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Mississippi streams "Virtual Juke Joint Festival Celebration" Live from Clarksdale


Clarksdale, Mississippi (April 15, 2020) — This weekend's planned Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, may be on hiatus till next year due to Covid-19, but fans from around the world can now enjoy a daylong online celebration in its place.


Organizers announced this week that the first-ever Virtual Juke Joint Festival Celebration will stream Saturday, April 18th, via from 12 noon to 9 p.m. CDT. It will be followed by the world-premiere of the new film Juke Joint Festival Revisited at 9 p.m.


"Thanks to our partners at Shared Experiences USA and Ted Reed Productions, we've assembled a daylong celebration of our furloughed festival that everyone can enjoy online," said Nan Hughes, co-organizer of Juke Joint Festival. "With the generous support of our amazing musicians, Visit Mississippi tourism, the Walton Family Foundation, and others, the Virtual Juke Joint Festival Celebration will be a free event."


While the 9 hours of live-streamed blues and roots music are free, fans are encouraged to tip musicians through PayPal and Venmo. The filmmakers also invite fans to consider a donation to the Blues Foundation's Covid-19 Fund and the MS Blues Foundation's Blues Musician Fund.


"Through the magic of the world wide web, we'll be streaming live performances from Clarksdale to Columbia, from New Orleans to Nashville," explained Roger Stolle, Juke Joint Festival co-founder. "Confirmed acts include Reverend Peyton, Johnny Rawls, Jimbo Mathus, Lucious Spiller, Grace Askew, Watermelon Slim and many more who were originally booked to play this year's Juke Joint Festival."


The daylong celebration will conclude with the world-premiere of Juke Joint Festival Revisited, created by Grammy- and Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker Ted Reed and shot at last year's festival. Preview trailer at


The live-streamed portion of the celebration will feature some 27 acts performing at home or in small, no-audience venues thanks to event partner Colleen Buyers, founder of Shared Experiences USA and Live From Clarksdale.


"Following the Virtual Juke Joint party, we'll continue streaming music Live From Clarksdale all 7 nights a week.  During the pandemic, Shared Experiences is coordinating and promoting daily live-streamed musical performances," said Buyers. "Prior to the crisis, Clarksdale already had 365 nights of live blues. Now, musicians are playing 'Live From Clarksdale' to living rooms around the world until the clubs can reopen and everyone can visit Clarksdale again."


With the support of Visit Clarksdale, Visit Mississippi and the Clarksdale Chamber of Commerce, Live From Clarksdale has just launched to stream daily live performances via its centralized listing at Now, even in the midst of the health crisis, the blues can stay alive in the land where it was born.


Stolle reminds blues fans and tourists to plan now for next year's April 15-18, 2021, Juke Joint Festival & Related Events ( in downtown Clarksdale — and to Visit Mississippi ( in-person just as soon as the health crisis is over.


WHAT: Virtual Juke Joint Festival Celebration

WHEN: April 18, 2020 - noon-10pm CDT
COST: free; tips go directly to the musicians




Press Release


  • Live From Clarksdale Instagram and Facebook: @LiveFromClarksdale

  • Juke Joint Festival Instagram and Facebook: @JukeJointFestival

  • Ted Reed Productions Instagram: @TedReedProductions

  • Shared Experiences USA Instagram and Facebook: @SharedExperiencesUSA

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Original photos, video & press release PDF files

available for download on Google Drive.

All media may be used with permission.

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Film: Juke Joint Festival Revisited

  • When Grammy- and Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker Ted Reed learned that the JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL scheduled for April 17, 2020 was cancelled due to the global health crisis, he immediately leapt into action pushing back the release of his original documentary “THE BLUES TRAIL REVISITED” and instead worked to create a new film celebrating the performers and performances of the festival of 2019. “JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL REVISITED”, a 60 minute film, created for digital release on Saturday, April 18th, features exclusive performances with some of the world’s blues legends, old and new. This film celebrates the worldwide impact the Juke Joint Festival has on blues tourism, blues culture, and the unwavering passion and dedication to keeping the blues alive for generations to come.

  • For more, see

  • The film will premiere at the close of the Virtual Juke Joint Festival Celebration, at 9pm CDT.

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  • Please contact Roger Stolle for additional Juke Joint Festival photos and promotional material.

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