VENUES

JUKE JOINTS

Red's Lounge

Corner of Sunflower & MLK Dr.

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...

Messenger's

133 MLK Dr.

This historic club, pool hall and cafe has been in continuous operation -- and in the same family -- since the 1930s. Alan Lomax even included it on his map of Clarksdale in 1941 (and Fisk University even documented the songs on the jukebox then). Since last year's Juke Joint Festival debut, Messenger's has featured "live" blues shows by Jimbo Mathus, Wesley Jefferson, and Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Bandr. Actor Samuel L. Jackson even showed up one night and caught musician Robert Belfour's performance! Look for the new sign out front and come on in for warm smiles and tall cool ones.

Delta Amusement Cafe

348 Delta Avenue

The Delta Amusement Cafe is... uh, well... a "scene"! Great greasy food, bigger-life-characters, occasional music and the kind of place where you can pour your own cup of coffee (and bring in your friendly dog). Past performers here have included Jimbo Mathus, Jacqueline Nassar, Josh "Razorblade" Stewart, Marshall Drew and Terry "Harmonica" Bean. The cafe is definitely the place for breakfast, by the way. Delta Amusement cooks up superb delta soul food, fresh crawfish boil, and has ice cold beer, larger-than-life-characters, live music . . .

Ground Zero Blues Club

0 Blues Alley

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. For more information, log on to www.groundzerobluesclub.com.

Hopson Commissary

1 Commissary Road

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.

Hambone Art, Music and Bar

111 E. Second Street

"Hambone Art Gallery", Artwork by Stan Street , is located at 111 East Second St.,between Madidi's and Theo's Rock and Roll Museum . Formerly Conerly shoes [ co- owned by Charlie Conerly, quarterback of the New York Giants and Old Miss.] Before that, the building was the old Delta theatre. Owners Stan and Dixie Street moved to Clarksdale from So. Florida. Both blues musicians, they were drawn here by the city's historical roots. Stan is a poster designer for many roots and blues festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Artwork is mostly musical, but the Gallery also has landscapes from the Delta, Abstracts, and ecclectic Found Object pieces. " web stanstreet.com ph. 662- 253-5586 stan@stanstreet.com

Stone Pony Pizza

226 Delta Avenue

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.

Hopson Commissary-Back Porch

1 Commissary Circle

Bluesberry Cafe

235 Yazoo Avenue

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

Juke Joint Chapel (Shack Up Inn)

1 Commissary Road

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

Club 2000

349 Issaquena Avenue

Ex-beauty parlor and 2nd smallest juke in fest. Features musical stylings of Mr. Tater on Sundays.

Hick's BBQ & Tamales

305 South State Street

World-famous member of the "Delta Tamale Trail" features a spacious music room.

Pete's Grill

550 Sunflower Avenue

LIVE BLUES TBA. Night time music venue with $10.00 wrist band.

New Roxy

363 Issaquena Avenue

Clarksdale, Mississippi's NEW ROXY is a former theater. It replaced the older Roxy Theater in the late 1940s in the New World District, just across the railroad tracks for the rest of downtown. For decades, this district (once called the "Beale Street of Clarksdale") served the town's African American population with stores, clubs, restaurants, etc. Acts such as Muddy Waters, Ike Turner and Sam Cooke are said to have performed at the New Roxy prior to it becoming a full-time movie theater. In 2008, a Seattle-based merchant marine named Robin Colonas took over the unwanted, collapsing property. After a decade of work, the New Roxy is again open for business. The front (smaller lobby) section is now a weather-proof bar and stage area; the back (larger theater) section is now a largely open-air performance venue with a sloping concrete floor, distressed brick walls, covered stage and open rooftop. The New Roxy is an annual venue for festivals like Juke Joint Festival, Deep Blues Festival and Clarksdale Film Festival. It is available to rent for special events. 363 Issaquena Ave. www.newroxy.com.

Oxbow Restaurant

316 John Lee Hooker Lane

NEW LOCATION! Located in downtown Clarksdale, Oxbow Restaurant is a uniquely designed place to unwind and enjoy food that you might not expect in the Mississippi Delta. Chef Hayden worked in the kitchens of world famous chefs before returning home 4 years ago with his wife Erica to cook for his hometown and its visitors. Oxbow is regionally famed for their Tuna Tacos but have many other exciting dishes on the menu. 662-627-6781. We look forward to feeding you at our new location! Enter from John Lee Hooker Lane (Yazoo extended) OR Third Street entrance from parking lot. Service is fast casual, first come/first serve, seat yourself establishment. Open Monday-Friday 11am-2pm and Juke Joint Saturday 11am-9pm

Delta Blues Alley Café-Front Bar

352 Delta

The newest kid on the block, located on the corner of Delta ave. and Blues Alley, 'now how down home is dat'. Equipped with a street side bar open daily with pool tables, games, flat screen viewing , juke box jams and Ice cold beer and beverages, giving you that local feel only Clarksdale can provide. Then once you go thru the 'big hole in da wall' and fade to black, its an unexpected experience with a dance floor, tables, booths, a separate bar and grill for your enjoyment and newly added mainstage for your entertainment. Local radio station disc jockeys play the grooves nightly and blues icons and other artist perform live @ Delta Blues Alley Café blues lounge. Local legends and up incoming stars like Robert Bilbro Walker, David Kimbrough and the Kimbrough Family, Cops by day, blues in the heat of the night, Otis TCB Taylor and main stage band, and Rickey Burton and all soul band, plus many more have graced our stage and are scheduled for upcoming events. Also coming Soon, the Saturday Night Fish Fry with Jaka Sherrie from one of the longest running blues program in the Mississippi Delta with live broadcast on Delta Force 3 radio and Bluesday 2'sday with live bands every Tuesday Night, and couple 2 for 1 admission and specials. Delta Blues Alley Café blues lounge welcomes you to the place where hard times and struggle fell in love, and the blues was born.

The Bank-Back Porch

The Holy Moly

301 Issaquena Avenue

The Holy Moly, an old Masonic Temple in the centre of the Historic Downtown Blues precinct of Clarksdale ,​ Mississippi, is now a revitalised building. Listed on the National Register of historic buildings, it was purchased by an Australian couple in 2012, empty, and unused. In the last ​two​ years, ​four​ living/working spaces for artists/musicians have been established on the ground floor, together with ​"​The Holy Moly Drug Store​,"​ an ice cream/coffee lounge​/​beverage bar. The second floor revitalisation work ​at The Holy Moly ​has just been completed, and the floor plan lends itself to more creative endeavours. It incorporates a theater space for music/film and story telling, an event room with a commercial kitchen, an office with full living facilities, ​a ​meeting room, and​ a​ green room with living facilities. The unusual floor plan has been retained​​​ and recycled to suit and accommodate groups of people for workshops, leisure education​,​ and cultural activities. The second floor of ​The Holy Moly will be open for the first time over the Juke Joint Festival 2015​,​ as a night time concert venue on the Saturday night, from 7-10 pm as well as ​a venue for the Juke Joint Jam Academy from 3- 5pm on Saturday. Carla Maxwell and Adrian Kosky invite you to explore the future possibilities for the revitalised second floor of The Holy Moly ​. ​They welcome your feedback, support​, ​and encouragement on how to best use it in the future. Please email your suggestions to ​Adrian@TheHolyMoly.com or​ Carla@TheHolyMoly.com.​

Delta Blues Alley Café-Backroom Stage

352

The newest kid on the block, located on the corner of Delta ave. and Blues Alley, 'now how down home is dat'. Equipped with a street side bar open daily with pool tables, games, flat screen viewing , juke box jams and Ice cold beer and beverages, giving you that local feel only Clarksdale can provide. Then once you go thru the 'big hole in da wall' and fade to black, its an unexpected experience with a dance floor, tables, booths, a separate bar and grill for your enjoyment and newly added mainstage for your entertainment. Local radio station disc jockeys play the grooves nightly and blues icons and other artist perform live @ Delta Blues Alley Café blues lounge. Local legends and up incoming stars like Robert Bilbro Walker, David Kimbrough and the Kimbrough Family, Cops by day, blues in the heat of the night, Otis TCB Taylor and main stage band, and Rickey Burton and all soul band, plus many more have graced our stage and are scheduled for upcoming events. Also coming Soon, the Saturday Night Fish Fry with Jaka Sherrie from one of the longest running blues program in the Mississippi Delta with live broadcast on Delta Force 3 radio and Bluesday 2'sday with live bands every Tuesday Night, and couple 2 for 1 admission and specials. Delta Blues Alley Café blues lounge welcomes you to the place where hard times and struggle fell in love, and the blues was born.

STAGES

Rock & Blues Museum Stage

100 block East 2nd Street

Paramount Marquee Stage

200 block of Yazoo Avenue

Delta Avenue Park

200 block of Delta Avenue

This event staging area is dedicated to the memory of the late Wert Cooper -- a downtown business owner and Clarksale cheerleader who is very missed.

