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Monday, September 9, 2013

Live blues at Po' Monkey's juke joint during Bridging the Blues

Photo of Po' Monkey's by Ken Murphy
Po' Monkey's juke joint outside of Merigold (just north of Cleveland, MS, and just off of Highway 61), is celebrated as one of the last of the old time rural juke joints, and with its wild decor there's nothing else quite like it. It's been run for decades by proprietor Willie "Po' Monkey" Seaberry, who farms local land and is infamous for his colorful outfits, which he often changes multiple times across an evening.

Here's a link to the Mississippi Blues Trail marker that's located at Po' Monkey's. If you click on "local map" you'll find simple directions to it.

During Bridging the Blues the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University and Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art in Clarksdale have teamed up to present two special performances at Po' Monkeys on Thursday, Oct. 3 by Bill "Howlin' Madd" Perry, who also teaches in the blues education program at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, and on Tuesday, October 8 by the All Night Long Blues Band.

These are rare opportunities to see live blues at Po' Monkey's, a visit to which is an experience you'll never forget!

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