2017 Venues

Art & Writing Exhibit-123 EAST SECOND

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

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123 EAST SECOND

Bluesberry Cafe

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

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235 Yazoo Avenue

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

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

http://www.cathead.biz

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252 Delta Ave.

Cat Head's Robert Belfour Hill Country Blues Stage

Cat Head has been "Mississippi's Blues Store" since 2002. The stage out front is dedicated to festival favorite, the late great Robert "Wolfman" Belfour — one of the last of the old-school North MS Hill Country bluesmen.

https://www.cathead.biz

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252 Delta Ave.

Cutrer Mansion

109 Clark Street, For more information, contact Jen Waller at 662-645-3555.

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109 Clark St.

Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

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Delta Blues Alley Cafe (backroom stage)

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 Caf� 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 Caf� blues lounge welcomes you to the place where hard times and struggle fell in love, and the blues was born.

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Delta Blues Alley Cafe (front bar)

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 Caf� 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 Caf� blues lounge welcomes you to the place where hard times and struggle fell in love, and the blues was born.

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352 Delta

Delta Cinema Lobby

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.

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11 Third Street

Delta Cinema Stage

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).

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11 Third Street

Delta Furniture Stage

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238 Issaquenna

Gimme Gumbo Gallery

GimmeGumbo Art Gallery

Corner of Delta & 3rd St. 662-302-1256. Debbie Watson Gimmegumbo@icloud.com
Open April 19 - 24
Saturday, 2 - 3 ish Meet, Greet, Eat, & relax with Music by Wayne & Reba Russell and Friends
Exceptional rare works from beloved Mississippian Delta Artist, John Fewkes, (1956-2016). Unique custom candles by Delta Flame. Art by California painter Susan Conditt. Talented Memphis artist Marlee Howard vibrant acrylic or watercolors originals and prints on canvas in both large and small format are not to be missed. Memphis Artist and Musician, Wayne Russell, will be selling Original Paintings and Framed Prints. Wayne and Marlee will be available to sign, personalize purchases.

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3rd & Delta Avenue

Ground Zero Blues Club

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

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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0 Blues Alley

Hambone Art & Music

"Hambone Art Gallery" and bar, 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.

http://www.stanstreet.com

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111 E. Second Street

Hopson Commissary (back porch)

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1 Commissary Circle

Hopson Commissary (main stage)

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

http://hopsonplantation.com

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1 Commissary Road

Jerry's Tamales

In the former Levon's/Holy Moly location at Third & Issaquena, downtown!

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Levon's Bar & Grill

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

https://www.levons.net/

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232 Sunflower Avenue

Meraki Coffee Roasters

In 2014, the staff at Griot Arts saw a very big need in our community to help our youth prepare for the workforce and get a job in order to provide for themselves and their families. At Griot, we believe that all people were created to do meaningful, life giving work. Our belief is that the ability for young men and women to be able to sustain meaningful work throughout their adulthood is a key component to help address the cycle of generational poverty in Coahoma County and the Mississippi Delta. Meraki is a greek word that means to put soul, creativity, and something of yourself into your work.

http://www.griotarts.com/meraki

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278 Sunflower Ave

Messenger's

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.

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133 MLK Dr.

Miss Del's General Store Stage

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.

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145 Delta Avenue

Mr. Tater Memorial Stage

FREE LIVE MUSIC. Sponsored by C Spire Official Wireless Sponsor of Juke Joint Festival

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350 Issaquena

New Roxy

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.

http://www.newroxy.com

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363 Issaquena Avenue

Our Grandma's House of Pancakes & Blues

Excellent breakfast place... with a blues club attached!

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115 3rd St

Paramount Marquee Stage

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200 block of Yazoo Avenue

Pete's Grill

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

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550 Sunflower Avenue

Quapaw Canoe Company

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

http://www.island63.com

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289 Sunflower Avenue

Red's Lounge

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

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Corner of Sunflower & MLK Dr.

Rock & Blues Museum

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

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113 East 2nd Street

Southern Comfort Blues Bus Shuttle

Ride our "Southern Comfort 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.)

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Stone Pony Pizza

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

http://stoneponypizza.com

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226 Delta Avenue

Stone Pony Tack Room

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226 Delta Avenue

The Bank (main stage)

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2nd & Yazoo, downtown.

The Bank Stage

FREE LIVE MUSIC. Sponsored by C Spire Official Wireless Sponsor of Juke Joint Festival

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The Gin (Shack Up Inn)

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

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1 Commissary Road

The Holy Moly

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, Carla Maxwell and Adrian Kosky, in 2012, empty, and unused. In the last three years, ​four​ living/working spaces for artists/musicians have been established on the ground floor, together with ​ a diner on the corner. 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 theatre 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 over the Juke Joint Festival 2017​,​ as a night time concert venue on the Saturday night, from 7-10 pm. The owners 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.​

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301 Issaquena Avenue

Third Street in front of Delta Cinema

C.A.R.E.S. Fish Fry Fundraiser in street out front of Delta Cinema (with curbside pick up on Delta Ave.).

http://www.caresclarksdale.com

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11 Third St.

Writing Exhibit-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!

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123 EAST SECOND

Yazoo Pass Espresso Bistro & Bakery

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

http://yazoopass.com

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207 Yazoo Avenue

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