LIVE

FROM CLARKSDALE

STREAMING LIVE BLUES 7* NIGHTS A WEEK
(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.  It was the first virtual, international blues community juking up every day... for what wound up being 400 nights straight.

The blues never died in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Read the story at our parent company, Shared Experiences USA.

* Hooray!  Clarksdale venues have returned to hosting live blues in person all 7 nights a week, and we still broadcast once a week for our online friends around the world.  Tune in on Facebook -- and leave a comment if you'd like to say hi to the crowd+musicians and tell us where in the world you are!  We can't wait to juke up with you.

Y'all stay safe out there!

When the world can travel again, we look forward to welcoming y'all to Clarksdale.

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LIVE FROM CLARKSDALE

Many local musicians continue to play the blues.  They're just taking the party online.

As each show is scheduled, we'll keep this updated with where to find them.  You can also follow us and the hashtag #LiveFromClarksdale on Facebook and Instagram.

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

Saturday 8/6

  • 8pm Marquise! 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 :)

Friday 8/12

  • 5-7pm Open house happy hour at our Shared Experiences HQ, 121 Delta Ave.  All are welcome to join us in raising a glass to the Sunflower Festival.

 

Saturday 8/20: A Day in the Life of Clarksdale

Watermelon Slim AND 19th Street Red AND the Stone Gas Band AND Bill Abel AND Edna Nicole AND Muddy Alexander all in a single day...  What is this new festival?!

It's just another day in Clarksdale!  We mean it when we say we have "live blues ALL 365 nights a year"... and not just in one venue, but 4 or 5 or 6.  THIS is why you don't need to wait for the next festival to visit Clarksdale!

Experience blues bar-hopping and juking with us ALL day at Facebook.com/LiveFromClarksdale   We'll go live at the top of each hour (promptly as possible but please have patience for real Delta bluesmen on Delta Time!) for:

  • 10am  Watermelon Slim at the Bluesberry Cafe

  • 11am  Randy "19th Street Red" Cohen at Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

  • 3pm  Our first Shared Experiences: Farm Tour kicks off with Howard Stovall and local farmers giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Mississippi Delta's world-class ag operations  (in person at 6499 Oakhurst Stovall Road; book online for $5! www.SharedExperiencesUSA.com/farmtours )

  • 4pm  Stone Gas Band at Stovall Store

  • 8pm  Bill Abel at the Shack Up Inn

  • 9pm  Muddy Alexander with Edna Nicole at Ground Zero Blues Club

  • ...and if we're lucky, another stop or two elsewhere along the way ;)

Saturday 8/27

  • 8pm Fonky Donkey -- the full Fonky Donkey 6-piece band including sax! -- plays the "Juke Chapel" at the Shack Up Inn.  Tune in to their Facebook page for the first set, or come party with them all night at the Shacks.

Saturday 9/3  (Labor Day Weekend!)

  • Red's Old-Timers Festival! starts with 95yo Cadillac John and Bill Abel at noon.​  Lucious Spiller will broadcast his set live -- he's almost 60!  Tune in and wish him HBD.

  • UPDATE:  Lucious' set is around 7:00pm, and can be found on his FB page:  www.facebook.com/ImNoFool1

 

Thursday 9/8

  • 8pm Anthony "Big A" Sherrod hosts Ground Zero Blues Club's Thursday jam night.  We'll broadcast Big A's first set on the GZBC Facebook page.  Come on down in person -- and BYO instrument to join him on the next set!  Yes, YOU can be onstage in this "ground zero" for the blues.  With none other than Big A this week... and always someone great, every Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Saturday 9/17

  • 10pm Heather Crosse & friends celebrate Jacqueline "Jaxx" Nassar getting married!  We'll stream the after-party live from Ground Zero at www.Facebook.com/LiveFromClarksdale

Saturday 9/24:  Mighty Roots Music Festival

Friday 9/30

  • 8pm Lala Craig's birthday bash at Ground Zero is open to the public -- and online!  Come celebrate Lala with us, either in person or on our Facebook page.

 

Sunday 10/9: Pinetop Perkins Festival

  • 6pm  Pro-Am Showcase, including Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Bob Stroger, Bob Margolin & Pinetop students will be live at Hopson and on our FB page.

Friday 10/14: Tennessee Williams Festival

  • 2pm  Curtis Wilkie & Ralph Eubanks in conversation about the civil rights movement in Clarksdale and beyond, streamed live from the Cutrer mansion and on our FB page.

  • 4:30pm Coahoma Community College Choir quartet will be streamed live during the festival kickoff on our Facebook page.

Friday 10/14: Deep Blues Festival

Saturday 10/29: Hambone Festival

  • 2pm Pat Moss brings the blues from Oklahoma to Clarksdale for the Hambone Festival.  The afternoon is free! both at Hambone and on our Facebook page.

 

Monday 10/31

  • 8pm Mississippi Marshall, Stan Street & Reverend Robert will be live for the Halloween costume party at the Bluesberry Cafe -- come join the fun on Bluesberry's Facebook page.

Sunday 11/6

  • 2pm Libby Rae Watson & Bill Steber celebrate our new Shared Experiences HQ!  With special guest appearances by our friends Vic Barbieri, Alan Cohen, Henri & Charlie Musselwhite, Carol & Gary Vincent, Alison with Sweet Brown Sugar food truck and more! :)  All on Facebook.com/LiveFromClarksdale

  • THANKS to Heartland Forward & the Builders+Backers program for supporting this pop-up!

Sunday 11/13

  • 3pm Edna Nicole Luckett & Muddy Alexander host a Family Jam at our new HQ!  (UPDATE: it was sooo sweet!  Definitely worth a replay if you missed it live.)  Also on Facebook.com/LiveFromClarksdale with a cameo by Alison and Sweet Brown Sugar, and extra thanks to Heartland Forward & the Builders+Backers.

Tuesday 11/15

 

Then: THANKSGIVING BREAK!  We'll stream live again after the holiday -- but live blues continues in person all 365 days a year (including Thanksgiving) in Clarksdale. Check it out at CatHead.biz/music-calendar and come visit if you just can't wait for the next show ;)

Come experience it for yourself and stay with us!  We've just opened our new downtown Clarksdale Airbnb :)

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

follow Shared Experiences USA for Deak Harp's Blues Experience, our Black History Experience,

new farm tours, and more ways to come experience the Delta yourself.

We miss y'all, and can't wait to see you soon.  Till then, we'll look forward to juking up together online!

 

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

Live From Clarksdale continues Clarksdale's tradition of "live blues -- 365 nights a year" with the support of Visit Clarksdale.  When you're ready to roadtrip and #WanderMS, stop by Visit Clarksdale online & in person... and #VisitMSResponsibly y'all!

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