SATURDAY NIGHT VENUES

April 22, 2017

JJF Wristbands Required

Ride our "Southern Comfort Blues Bus Shuttle" between our official Juke Joint Festival nighttime venues!

Bus shuttles start out at hotels (& Expo RV park) around 7pm, and then rotate for the rest of the evening between the clubs and juke joints. (Runs till roughly 1am... but don't miss the last bus, please.)

Club 2000

349 Issaquenna Clarksdale, MS 38614

7:00 pm

Sean 'Bad' Apple

Baptized in the fire water of Clarksdale, MS., Sean “Bad” Apple began his spiritual journey of learning the blues by seeking out the old blues musicians that were willing to share their years of knowledge. Sean is working hard to keep Hill Country Blues alive and well. People are always in for a good show and never leave disappointed when the Bad Apple is on the stage

http://seanbadapple.com

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Stone Pony Pizza

226 Delta Avenue

7:00 pm

Southern Halo

Southern Halo has crafted a signature sound that is a blend of classic Country and “Pop Country” with a dash of Southern Rock or CPR: Country/Pop/Rock. It’s youthful, energetic music - made immediately recognizable by the sweet sibling harmonies that have become Southern Halo’s trademark.

https://www.southernhalo.net

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The Holy Moly

218 Third Street

7:00 pm

Libby Rae and Dem

4 great names in blues and Americana come together for a special evening of music! Libby Rae Watson, Wes Lee, Austin Walking Cane, Walker T. Ryan

http://www.libbyrae.com

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Delta Cinema Stage

11 Third Street

7:30 pm

Rip Lee Pryor

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The Bank (back porch)

123 E. Second Street

7:30 pm

Side Street Steppers

Christian Stanfield and Miss Vera Victoria founded the Side Street Steppers in June of 2009. What began as a simple duo of musicians unearthing material from the Golden Age of American gramaphone recording has grown into a full-blown Memphis institution.

http://www.sidestreetsteppers.com

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Cotton Boll Court

1 Commissary Road

8:00 pm

Louis 'Gearshifter' Youngblood

Louis Arzo Youngblood, aka “Gearshifter,” is a Jackson-based guitarist and vocalist who performs a unique blend of country blues, modern soul-blues, and everything in between.

http://www.arts.ms.gov/folklife/artist.php?dirname=youngblood_louis

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Crossroads Cultural Arts Center

332 Delta Avenue

8:00 pm

Big T & the Family Blues Band

One of Clarksdale's finest musicians, Terry "Big T" Williams knows the blues. He came up under "Mr. Johnnie" Billington's watch before graduating to "Big Jack" Johnson's band, The Jelly Roll Kings, The Stone Gas Band and his own Big T & the Family band. A favorite of big clubs and juke joints alike, Big T is a man to watch on guitar. Pick up his CD "Hellhounds on My Trail" ... and watch for a new release on Broke & Hungry Records coming soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhNmLuk-AMU

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Ground Zero Blues Club

0 Blues Alley

8:00 pm

David Dunavent & Evol Love Band

David Dunavent and EVOL LOVE is a hard hitting blues rock band hailing from the heart of the Mississippi Delta. David, the front man and namesake, has played along side blues legends like Bill "Howl n Madd" Perry, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, current Blues sensation Jarekus Singleton, and many more before striking out on his own.

http://artistecard.com/daviddunaventandevollove#!/bio

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Hattie Jean's

270 Delta Avenue (formerly Henderson Drug Store)

8:00 pm

Otis 'TCB' Taylor

All Aboard! that Blues Train. it's your boy Otis "TCB" Taylor. it's going down sunflower river blues fest, at Delta Blues alley Clarksdale miss. TCB ant the Main Stage Band will be performing from 1030pm to 1230pm at Adel's Blues alley, across from ground zero blues club, on Saturday nite. their will be a cover charge, so hey after William bell do his thang on the stage, come on over and check out a real live soul-blues performance from the hottest band in the land. [come on and do wat u do].

https://www.facebook.com/otis.taylor.102

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Jerry's Tamales

301 Issaquena Avenue

8:00 pm

Robert Kimbrough, Sr.

