LIVE

FROM CLARKSDALE

Streaming Live Blues 365 Nights A Year (or however long this lasts)

Clarksdale welcomes people who travel from all over the world to the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of the blues.  Our downtown has a rich tapestry of venues where you can hear the blues live -- all 365 nights a year.

To keep our community safe -- and the blues alive -- as people stopped traveling, we created...

Live From Clarksdale  

The last "normal" live music was in Hambone Art Gallery, where tourists and locals mingle with live blues (yes, on a small stage next to a small bar -- inside an art gallery) every Tuesday.  It didn't feel normal.

The next night, Red's closed.  For the first Wednesday in years.  But Lucious Spiller doesn't miss a gig.  He took the party online -- becoming one of the first musicians to stream in the pandemic.

We worked with him, then every other musician in Clarksdale, and eventually every venue in Clarksdale, to keep the blues alive every. single. night.

For over a year.

We wound up streaming for over 400* nights in a row.  The music never died in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Read highlights of our journey here, and follow @LiveFromClarksdale on Facebook and Instagram or join our spam-free mailing list for updates.

*With one sad exception when Ben died and another for Blackout Tuesday.

Now that we're finally back to "live blues -- all 7 nights a week" in person, Live From Clarksdale continues to broadcast highlights for our friends across the world.  It's a virtual community that interacts with the musicians and each other live on Facebook.

 

As each show is scheduled, we'll keep this calendar updated with where to find them.  Big thanks to the Visit Clarksdale team for sponsoring this project and supporting musicians in our town.

Thanks to your online tips and Visit Clarksdale's support, we've kept over 55 musicians working.  Not a single one of Clarksdale's core musicians left during the pandemic.  In fact, a couple more have now moved here.

Thanks to them -- and you -- the blues never died in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

It's a new kind of virtual travel adventure we're embarking upon together.  Buckle up and join us!

Current Schedule

All Clarksdale-times: CDT

Links are also updated on our page at www.LiveFromClarksdale.org

Friday 5/27

  • 5pm Jimmy Duck Holmes at Ground Zero's 21st Anniversary Party which goes 'til late! Friday and Saturday.  We'll broadcast Jimmy Duck Holmes' set for our friends online, via Ground Zero's Facebook page.

Saturday 5/28

  • 10am Robert Kimbrough Sr. starts Ground Zero + Goat Fest's Day 2 with blues brunch at the Bluesberry Cafe -- join us on Bluesberry's Facebook page!

Ground Zero's anniversary & Goat Fest IX are Friday 5/27 - Saturday 5/28.  Tune in online to kick off the weekend with us -- then book your ticket to Clarksdale and come enjoy live music all. weekend. long.

Friday 6/3

  • 8pm Rashad the Blues Kid celebrates with us and our friends online at Ground Zero's Facebook page.

Chicago Blues Fest:

Near the Windy City?  Stop by Visit Mississippi's Juke Joint Stage at the Chicago Blues Fest to see our local artists -- and visit Bubba at the Visit Clarksdale table!

Saturday 6/11

  • 8pm Anthony "Big A" Sherrod's Birthday Bash is onstage at Ground Zero and online at Ground Zero's Facebook page.

Saturday 6/18

  • 5:45pm Terry "Harmonica" Bean celebrating Juneteenth at BAMFest, the Birthplace of American Music Festival.  We'll broadcast a set for friends online, and juke all weekend in a dozen venues across town.  Check out the full lineup at https://bamfestms.com/

Friday 6/24

  • 8pm Pinetop Perkins Workshop at Ground Zero Blues Club!  Join us in supporting students and the work of the Pinetop Perkins Foundation: PinetopPerkinsFoundation.org​

Friday 7/1

  • 8pm Mohead at Ground Zero Blues Club will not be streamed-- gotta come experience it in person yourself!​

Tuesday 7/5

  • 8pm Anthony "Big A" Sherrod returns to Hambone Art Gallery for an intimate show.  Drop into Hambone's FB page and say hi!  He might even take a request or two ;)

Friday 7/8

  • 8pm Reba Russell at Ground Zero Blues Club, for the first time ever #LiveFromClarksdale -- SAVE THE DATE.

Saturday 7/16

  • Crossroads Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival at the Delta Blues Alley Cafe.

Friday 7/22

  • 8pm Lucious Spiller plays for the hometown crowd back at Ground Zero Blues Club!  He's been from Chicago to Biloxi and back, and is stoked to play live from Clarksdale again to friends around the world.  Catch the first set on his Lucci Spiller Facebook page online.​

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Saturday 7/30

  • 8pm Charlotte Taylor returns to Ground Zero Blues Club.  We'll stream the first set, but you've gotta Vsiit Clarksdale and follow Charlotte to catch the rest of her magic in person...

Saturday 8/6

  • 8pm Marquis! Knox! is finally coming to Clarksdale: he'll be at Ground Zero Blues Club in Biloxi on Friday, and here on Saturday.  Tune in with us online or get! your! tickets! now :)

Beyond February...  #BlackHistory365 continues: we are proud to celebrate Black history EVERY day through our actions and programs to explore the roots of the blues -- and keep it alive and evolving.  Check out our Black history page for photo essays, archived live shows, and the Black history tour we now offer.

Visit Clarksdale to experience live blues nightly (check the Cat Head calendar), and

book a Shared Experience including Deak Harp's Blues Experience and our Black History Experience,

-- both in downtown Clarksdale and available now.​​

 

If you can't travel yet, explore from home via our virtual tour or the Blues Trail Revisited podcast from award-winning filmmaker (and blues fan!) Ted Reed:  bluestrailrevisited.podbean.com

 

We miss y'all, and can't wait to see you soon.

Till then, we'll look forward to juking up together online!

 
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