, solid performances. The legend continues with the skillful guitar licks of Andrew "Shine" Turner, whose father was Ike Turner's first cousin, and who gigged and recorded with drummer Sam Carr and his Delta Jukes.

https://www.deltabluesmuseum.org/spotlight-arthneice-jones.asp

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Quapaw Canoe Stage

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Red's Lounge

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Stoop Down Rounders

Wes Lee, Waker T. Ryan, Austin Walkin' Cane, Bill Steber, Sammy Baker, Libby Rae Watson

http://www.libbyrae.com/journal/2018/4/22/the-stoop-down-rounders

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The Holy Moly

Saturday - 9:30 pm

Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks

In the world of Mississippi blues and folk art, you won't find much better than Mr. James "Super Chikan" Johnson. He is the man. His "live" shows are legendary for their originality and energy. Whether he's playing his signature B.C. Rich guitar or one of his homemade gas can "Chikan-tars," you'll know that good times have entered the building after the first three notes. Winner of the Governor's Award for Excellence in the arts, Chikan recently released his 4th and perhaps best CD, "Chikan Supe." He's been all over the world, but this weekend he's back in town.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqi_j5Glmtc

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Ground Zero Blues Club

Saturday - 10:00 pm

SUPERBAD TATER Jam

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Paramount Marquee

Friday - 5:00 pm

Taylor Made Blues Band

"We are a group of musicians that enjoy playing a variety of music ranging from southern rock, new country, old country, and honkey-tonk. Our motto is to have fun and always keep it Live- the only way to go."

http://www.mimsmick.com/band/

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Collective Seed & Supply Stage

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Terry 'Big T' Williams

Terry “Big T” Williams has dedicated his life to his music. Born in Clarksdale in 1960, he spent his early years on a plantation in Farrell, Mississippi, hearing stories about Muddy Waters attending Sunday picnics in his grandmother’s yard.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=williams_terry

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Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (indoor)

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Terry 'Big T' Williams & the Family Blues Band

Terry “Big T” Williams has dedicated his life to his music. Born in Clarksdale in 1960, he spent his early years on a plantation in Farrell, Mississippi, hearing stories about Muddy Waters attending Sunday picnics in his grandmother’s yard.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=williams_terry

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Crossroads Cultural Arts Center

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Terry Harmonica Bean

One of Mississippi's hidden treasures: a contemporary hill country bluesman, lifelong resident of Pontotoc, who has created his own distinctive version of the harp-blowing, guitar-grooving one-man band. Although he's long past the dues-paying stage, Bean has played with some of the most important bluesmen to come out of Mississippi in the past two decades.

http://www.hillcountryharmonica.com/terry_bean.html

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Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE "live" blues

Friday - 12:00 pm

Mr. Tater Memorial Stage

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Delta Blues Alley Cafe (front bar)

Saturday - 9:00 pm

The Beat Daddys

Formed in 1986 by core members Larry Grisham and Tommy Stillwell, The Beat Daddys have spent almost 30 years bringing their blend of American roots music to audiences around the world. With nine international CD releases, several film & TV soundtrack credits, and countless shows in the US and abroad, The Beat Daddys are a duo with authentic American roots. Coming of age in rural Kentucky where the nearest interstate highway was 100 miles away, Tommy Stillwell and Larry Grisham’s musical journey was shaped by their families and the deep music traditions of Kentucky and the South.

http://thebeatdaddys.com/

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Travelers Hotel Stage

Saturday - 3:00 pm

The Blues Wizard Band

In the mid 1990's (and against everyones advice) Kifer dedicated himself to learning how to play the blues. Since then this prolific songwriter has recorded 7 cd's of original music. Now known nationwide as The Blues Wizard , Keith and his songwriting partner Rosie Mac have been featured on national TV shows such as America's Got Talent and others.

http://bleedstreet1.homestead.com/kk.html

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Travelers Hotel Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

The Daves

Dave Angle, Dave Dearnley, Andy Rehm, Paul Weber, John Randall, Tony Lotven, Justin Hickerson Delta Blues Influences: John Hurt, Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis, Robert Johnson, Leroy Pierson, Henry Townsend

https://www.facebook.com/DogPoundJangle

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The Bank (indoor)