Mr. Tater Memorial Stage

350 Issaquena

Delta Blues Museum

1 Blues Alley

Main, outdoor stage at the Delta Blues Museum

Miss Del's General Store

145 Delta Avenue

Check out this fun and festival general store and take home gifts of food, books, clothes, antiques, bath & body and more! It's a one-of-a-kind store that could only exist in a one-of-a-kind place like Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Cat Head Stage

252 Delta Avenue

Cat Head/First Nat'l Bank Stage

Delta Furniture Stage

238 Issaquenna

Hopson Commissary Stage

Hopson Pantation

Sunflower Avenue Gazebo Stage

Stone Pony Tack Room

226 Delta Avenue

CAT HEAD'S ROBERT BELFOUR HILL COUNTRY BLUES STAGE

OTHER

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

252 Delta Avenue

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk art is a store, a stage, a record label, a clearinghouse of information and a state of mind. Cat Head specializes in all things blues and folk art. At www.cathead.biz, there is a web site that offers a taste of their wares plus "Live Music" and "Clarksdale Guide" pages. During festival events, FREE "live" music is often offered out front as well... including Friday afternoon, all day Saturday and all day Sunday during the Juke Fest weekend.

Greyhound Bus Station

300 Issaquena Avenue

Visit the historical Greyhound Bus Station (circa 1930) in Downtown Clarksdale at 3rd and Isaqueena. Clarksdale Revitalization, a visitor information center, has maps, schedules, and area information to make your travels easy. Many transportation and community posters and historical photos are on display. And ... the coffee pot is always on! 662-621-8004.

Delta Blues Museum

1 Blues Alley

The one and only Delta Blues Museum opened in 1979. It houses a variety of vintage guitars and other blues artifacts, including the remnants of blues great Muddy Waters' Clarksdale home. Featured exhibits for the festival are "Charlie Musselwhite: Son of Mississippi - Citizen of the World" and "The American Delta". For more information, log on at www.deltabluesmuseum.org or call 662-627-6820. Museum hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday.

Clarksdale Passenger's Station

Blues Alley

Carnegie Public Library

114 Delta Avenue

Delta Cinema

11 Third Street

Today's DELTA CINEMA at 11 Third Street in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi, was once the Tyson Theater aka Showcase Cinema. Originally built in circa 1940 as a 500-seat theater (downstairs main seating plus upstairs balcony area), today it holds two theaters (since upstairs is now its own small theater). The annual Clarksdale Film Festival is held here the last weekend of January each year, and Juke Joint Festival uses it as a music venue each April. It is available to rent for special events. The owner is Clarksdale's Bruce Ellis. 662-627-6733.

Quapaw Canoe Company

289 Sunflower Avenue

GRIOT/Quapaw Canoe Company Activities During 2015 Juke Joint Festival April 9-12 Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop Paddling on the Sunflower River Sunflower River Camping 1Mississippi -- Can the River Count on You? GRIOT and GREENS Sunday Daytrip on the Mighty Mississippi All events will meet & take place street level 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale all day 9 - 4pm every day Thursday April 14 – Saturday April 16, Mississippi River Daytrip 1pm - 7pm Sunday April 12th. For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company 662-627-4070 or john@island63.com. Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop Quapaw Canoe Company 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. Paddling on the Sunflower River Quapaw Canoe Company 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 Sarah’s Kitchen). Contact: 662-627-4070 or 902-7841. See below for options & rates. Sunflower River Camping Quapaw Canoe Company Wednesday - Sunday Quapaw Canoe Company will be hosting a public campground downtown for tents campers. No trailers or RVs. Porta-Johns and hot showers on location. Camp on grassy sites along the banks of the Sunflower River! Easy access to downtown Clarksdale and all the stages and juke joints. Everything within walking distance! $25/tent/night for 2 people, $10 each additional person/night. Bring your own tent and sleeping bags. Parking for 1 vehicle per tent. (You can find close by parking elsewhere). Contact: Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885. Quapaw Canoe Company 662-627-4070 or john@island63.com. 1Mississippi -- Can the River Count on You? Quapaw Canoe Company 9 am to 4 pm Wednesday - Saturday 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. GRIOT and GREENS (Saturday 11am-2pm) Fresh greens collected and cooked by the youth involved in the GRIOT’s new Job Training Program Meraki. Contact Emily Wisseman ewissema@gmail.com or 217-778-0516. Vegetarian options. Donations accepted, proceeds to go to support of the GRIOT Meraki program. Sunday April 12th, Mississippi River Daytrip 1-7pm (Sunday Only) Write john@island63.com or call 662-902-7841 for reservation. Meet at 1pm at Quapaw headquarters 289 Sunflower Avenue in downtown Clarksdale gear up, and then shuttle to Montezuma Landing, which is directly above Friars Point. We’ll paddle by the beautiful warm light of mid-day to Island 61 where we’ll make swim srtop and watch the sun rotate over the waters of Old Town Bend. Shortly thereafter we’ll follow the river downstream over the main channel of the Mississippi as it makes the turbulent escapade below Kangaroo Point. After supper, we’ll push off into the shimmering waters of the river, the darkness of the boils highlighted by shining whirl lines, boil lines, and low angle sun reflections. By the last light of the day we’ll paddle around Old Town Bend, and then silently slip in between Is. 62 and 63. Sometime around sunset we’ll cut into the channel below Island 63 and meet our shuttle driver Ellis Coleman “Mr. Smooth Dancer” at Quapaw Landing. Call ahead to make your reservation. $125/person includes guiding, outfitting and shuttle. Live music on board! Potluck Supper. Bring a loaf of bread, a salad, or a rack of ribs to share. 662-627-4070 or john@island63.com.

Clarksdale Revitalization

Corner of Third and Issaquena

Located inside the historic Greyhound Bus Station, Clarksdale Revitalization, a visitor information center, has maps, schedules, and area information to make your travels easy. Many transportation and community posters and historical photos are on display. And ... the coffee pot is always on! 662-621-8004

Ooo So Pretty Flowers & Accessories

393 Issaquena Avenue

Located on the corner of Issaquena and MLK in the historic New World District, Ooo So Pretty Flowers boasts a wide variety of flowers and gifts for every occasion. Open from 9:00 am until the last customer leaves the building. Brighten someones day with flowers or promote city beautification by purchasing a Makin' Clarksdale Ooo So Pretty T-Shirt for $15. 662.624.4007 ooosopretty@yahoo.com

WROX Museum

257 Delta Avenue

Museum hours are 10 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday, during festival times. Clarksdale's Historial site of WROX radio station from 1946-1954. Personal collection of artifacts and recordings of Early Wright. Other WROX and Clarksdale memorabilia.

The Bank

2nd & Yazoo, downtown.

Rock & Blues Museum

113 East 2nd Street

Six rooms of display and over 100 artist exhibits. Blues, rock, rockabilly and country music memorabilia -- including many rare records, photos and more. "Live" entertainment is also planned for out front. 901-605-8662 www.blues2rock.com

Regions Bank Juke Joint Festival Parade

Downtown Clarksdale

Starting from Regions Bank 211 East Second Street and traveling around downtown Clarksdale.

Venue TBA

Lyon Methodist Church

Bus Shuttle

Ride our "Blues Bus" shuttle between our official Juke Joint Festival nighttime venues! FESTIVAL WRISTBAND REQUIRED. Bus shuttles start out at hotels (& Expo RV park) around 8pm, and then rotate for the rest of the evening between the clubs and juke joints. (Runs till roughly 1am... but don't miss the last bus, please.)

Delta Cinema Stage

11 Third Street

Classic Clarksdale movie and performance theater. Main cinema (there are two) features a live performance stage. Juke Joint Festival features a kick-off concert event on this Delta Cinema Stage every year on the Thursday evening prior to the fest itself. This venue provides a very special visual and listening arena for extra special shows such as the musical "Mosquitoville" (2010) and the North Mississippi String Band (2011). These events are purposely planned for early evening to avoid conflicts with live, nighttime blues at the jukes. Also, plan to arrive early for free lobby music and a poster signing with artist Cristen Barnard (6pm).

Delta Creations

Visit our new location at the corner of Second and Delta Avenue. Our expanded space has opened the door to have many new vendors. Our vendors have booth space filled with items to satisfy all your decorating or gift needs! Stop in and browse our new showroom!

Art Exhibit-123 EAST SECOND

123 EAST SECOND

Our community art exhibit begins at 10 am till 5 pm. Exhibiting works from local elementary, junior high, high school and college students.

Delta Avenue

Shack Up Inn

Comfort Inn

818 S. State Street

Ranchero

1907 N. State Street (Hwy 161)

Writing Exhibit-123 EAST SECOND

123 EAST SECOND

NEW LOCATION FOR 2015-THE BANK BUILDING LOCATED AT 123 EAST SECOND STREET. Our winning entries will be displayed for you to enjoy. A CELEBRATION OF CHANGE is the theme of these essays, personal narratives, song lyrics or poems. Students from grades 4th thru 12 as well as our college students write. The power of music is transformative. Music can change a mood, a person, a society, or even the world. The Blues reflect real life, and thus reflect the changes we experience in our own lives, whether they are sudden or slow, tragic or triumphant. Celebrate change – and write about it!