Ever since I was knee-high to a duck, my dad called me “Willey Woot” and it sticks with me today. That’s what I am calling this CD. This is a mix of songs from my previous self produced CDs in the COTTON PATCH BLUES STYLE that I was raised on. That original SOUL BLUES like my Poppa played. I hope you enjoy.

https://robertkimbroughsr.com

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Levon's Bar & Grill

232 Sunflower Avenue

8:00 pm

Mississippi Big Foot

The Band: Mississippi Bigfoot was formed in the spring of 2015 after a series of events led them to play together at Ground Zero in Clarksdale, MS. They are a new band with an old soul. That first night led to many more Nationally. From nightclubs to festivals to private parties, their dancecard has been filling up. May 2016 will find them over the ocean on their first International tour. Their debut album, Population Unknown, was recorded in the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN. Radio airplay around the world has allowed them to gain fans globally and they are looking forward to meeting many of them on the upcoming tour.

http://www.mississippibigfoot.com

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Meraki Coffee Roasters

278 Sunflower Ave

8:00 pm

Grace Askew

At the wild age of 22, Grace left six generations of Memphis roots behind to find her voice - what she found was far more than a delicately destructive sound. Invoking the spirits of the cross roads and imbibing the spirits of the heartland, this Tennessee tumbleweed found a home with the salt of the earth.

http://www.graceaskew.com

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New Roxy (main stage)

363 Issaquena Avenue

8:00 pm

Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band

Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.

http://www.bigdamnband.com

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Red's Lounge

395 Sunflower Avenue

8:00 pm

Leo Bud Welch

Leo “Bud” Welch Sr. was born in Sabougla, Mississippi in 1932. Bud picked up a guitar for the first time in 1945. By 1947 at age 15, Bud could play well enough to perform publically and garnered the blessing of many elder guitar players. Bud was offered an audition by BB King but could not afford the trip to Memphis. Leo does not believe that Blues is the devil’s music but a way of expressing the highs and lows of one’s life through song. Leo’s debut album “Sabougla Voices” was released January 7, 2014 just two months before his 82nd birthday and his sophomore album “I Don’t Prefer No Blues” was released on March 24, 2015 just two days after his 83rd birthday.

http://www.leobudwelch.com

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The Bank (main stage)

123 E. Second Street

8:00 pm

Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram

At the tender age of 6, Kingfish began playing the drums. Three years later at the age of 9, he took up the bass guitar. At the age of 11, he began playing lead guitar. By the age of 14, he had mastered all three instruments and has added vocals to his ever growing list of talents. Unlike many of his musical predecessors from Mississippi, Kingfish never had to pick cotton or sell his soul to the devil at the infamous Crossroads. Yet, this child prodigy’s soul is possessed with the feeling, passion and fire of the much older men who created the most important genre of American music, the Blues.

https://www.christonekingfishingram.com

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The Delta Byrd

721 Riverside Avenue

8:00 pm

Hezekiah Early & Robert Lee 'Lil Poochie' Watson

Natchez-based drummer, harmonica player and vocalist Hezekiah Early was born on October 7, 1934 on a farm in the community of Anna’s Bottom, located about a dozen miles north of Natchez adjacent to the Mississippi River. Some of first music that Early heard as a young man was that of local fife and drum groups, which consisted of a fife player, two snare drums, and a bass player. His father, Wilson, played fife, and Early learned to play all the instruments himself. He continued playing in such bands until 1970, and says that he would like to revive the tradition.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=early_hezekiah

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Bluesberry Cafe

235 Yazoo Avenue

9:00 pm

Watermelon Slim & the Truckers

Bill "Watermelon Slim" Homans has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. HARP Magazine wrote "From sizzling slide guitar...to nitty-gritty harp blowing...to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat." Paste Magazine writes "He's one hell of a bottleneck guitarist, and he's got that cry in his voice that only the greatest singers in the genre have had before him."

http://www.watermelonslim.com

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Delta Blues Alley Cafe (backroom stage)

352 Delta Avenue

9:00 pm

Lucious Spiller Blues Band

Born in St. Louis, Lucious Spiller discovered at an early age that God had blessed him with a special gift. Music permeated his home and he absorbed it all. His father gave Lucious a guitar when he was four and taught him his first chords. He was a natural. He hails from the Spiller family that has contributed to and enhanced the musical experiences of countless people across the country and the world. His family has their own permanent marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, "Black Prairie Blues". His early memories include his father, Lucious Spiller, Sr., his uncle "Magic Sam" and his cousins, Eddie Clearwater and Vernon and Joe Harrington, and many other blues greats performing at his childhood home during family reunions. He was itching to play. He started out playing bass guitar in church. And the rest is history!

https://www.facebook.com/BlueSpiller/

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Delta Blues Alley Cafe (front bar)

352 Delta Avenue

9:00 pm

Terry Harmonica Bean

One of Mississippi's hidden treasures: a contemporary hill country bluesman, lifelong resident of Pontotoc, who has created his own distinctive version of the harp-blowing, guitar-grooving one-man band. Although he's long past the dues-paying stage, Bean has played with some of the most important bluesmen to come out of Mississippi in the past two decades.

http://www.hillcountryharmonica.com/terry_bean.html

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Delta Cinema Stage

11 Third Street

Grandma's Blues Club

115 Third Street

9:00 pm

Robert 'Bilbo' Walker Blues Band

80-year-old Clarksdale blues legend Bilbo Walker where's a wig and suit... duckwalks... and dances with his guitar!

https://www.facebook.com/RobertBilboWalker/

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Ground Zero Blues Club

0 Blues Alley

9:00 pm

Kat Riggins Blues Band

Florida's soulful new queen of the blues!

https://www.katriggins.com/

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Hambone Art & Music

111 E. Second Street

9:00 pm

Johnny Rawls Blues Band

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Hopson Commissary (main stage)

1 Commissary Road

9:00 pm

Big George Brock & the New Houserockers

BIG GEORGE BROCK... Bigger-than-life, legendary 78-year-old Clarksdale-raised blues harmonica player, singer and band leader who has shared stage or studio with everyone from Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Howlin Wolf to Watermelon Slim, Jimbo Mathus and Steven Seagal. Multi-Blues Music Award nominee who has played festival stages from Chicago to Clarksdale, the UK to France... and beyond! Recorded three acclaimed CDs for the Cat Head Presents label; starred in the film-festival-favorite documentary film "Hard Times; recorded hit "M for Mississippi" theme song for the award-winning film of the same name.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEgkQ8JBj6I

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Messenger's

133 MLK Dr.

9:00 pm

Lightnin' Malcolm

The Mississippi based Multi-instrumentalist combines the Tribal Rhythms and raw electrifying power of the Hill Country Blues with melodic songwriting wisdom of heroes Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. MALCOLM fuses elements of Funk, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, West African World Beat, Gospel and Country to create an Authentic Signature sound in modern day World Roots Music.

https://www.lightninmalcolm.com

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Pete's Grill

550 Sunflower Avenue

9:00 pm

Duwayne Burnside

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Duwayne Burnside is one of 14 children born to legendary North Mississippi musician R.L. Burnside and his wife, Alice. He has been a frequent performer with the North Mississippi Allstars since the early 1990s, when that group, fronted by Luther and Cody Dickinson, formed. The young Burnside learned his first few guitar licks and chords from his father, but proved a quick study and soon began playing with local club owner Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys. Growing up in Holly Springs, he was close to Memphis, and as soon as he was able to get to Memphis, he did, and soon had the chance to sit in with Little Jimmy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and others.

https://myspace.com/duwayneburnside

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Red's Lounge

395 Sunflower Avenue

9:00 pm

Cadillac John & the Cornlickers

“Cadillac” John Nolden is a blues harmonica player, songwriter, and vocalist from Renova, Mississippi.

http://www.smokestacklightnin.com/Bios/Cadillac%20John%20with%20the%20Cornlickers.htm

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Ground Zero Blues Club

0 Blues Alley

10:00 pm

Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks

In the world of Mississippi blues and folk art, you won't find much better than Mr. James "Super Chikan" Johnson. He is the man. His "live" shows are legendary for their originality and energy. Whether he's playing his signature B.C. Rich guitar or one of his homemade gas can "Chikan-tars," you'll know that good times have entered the building after the first three notes. Winner of the Governor's Award for Excellence in the arts, Chikan recently released his 4th and perhaps best CD, "Chikan Supe." He's been all over the world, but this weekend he's back in town.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqi_j5Glmtc

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Red's Lounge

395 Sunflower Avenue

10:00 pm

Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod & the Cornlickers

Young bluesman from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Anthony Sherrod & The Cornlickers are the official house band of Red’s – 'the most famous juke joint in the world'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnsaLmGmWEw

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Shack Up Inn (The Gin)

1 Commissary Road

10:00 pm

Kenny Brown

American blues slide guitarist skilled in the North Mississippi Hill Country blues style.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Brown_(guitarist)

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New Roxy (front bar stage)

363 Issaquena Avenue

10:30 pm

Blue Mother Tupelo

Blue Mother Tupelo - the husband and wife team of Ricky Davis (acoustic & electric guitars, dobro, vocals) and Micol Davis (piano, tambourine, vocals) - began performing as a duo in 1995. Soon thereafter, drummers, bassists, harmonica players, fiddle players and other friends would sit in. BMT primarily performs as a trio with guitars (acoustic & electric), piano, tambourines & drums, percussion. Ricky & Micol also perform in the original duo format as well. Unique, passionate, inspired and unaffected by musical genres, Blue Mother Tupelo is pure heart and soul.

https://www.bluemothertupelo.com

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