The Show Must Go On...
Weeks into the pandemic, our small Delta town of Clarksdale, Mississippi
hosted one of the world's first virtual festivals.
On April xx,
10,000+ people watched live, from 32 countries. Within a week, it reached 250,000.
Population of Clarksdale, Mississippi: 15,000 people.
Why was VJJF special?
- connected ppl
Launched Live From
...all in the land where blues began
The Juke Joint Festival is much-beloved in the community,
and has been an engine of economic development in this often-overlooked area.
As travel was canceled and our town was shut down, the music carried on --
and brought people together.
Read more: Impact
Clarksdale is known as a birthplace of the blues.
We're the infamous "Crossroads" of highways 61 and 49, where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil.
This is the home of Sam Cooke, Ike Turner, John Lee Hooker, Big Jack Johnson. Wade Walton's barbershop is here, on the same spot where W.C. Handy lived. So many legends passed through the historic Riverside Hotel, where Bessie Smith died. Alan Lomax recorded here.
Muddy Waters grew up here, and boarded the train from Clarksdale to Chicago -- taking the blues with him, and electrifying it. His log cabin from the Stovall plantation now sits in the Delta Blues Museum. It both preserves our local traditions, and passes them along to the next generation of musicians here.
This is the next generation of music.
Some of them performed in our Virtual Juke Joint, live from Clarksdale: Jacqueline "Jaxx" Nassar, Big A Sherrod, Lee Williams.
Catch the replay:
This is one music festival where you can catch every single act, even afterward.
It's split into 2 videos on the Live From Clarksdale Facebook page:
WATERMELON SLIM | RYAN LEE CROSBY | MISSISSIPPI MARSHALL | STACY MITCHHART
SIDE STREET STEPPERS DUO | GHALIA VOLT | ANTHONY "BIG A" SHERROD
THEO "BOOGIEMAN" DASBACH | DAVID DUNAVENT | LIGHTNIN' MALCOLM | DEAK HARP
EDEN BRENT | JOHNNY RAWLS | JOHN MOHEAD | CARLOS ELLIOT | JIMBO MATHUS
STAN "DEAD END" STREET & LEE WILLIAMS | BLUE MOTHER TUPELO | LUCIOUS SPILLER
GRACE ASKEW | SEAN "BAD" APPLE | JAQUELINE "JAXX" NASSAR
JESSE COTTON STONE | BIG JOHN SHORT | LALA CRAIG | REVEREND PEYTON
For info on how to Tip Tip Tip the Band, click here.
...and you can check @SharedExperiencesUSA for the #BehindTheScenes story soon.
Juke Joint 2019
Enjoy beautiful and foot-stomping moments from the 2019 Juke Joint Festival at Ted Reed Productions'
Juke Joint 2021
This entire festival was free thanks to: