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Friday, October 11, 2013

More music in Helena during the King Biscuit Blues Festival

The King Biscuit Blues Festival offers dozens of acts on its multiple stages, but there's also some nice shows going on over the next days at the Bad Apple Blues Lounge and the Delta Cultural Center. Also, tonight there'll be a blues jam that pays tribute to the late Michael Burks at the King Biscuit's main stage--the official festival starts tomorrow.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

King Biscuit Blues Festival Thursday through Saturday!

Here's a handy list of the "official" artists performing on the festival's six stages. Visit the website for more details.

Selywyn Birchwood in Vicksburg this weekend - free shows!

Here's a video from Selwyn Birchwood, who won the International Blues Challenge last year.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Three festivals in Clarksdale on Sunday!

Club performances in Clarksdale over the weekend

Delta Blues Museum Band CD release party tonight 5-7pm, new photo exhibit at the Delta Blues Museum

Today at 5pm the Delta Blues Museum Band, consisting of students from the Delta Blues Museum's Arts and Education Program, will perform at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale to celebrate the release of their second CD, From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Volume 2, which features guest appearances from Kenny Brown and Bill Abel. The CD is just $10, with proceeds going to the Arts and Education Program,

The students in the program are taught to play the blues on various instruments, but perhaps more importantly are taught how to play together as an ensemble. The DBM's educational program, as well another program that was led by the late Johnnie Billington, has provided generations of blues musicians for Clarksdale's dynamic live music scene. 

In addition to their regular exhibits, including Muddy Waters' cabin, the DBM is now displaying photographs from George Mitchell, who has a new book, Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967, that collects images from a thirteen-day visit to the Como area. During that visit he met up with artists including Mississippi Fred McDowell and Jessie Mae Hemphill, and made the first recordings of R.L. Burnside. The exhibit was organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art. Go here for some more photos and information about the book.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Robert "Bilbo" Walker at the New Roxy in Clarksdale this Wednesday

The New Roxy is located at 363 Issaquena Ave. in the New World District, the one-time business and cultural center of Clarksdale's African American community. The building served for many years as the New Roxy Theater, and eventually went into decline. In 2008 Robin Colonas, a merchant marine from Seattle, began renovating the building, and converted it into a performance space. Notably, the structure lacks a roof, so it serves as an "open air" venue, although the walls are well over twenty feet high. A very special place to see a show.

Here's a video of Walker playing at Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mighty Mississippi Music Festival returns this morning!

Here's the schedules for the Main Stage and at the Highway 61 Blues Stage for the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville

New poster for the Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration - Clarksdale, Sunday, October 13

The Pinteop Perkins Homecoming celebration is always on the Sunday after the King Biscuit Blues Festival, and features many performers who were performing at the fest. The Pinetop Perkins Foundation was established several years before Perkins death in 2011, and carries on his desire to help sustain the blues through working with younger musicians through projects including annual "Masterclasses" held at the Hopson Plantation.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival has begun!

Here's today's schedule for the festival -- website here.

Main Stage

2pm - Eden Brent
3pm - Good Paper of Reverend Robert Mortimer
4pm - The Vettes
5pm - Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition
6pm - Cedric Burnside Project
7pm - Steve Azar with Deana Carter
8:45pm - North Mississippi Allstars

Highway 61 Blues Stage

11am - Terry "Harmonica" Bean
Noon - Pat Thomas
1pm - Jamie Isonhood
1:30pm - Cadillac John Nolden & Bill Abel
2:15pm - Eddie Cusic
3pm - Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
3:45pm - L.C. Ulmer
4:30pm - Jimmy Phillips and the Ruminators
5:30pm - John Horton Band
6:30pm - Jarekus Singleton Band

The Bad Apple Blues Lounge open next Wednesday through Sunday in Helena, Arkansas

Friday, October 4, 2013

Free music and admission this afternoon at the B.B. King Museum, noon show at the Blue Biscuit in Indianola

This afternoon the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola is presenting (together with Fresenius Medical Care)  "A Healthy Dose of Blues: The 2nd Annual B.B. King Open House and Health Fair. "The health fair is between 2 and 6pm, and celebrity Chef Aaron McCargo will be there from 2-4 p.m.

Here's the music lineup on the B.B. King Museum lawn:

12 - 2 p.m. Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
4 - 6 p.m. Big Time Rhythm Band
6 - 8 p.m. Russell Baxter and the 21st Century Band

Later tonight there will be live music at the historic Club Ebony from 10pm to 12:30am with Greenville's Mickey Rogers and the Soul Blues Band

Today at noon the Blue Biscuit in Indianola is having a free show between noon and 1pm - here's the message they just sent out!  Otherwise it's a great place to eat, have a drink, and catch live music while in Indianola.
Noon today! Amanda Gresham's Delta Music Experience Back Porch Review (featuring Lady A, Dexter Allen, SUPER CHIKAN & possibly one more very Special guest!) will be performing from noon-1pm at the Biscuit! It is such an honor to have them here! Come join us for Lunch & music from some of the best performers anywhere, up close and personal!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Art Alfresco -- art and music tonight 5-8pm in downtown Greenwood, Mississippi

Tonight local merchants and retailers will keep their doors open late to host an artist’s work in their shops. Art enthusiasts can bid on a piece of work by each retailer’s featured artist at the 1st Alfresco Auction, which will be held in the Delta Room of the Alluvian Hotel, with proceeds going to Main Street Greenwood's downtown revitalization efforts.

Music in downtown Greenwood tonight includes the solo/duo portion of the 1st Annual 3 Rivers Songwriter Competition, with musicians featured at the corners of Howard and Market, Howard and Washington ,and Howard and Church Streets. The band portion of the competition will be held during the Mississippi Blues Fest in Greenwood on Saturday, October 5 from 5-7 p.m. Entry fees for solo-duo acts is $15.00 and $25.00 for bands.

Winners of the competition will receive a cash prize and an automatic entry into the MS Delta Blues Challenge in Indianola. From there, they will be eligible to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Solo-duo acts should contact Main Street Greenwood at 662-453-7625 for registration information. Band acts should contact Andrew McQueen, Chairman of the MS Blues Fest at 662-453-4065.

 Art Alfresco is a production of Main Street Greenwood, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes and celebrates downtown Greenwood through the preservation of its historic resources and through projects, events, and activities that make downtown a viable place to live, work, and visit.
For more information on Art Alfresco visit: www.mainstreetgreenwood.com

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mr. Sipp at the Bottleneck Blues Bar in Vicksburg next Friday and Saturday

Mr. Sipp, a native of McComb, Mississippi who has a strong background in gospel music, won the Vicksburg Blues Society's Blues Challenge in the band category last Sunday. Here's a video of his performance last year at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis -- he was representing Vicksburg.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cat Head Mini Blues Festival - Sunday, Oct. 13

Roger Stolle at Cathead Delta Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale stages the free Cat Head Mini Blues Fest three times a year on the Sundays following the Juke Joint Festival (April), the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival (August), and the King Biscuit Blues Festival (October).

Clarksdale event schedule for next weekend

Shout out to Roger Stolle at Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, who put this together. To keep up with all things Clarksdale be sure to visit his detailed music calendar.

2nd Street Blues Party in Clarksdale on the final weekend of Bridging the Blues

Theo Dasbach, a native of the Netherlands who was just recently granted American citizenship, has run his Rock & Blues Museum in Clarksdale for the last decade. It's filled with recordings and memorabilia from his massive collection, and is one of the institutions that helped make Clarksdale such as center for blues tourism. If you'd like to visit the Museum drop by or contact them via their webpage. Their official hours are 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday.