Spring is rapidly springing, and that means that festival season is upon us again! The Juke Joint Festival, Thursday, April 11th through Saturday, April 16th, in Clarksdale, Mississippi is the unofficial blues festival season kickoff, and American Blues Scene will be covering the event in it’s entirety!
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At the festival, the American Blues Scene is officially releasing the very first edition of our exciting new magazine with a magazine release party Friday afternoon at Cathead Delta Blues and Folk Art Gallery! Throughout the fest, ABS will be on hand to provide live updates, coverage, pictures, and more of the Juke Joint Festival.
If you’re unable to make Juke Joint this year, keep yourselves tuned right here and on our Facebook Fan Page to get live coverage and updates throughout!
The setting couldn’t be better; Clarksdale is known as “ground zero of the blues”, and is deep in the heart of the Mississippi Delta — the land where the blues began. Juke Joint Festival provides thousands of visitors a true delta feeling; the “stages” are under blue tents, on sidewalks in front of businesses’ doors, and in tiny juke joints where the musicians play straight to the people. The festival’s main acts are a showcase of amazingly talented delta musicians. Eden Brent, Carlos Elliot Jr, Gravelroad, Lucious Spiller, Jimbo Mathus, LC Ulmer, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, Bill “Howl-n-Madd” Perry, Pat Thomas, and many more can be found playing the down-home stages and drinking beers at the bars.
The festival is based in the downtown Clarksdale area, which gives visitors quick and easy access to such famous juke joints as Reds, located right on the Sunflower river, The New Roxy, Club 2000, Messenger’s and, of course, the always popular blues club Ground Zero.
Be sure to keep watching the American Blues Scene as we provide updates for those that can’t be there, and magazines & beers for those that can!