Thursday April 11, 2024

JJF ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

JJF ACTIVITIES

Activities run all day. Starting times are variable.

JJF EVENTS

11:00 am

JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE SALES

T-shirts, hats and other cool festival merchandise. 11 am until 6:00 pm

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Where: Juke Joint Festival Headquarters - 243 Delta Avenue

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

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5:00 pm

FREE Juke Joint Festival KICK-OFF!

FREE Juke Joint Festival KICK-OFF! An amazing lineup of real-deal blues talent, including Mississippi blues prodigy Harrell "Young Rell" Davenport!

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Where: New Roxy (main stage)

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

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

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

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

http://www.newroxy.com

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Who: Harrell 'Young Rell' Davenport

How does a 17-year-old kid raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi play his first gig in Chicago and wind up with 165,000 views and 4,000 shares of his performance on Facebook? Well, if you are Harrell ‘Young Rell’ Davenport, who started playing harmonica and guitar at seven years, the answer is easy: he is a rising star in the blues world. A dexterous and inventive guitarist and a fat-toned harmonica phenom, Young Rell is already a commanding vocalist and a poetic and poignant songwriter. Whether he is accompanying himself on guitar while playing harmonica on a rack and singing, or alternating between guitar and harmonica with an ensemble, Young Rell sings his songs with sincerity and without a hint of affectation, working the stage with the poise and charisma of a veteran performer. A prolific and engaging presence on social media, Young Rell has created a global community of fans and followers who have not only praised his talent but engaged enthusiastically with him on the subject of musicianship, musical instruments and past generations of famous and obscure blues inspirations. As a child, Rell navigated personal struggles and trauma by immersing himself in music that was born in response to oppression and hardship. He found solace studying and expressing himself in the blues. His community building and graceful social interaction have landed him relationships and experiences with the greatest blues artists alive today. He has been championed by Billy Branch, Kingfish Ingram, Bob Margolin, Bernard Allison and many others. He has already performed at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, both of Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Clubs in Mississippi, Red’s Juke Joint in Clarksdale, and many more. This blues singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is fired up and bound for your venue…all you got to do is call! “In my 46 years of teaching Blues in Schools, never have I encountered anyone as young as Harrell Davenport with such a laser focused drive and ability to play the Blues as it was played in the bygone golden era of the masters.” – BILLY BRANCH “I’m a proud blues mama when I see and hear young blues artists, like Young Rell. Sometimes this world seems so dark, then along comes this light that amazes us. Young Rell is that light.” – DEITRA FARR

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6:15 pm

FREE Juke Joint Festival KICK-OFF!

Official JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL welcome and stage presentations of the Miss Sarah Award (JJF), Red Paden Award (JJF), Tourist of the Year Awards (Visit Clarksdale Tourism), Clarksdale Drummer's & Bassist Awards (Derick Kemp).

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Where: New Roxy (main stage)

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

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

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

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

http://www.newroxy.com

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6:30 pm

FREE Juke Joint Festival KICK-OFF!

FREE Juke Joint Festival KICK-OFF! Starring the fabulous Candice Ivory and her band... Check out her newest album, "When the Levee Breaks: The Music of Memphis Minnie."

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Where: New Roxy (main stage)

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

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

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

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

http://www.newroxy.com

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Who: Candice Ivory

Candice Ivory was born near Memphis, TN, to a family steeped in the musical traditions of the Mississippi Delta. Several family members belonged to prominent gospel groups such as the Salem Harmonizers, and her great-uncle Will Roy Sanders was an internationally known blues singer. With Sanders’s encouragement, she began performing professionally at 14, singing in jazz and blues bands led by Beale Street legends Billy Gibson, Calvin Newborn, and Charlie Wood. Ivory also joined the famed Memphis band CYC, whose members later worked with Justin Timberlake, Bobby “Blue” Bland, the Gamble Brothers Band, Tinsley Ellis, and the New Memphis Hepcats. At 18, Ivory successfully auditioned for Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center. While at Jazz Ahead, she met Carmen Lundy, who became her first voice teacher. Ivory continued her musical education at the New School University in New York, studying voice with Miles Griffith, Richard Harper, and Junior Mance while taking composition lessons with Cecil Bridgewater. By 21, Ivory had recorded her debut album, path – undefined. She composed all the music on path – undefined, a practice that she would follow on her subsequent albums, Questography and Love Music. In addition to composing and singing, she plays a wide array of instruments, from piano and organ to percussion. Ivory has performed across the United States and Europe. She resides in St. Louis, MO.

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RELATED MUSIC

(Cover may apply.)

10:00 am

Theo 'Boogieman' Dasbach

Dutch blues and boogie man Theo D. aka Theo "Boogieman" Dasbach (and former co-founder of Clarksdale's Rock & Blues Museum).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PedxraStwyE&list=OLAK5uy_kGP3iyDBTweR5fZaNrbsAjKSEaE_xJhuM&index=7

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Where: Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

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

http://www.cathead.biz

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3:00 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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Where: Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

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

http://www.cathead.biz

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RELATED EVENTS

(Cover may apply.)

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