Saturday - 2:00 pm

The Scissormen

Hi. I’m Ted Drozdowski. Welcome to my Coyote Motel. I hope you enjoy your stay! In case you don’t know me, I’m a moderately successful guitarist, songwriter, singer and producer, and I live in Nashville, Tennessee, with my wife, Laurie, and our dog Dolly. We’ve got a good thing going. And if you’re wondering how to pronounce my name, it’s three syllables: Droz-dow-ski. As an instrumentalist, I’m mostly known for my slide guitar playing—which can be aggressive, wild, spacey, or deeply traditional—but Coyote Motel has allowed me to branch out in a lot of different styles and directions. So maybe now is a good time to talk about the songs. A few are simply good fun, like “Los Alamos,” which is a tongue-in-cheek ditty about the Apocalypse, or “57 Flavors,” which is about life’s chaos. But like anybody, what I see in the world today makes me reflect, so “Trouble”—which I played on a one-string electric diddley bow—and “Jimmy Brown” are protest songs. “Josh Gibson” is, too, but it’s subtler, letting the story of Josh’s amazing life in baseball do the work. I learned about Josh Gibson years ago through my friend Ronnie Earl, who educated me about the Negro Leagues.

http://teddrozdowski.com

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Travelers Hotel Stage

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Vinnie C.

Hailing from Tupelo, Mississippi, Vince “Vinnie C.” Cheney brings the true, raw grit of North Mississippi Hill country style blues straight from the heart and soul. Vinnie is steeped in the tradition and learned his music firsthand from Jessie Mae Hemphill, Robert Belfour, R. L Burnside and others. Vince’s music is a reflection of Mississippi’s past and the future of “hill-country blues”. Playing foot tambourine, harmonica, guitar and chanting the blues; he’s a reminder that the sounds from the worlds most notorious jukes will never die!

https://www.facebook.com/vinniecblues/

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Crossroads Marker Stage

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Watermelon Slim & the Truckers

“From sizzling slide guitar…to nitty-gritty harp blowing…to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat” (HARP Magazine). Slim was raised in North Carolina listening to the housekeeper sing John Lee Hooker songs. In the Vietnam war he wound up in a hospital bed where he taught himself upside-down left-handed slide guitar on a $5 balsawood model using a triangle pick cut from a rusty coffee can top and his Army issued Zippo lighter as the slide. Slim has been a truck driver, forklift operator, sawmiller (where he lost a partial finger), firewood salesman, collection agent, funeral officiator and at times a small time criminal. His colorful songs and raw talent reflect his many adventures and misadventures. Very entertaining!

http://watermelonslim.com

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Bluesberry Cafe

Saturday - 9:00 pm

Wes Lee

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. For musician Wes Lee and his nearly life-long expanse of generating music, he admits, “I didn’t choose to play the blues, the blues chose me.” Late night song writing, countless shows across the country, driving city to city, and a thousand empty bottles, all the while holding tightly to the realization that he is supposed to do this. “It’s almost like a calling,” Wes Lee admits, “because there’s nothing inside your head that would say, ‘Yes, get on the road and do what you love’ because that’s not where the blues reside. Not in your head, but more like in your soul.”

https://www.wesleemusic.com

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Quapaw Canoe Stage

Saturday - 4:00 pm

YZ Ealey Blues Band

YZ Ealey—“YZ” is his given name—was born in Sibley, about 14 miles south of Natchez on March 8, 1937, and grew up on a self-sufficient farm where his family raised crops and livestock. He is the middle of eleven children, with three sisters and two brothers both older and younger than him. He first began playing guitar as a child by picking up the guitar of his older brother “Bubba” (David, b. 1927), but his mother, Lucinda Barnes Ealey, would only allow religious music in the house. His father, David Ealey, Jr., could play guitar but did not have his own instrument.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=ealey_yz

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Collective Seed & Supply Stage

Saturday - 1:00 pm

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