2020 JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL CANCELLED DUE TO HEALTH CRISIS; RETURNING IN 2021

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Thursday April 15, 2021

JJF ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

JJF ACTIVITIES

Activities run all day. Starting times are variable.

JJF EVENTS

10:00 am

JJF Merchandise Sales - 243 Delta

10 am to 5:30 pm. T-shirts, hats and other merchandise.

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Where: Juke Joint Festival Headquarters

The official Juke Joint Festival Headquarters is conveniently located at 243 Delta Avenue in downtown Clarksdale (basically across the street from Nellie Mays).

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10:00 am

WRISTBAND SALES - 243 Delta Avenue

Sat-night Juke Joint Festival Wristbands are required for entry into all 20+ official Saturday, April 18, 2020, Juke Joint Festival nighttime music venues as well as for our Saturday daytime History Bus Tours (limited seating). Non-festival 'Related Events' organized by outside parties may require additional fees. Limited quantities available. Sales will end immediately in the case of a sellout. More information on "Wristband" page of this website.

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Where: Juke Joint Festival Headquarters

The official Juke Joint Festival Headquarters is conveniently located at 243 Delta Avenue in downtown Clarksdale (basically across the street from Nellie Mays).

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1:00 pm

POSTER Signing Cristen Barnard

Meet and greet the artist who will be signing our 2020 festival poster.

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Where: Juke Joint Festival Headquarters

The official Juke Joint Festival Headquarters is conveniently located at 243 Delta Avenue in downtown Clarksdale (basically across the street from Nellie Mays).

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3:00 pm

SPECIAL SCREENING: "The Blues Trail Revisited"

FREE public screening of "The Blues Trail Revisited" — including the world-premiere of Part II. New blues documentary film by Ted Reed Productions... In the spring of 1970, 20-year-old Museum of Fine Arts film students Ted Reed and his friend Tim Treadway drove through the south to find and record some of the last living blues legends. Their goal was to discover the very roots of American popular music, and the sources of the rock music they had grown up with—music that had made the trip from the US to England in the 1950s and then back to the US in the 1960s through groups like the Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, and Cream. 50 years later, Reed, by now a multiple award winning documentary filmmaker, discovered his old film while in the process of moving his office. He realized he was sitting on a treasure trove; archival footage of a bygone time that no one else had ever used. His curiosity moved him to drive the identical route he had taken years before and see firsthand what had changed in the birthplace of the blues. Today, tourism is second only to agriculture in annual revenue in Tennessee and Mississippi. Who was behind the revival of the study of blues history? How did this newfound embrace by regional and state government administrations come about? Who were the tourists flooding—and in some cases resettling in—the birthplace of the blues? And who were the new musicians rapidly finding a fan base in the pilgrims coming to hear and discover this quintiscentially American music? These are the questions Ted returned to Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana with in 2018 and 2019. He talked with authors Peter Guralnick, Roger Stolle and Dick Waterman, historians and hospitality entrepreneurs, musicians and art dealers, state officials, museum managers, and travelers from Arkansas to Australia. Also on this return trip, Ted reconnected with Tim for the first time in all those years and together reflected on all that had passed in nearly a half-century. The resulting film is a personal memoir that encompasses the evolution of American music, the upheavals of the civil rights movement, the power of memory, and a reflection on the treasures of personal experience, both lost and found. Intro/Q&A with Ted Reed.

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5:00 pm

Juke Joint Festival KICK-OFF!

Festival favorite (and owner of new Clarksdale's Bad Apple Blues Club) Sean "Bad" Apple drops Hill Country blues favorites and originals on his fans in the funky cool lobby-bar of the historic New Roxy!

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Where: New Roxy (front bar stage)

The New Roxy is a former movie theater located in the historic New World District of downtown Clarksdale. After deteriorating over a 30-year vacancy, this iconic building is being resurrected as a vibrant music, art, and theater venue for you to discover and enjoy.

Step inside to experience the regrowth—original sloping concrete floor, masonry stage, distressed brick walls, space for dancing, drinking, dining—all beneath a gorgeous view of the night sky through the open rooftop.

We are open throughout the year for events such as festivals, theater performances, film screenings and private parties. Two separate areas await your arrival. The front bar features a small, intimate stage (now fully covered and weather-proof) while the open-air main stage provides ample room for larger productions.

Check out our online calendar for upcoming events! The New Roxy has it all, with an easy online ticketing system for select events for your convenience.
Be a part of making history!

http://www.newroxy.com

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Who: 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

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6:15 pm

Juke Joint Festival KICK-OFF!

Official JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL Welcome and annual presentation of JJF's "Miss Sarah Awards," Visit Clarksdale's "Tourism Awards" and D. Kemp's "Rhythm Awards"!

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Where: New Roxy

The New Roxy is a former movie theater located in the historic New World District of downtown Clarksdale. After deteriorating over a 30-year vacancy, this iconic building is being resurrected as a vibrant music, art, and theater venue for you to discover and enjoy.

Step inside to experience the regrowth—original sloping concrete floor, masonry stage, distressed brick walls, space for dancing, drinking, dining—all beneath a gorgeous view of the night sky through the open rooftop.

We are open throughout the year for events such as festivals, theater performances, film screenings and private parties. Two separate areas await your arrival. The front bar features a small, intimate stage (now fully covered and weather-proof) while the open-air main stage provides ample room for larger productions.

Check out our online calendar for upcoming events! The New Roxy has it all, with an easy online ticketing system for select events for your convenience.
Be a part of making history!

http://www.newroxy.com

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Who: Annual AWARDS presentations...

Enjoy the annual presentation of Juke Joint Festival's "Miss Sarah Awards," Visit Clarksdale's "Tourism Awards" and D. Kemp's "Rhythm Awards"!

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6:30 pm

Juke Joint Festival KICK-OFF!

The native son returns — Christone "Kingfish" Ingram! Clarksdale's GRAMMY-nominated young blues prodigy started his path towards musical stardom as a student in the Delta Blues Museum's Arts & Education program (and briefly in the Griot Arts program). In the last couple years, Christone has toured the U.S. and internationally, often sharing stages with the likes of his mentor Buddy Guy. Best of all? He's not only a fine musician; he's a fine young man. Fun fact: His first paid gig was playing bass in the band of tonight's opening act — Sean "Bad" Apple.

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Where: New Roxy (main stage)

The New Roxy is a former movie theater located in the historic New World District of downtown Clarksdale. After deteriorating over a 30-year vacancy, this iconic building is being resurrected as a vibrant music, art, and theater venue for you to discover and enjoy.

Step inside to experience the regrowth—original sloping concrete floor, masonry stage, distressed brick walls, space for dancing, drinking, dining—all beneath a gorgeous view of the night sky through the open rooftop.

We are open throughout the year for events such as festivals, theater performances, film screenings and private parties. Two separate areas await your arrival. The front bar features a small, intimate stage (now fully covered and weather-proof) while the open-air main stage provides ample room for larger productions.

Check out our online calendar for upcoming events! The New Roxy has it all, with an easy online ticketing system for select events for your convenience.
Be a part of making history!

http://www.newroxy.com

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