Friday April 12, 2024

JJF ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

JJF ACTIVITIES

Activities run all day. Starting times are variable.

Monkeys Riding Dogs

Located at: JOHN LEE HOOKER LANE

Our greatest attraction will be with us for 2 days in 2019, Friday & Saturday

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

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

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10:45 am

12:45 pm

3:45 pm

5:15 pm

JJF EVENTS

Where: Collective Seed & Supply Co.

Collective Seed & Supply Co.--Clarksdale's only independent garden center & general store.

https://www.facebook.com/collectiveseedandsupplyco/

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10:00 am

FREE "live" blues!

"19th Street Red" plays the Cat Head porch to kick off a day of music...

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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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Who: Randy '19th Street Red' Cohen

19th Street Red’s blues is not the “polite” blues. It is the low down, razor’s edge gutbucket blues that makes dancers want to sweat and shake their butts. This gritty style reminds you of the street music of Chicago’s Jew-town and the lowdown groove of Muddy Waters.

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10:45 am

JJFEST MONKEYS RIDING DOGS

FREE-Show One of Four A must see! Pontotoc, Mississippi's own Tim Lepard and his team entertain all each year with YES, Monkeys Riding Dogs Herding Sheep. Plan a field trip, bring a group and enjoy his show. It is worth the trip! Sponsored by Southern Bancorp. Co-sponsored by Westgate Drug and Jane and Jim Wilbourn.

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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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Who: 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

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12:45 pm

JJFEST MONKEYS RIDING DOGS

FREE-Show Two of Four A must see! Pontotoc, Mississippi's own Tim Lepard and his team entertain all each year with YES, Monkeys Riding Dogs Herding Sheep. Plan a field trip, bring a group and enjoy his show. It is worth the trip! Sponsored by Southern Bancorp. Co-sponsored by Westgate Drug and Jane and Jim Wilbourn.

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1:00 pm

FREE "live" blues!

"Cadillac" turns 97 today! Guitarist Preston Rumbaugh backs him up.

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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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Who: 'Cadillac' John Nolden 97th Birthday Show!!

Celebrate the 97th birthday of oldest still-performing bluesman in the world—“Cadillac” John Nolden! He'll be backed by lifelong guitarist/bassist Preston Rumbaugh, who lives here in Clarksdale. "Cadillac" was born in Sunflower, Mississippi, on April 12, 1927. He is a legendary blues harmonica player and singer who currently lives in Cleveland, Mississippi. He is also a regular of Clarksdale's Juke Joint Festival and Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival.

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2:30 pm

FREE "live" blues!

Don't dare miss the young bluesman who is totally on the way up—"Young Rell"!

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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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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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3:45 pm

JJFEST MONKEYS RIDING DOGS

FREE-Show Three of Four A must see! Pontotoc, Mississippi's own Tim Lepard and his team entertain all each year with YES, Monkeys Riding Dogs Herding Sheep. Plan a field trip, bring a group and enjoy his show. It is worth the trip! Sponsored by Southern Bancorp. Co-sponsored by Westgate Drug and Jane and Jim Wilbourn.

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4:00 pm

FREE "live" blues!

81 years of blues wisdom in one real-deal guitar-slinging blues woman (also Paul "Wine" Jones' sister).

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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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Who: Miss Australia 'Honeybee' Jones

“Honeybee,” as she likes to be called, lives at Indianola, in the Delta, but her guitar style more resembles the Hill Country style of blues than that of the Delta. She is furthermore a traditionalist, and has avoided the influence of most modern blues; her repertoire consists of old, traditional lyrics like “Baby, Please Don’t Go” or “Catfish Blues.” Her appearance should be welcomed at a time when most blues is of the Southern soul variety, and where female blues artists are few and far between outside of Southern soul.

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5:15 pm

JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL PARADE

Join us as we celebrate all that is good in the Mississippi Delta! We will begin at the Dutch Oven (300 block of Issaquena), journey through downtown Clarksdale. We hope you will plan to be apart of this new adventure of promoting what is GOOD in Clarksdale. Get a float going, play a musical instrument, dress a part and celebrate spring and our festival! Our 2023 Juke Joint Bride and Groom TBA will lead our parade followed by the Juke Joint King and Queen (TBA), and the Juke Joint Babies TBA Look forward to celebrating ya'll!

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5:15 pm

JJFEST MONKEYS RIDING DOGS

FREE-Show Four of Four A must see! Pontotoc, Mississippi's own Tim Lepard and his team entertain all each year with YES, Monkeys Riding Dogs Herding Sheep. Plan a field trip, bring a group and enjoy his show. It is worth the trip! Sponsored by Southern Bancorp. Co-sponsored by Westgate Drug and Jane and Jim Wilbourn. Can't make it today, Tim and his team will entertain us on Saturday, April 15th at 10:45, 12:45, 3:45 and 5 pm!

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6:00 pm

Special FREE Juke Joint Festival TBA

Stay tuned for another amazing FREE Juke Joint Festival event at the world-famous New Roxy in downtown Clarksdale!

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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: TBA

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