Soldier's Field

Located at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Cypress Avenue. (on the banks of the Sunflower River)

Hopson Plantation

Delta Cinema Lobby

11 Third Street

The spacious lobby of the classic Delta Cinema in historic, downtown Clarksdale offers an excellent venue for solo/duo musical performances, posters signings, event merchandise sales and more! Tasty treats available from the Delta Cinema concessions...

Griot Arts

278 Sunflower Avenue

Isle of Capri Casino

Lula, Mississippi

The Isle of Capri in nearby Lula, MS, will provide a shuttle for guests from/to Isle of Capri Casino/Juke Joint Festival on Fri.-Sat., April 10-11 from 4pm to midnight.

Lambfish Gallery

114 Third Street

Juke Joint Festival Headquarters

243 Delta Avenue

Dancing Divas

256 Delta Avenue

Yazoo Pass Espresso•Bistro•Bakery

207 Yazoo Avenue

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.

Dreamboat BBQ & Tamales

232 Sunflower Ave

Home made Hot Tamales, great BBQ and soulful sides. Phone number (662) 645-2501

Sumner Grille

105 South Courthouse Square Sumner, MS

149 Delta Gallery & Mercantile

149 Delta Avenue

Juke Joint Festival

243 Delta Avenue

The Holy Moly

301 Issaquena Avenue

The Holy Moly, an old Masonic Temple in the centre of the Historic Downtown Blues precinct of Clarksdale ,​ Mississippi, is now a revitalised building. Listed on the National Register of historic buildings, it was purchased by an Australian couple in 2012, empty, and unused. In the last ​two​ years, ​four​ living/working spaces for artists/musicians have been established on the ground floor, together with ​"​The Holy Moly Drug Store​,"​ an ice cream/coffee lounge​/​beverage bar. The second floor revitalisation work ​at The Holy Moly ​has just been completed, and the floor plan lends itself to more creative endeavours. It incorporates a theater space for music/film and story telling, an event room with a commercial kitchen, an office with full living facilities, ​a ​meeting room, and​ a​ green room with living facilities. The unusual floor plan has been retained​​​ and recycled to suit and accommodate groups of people for workshops, leisure education​,​ and cultural activities. The second floor of ​The Holy Moly will be open for the first time over the Juke Joint Festival 2015​,​ as a night time concert venue on the Saturday night, from 7-10 pm as well as ​a venue for the Juke Joint Jam Academy from 3- 5pm on Saturday. Carla Maxwell and Adrian Kosky invite you to explore the future possibilities for the revitalised second floor of The Holy Moly ​. ​They welcome your feedback, support​, ​and encouragement on how to best use it in the future. Please email your suggestions to ​Adrian@TheHolyMoly.com or​ Carla@TheHolyMoly.com.​

Deak's Mississippi Saxophones

13 Third Street

Delta Cinema & New Roxy

3rd St. and Issaquena Ave.

Today's DELTA CINEMA at 11 Third Street in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi, was once the Tyson Theater aka Showcase Cinema. Originally built in circa 1940 as a 500-seat theater (downstairs main seating plus upstairs balcony area), today it holds two theaters (since upstairs is now its own small theater). The annual Clarksdale Film Festival is held here the last weekend of January each year, and Juke Joint Festival uses it as a music venue each April. It is available to rent for special events. The owner is Clarksdale's Bruce Ellis. 662-627-6733. Clarksdale, Mississippi's NEW ROXY is a former theater. It replaced the older Roxy Theater in the late 1940s in the New World District, just across the railroad tracks for the rest of downtown. For decades, this district (once called the "Beale Street of Clarksdale") served the town's African American population with stores, clubs, restaurants, etc. Acts such as Muddy Waters, Ike Turner and Sam Cooke are said to have performed at the New Roxy prior to it becoming a full-time movie theater. In 2008, a Seattle-based merchant marine named Robin Colonas took over the unwanted, collapsing property. After a decade of work, the New Roxy is again open for business. The front (smaller lobby) section is now a weather-proof bar and stage area; the back (larger theater) section is now a largely open-air performance venue with a sloping concrete floor, distressed brick walls, covered stage and open rooftop. The New Roxy is an annual venue for festivals like Juke Joint Festival, Deep Blues Festival and Clarksdale Film Festival. It is available to rent for special events. 363 Issaquena Ave. www.newroxy.com.