Friday April 16, 2021

JJF ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

JJF ACTIVITIES

Activities run all day. Starting times are variable.

Monkeys Riding Dogs

Located at: JOHN LEE HOOKER LANE

Our greatest attraction will be with us for 2 days in 2019, Friday & Saturday

Led by professional rodeo cowboy Tim “WILD THANG” Lepard,Team Ghost Riders is a group of sheep dogs and monkeys, who team together to provide one of the most entertaining traveling acts you will ever see.

"The animals are like family and require 24/7 care to ensure their well-being. When I see the crowd smiling and hear the laughter, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.(Tim)"

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10:45 am

12:45 pm

3:45 pm

5:15 pm

JJF EVENTS

10:00 am

JJF Merchandise Sales - 243 Delta

Open 10am to 5:30pm. T-shirts, hats and other merchandise. New items for 2021, we have taken our old shirts and the ladies at Tutwiler Quilters have done a beautiful job of making then into quilts, bags and pot holders. Then, we have prior year shirts that are hand tie-dyed. Visit our new WEBSTORE to see all our additions!

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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 12+ official participating Saturday, April 17, 2021, Juke Joint Festival nighttime music venues. Non-festival 'Related Events' organized by outside parties may require additional fees. Very 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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10:30 am

FREE - Mr. Taters Memorial Birthday

Mask up, social distance and enjoy... Robin Lane's "Mr. Tater Birthday" tribute to the late Foster "Mr. Tater / The Music Maker" Wiley.

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Where: Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE sidewalk performances! Please tip your musicians, y'all

http://www.cathead.biz

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Who: RL SUPERBAD

Robin Lane is the heart of an act that continually conjures up the memory of Mr. Tater.

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10:45 am

Monkeys Riding Dogs

Show One of Four

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12:00 pm

FREE "live" blues

Mask up, social distance and celebrate Cadillac's 94TH BIRTHDAY! Big Red Paden introduces performance. (Please no handshakes or hugs. We're trying to keep the old men safe. Thanks.) OR... watch the live-stream online via LiveFromClarksdale.org.

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Where: Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE sidewalk performances! Please tip your musicians, y'all

http://www.cathead.biz

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Who: 95TH BIRTHDAY SHOW Cadillac John w/Bill Abel

Social distance and celebrate Cadillac John Nolden's 95TH BIRTHDAY! (Please no handshakes or hugs. We're trying to keep the old men safe. Thanks.)

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12:45 pm

Monkeys Riding Dogs

Show two of four.

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1:00 pm

"Plow Hand Blues: Revisiting the Mules of Mississippi"

WHO: Marshall Blevins and Charlotte Jones WHAT: "Plow Hand Blues: Revisiting the Mules of Mississippi" WHERE: Meraki Roasting Co. -- 3rd St. and Sunflower Ave., Clarksdale, MS WHEN: Friday, 4/16 -- 1 pm WHY: Two Delta-hoppers by way of the Mississippi River, Marshall Blevins (regionally-renowned outsider artist AKA Church Goin Mule) and Charlotte Jones (history practitioner and Ph.D. candidate) will be hosting an art exhibition and talk titled "Plow Hand Blues: Revisiting the Mules of Mississippi" on Friday, April 16th, at 1 pm at Griot Youth Program/Meraki Roasting Co. This 45-minute presentation will explore the bygone Mississippi mule, from their cultural inspiration in blues, art, and literature to farming misdeeds and mishaps, the Great War, and beyond! Come learn how "the blues was born behind a mule." This event is sponsored by the 1811 Kid Ory Historic House in LaPlace, LA, Chateau Debris, and Griot Youth Program. HOW (to contact): Marshall Blevins -- churchgoinmule.com IG: @churchgoinmule Charlotte Jones -- charlottejones10.com IG/Twitter: @swamp_cheeks

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Where: Meraki Coffee Roasters

Thursday Open Mic is open to all ages, levels of talent and skill. We want everyone to come and share a piece of themselves and their love for blues. Til 5pm
Sunday breakfast with Jax Nasser 10 am to 12pm
Meraki Roasting Company - Freshly Roasted Artisan Coffee roasted in house supporting our youth entrepreneurship program. Come visit our roastery to try our current coffee profiles. Pastries made by local vendors. www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
282 Sunflower Ave Meraki Hours: Monday-Sunday (every day!) 7am to 2 pm

http://www.griotarts.com/meraki

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1:30 pm

FREE "live" blues

Mask up, social distance and enjoy... The torchbearer of the Clarksdale sound: BIG A!

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Where: Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE sidewalk performances! Please tip your musicians, y'all

http://www.cathead.biz

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Who: Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod & Allstars

Anthony “Big A” Sherrod is a young Mississippi bluesman, schooled by a noted blues teacher in the area, “Mr. Johnnie” Billington, who taught not only the music but the value of hard work and knowledge of the culture and history from which Mississippi blues emerged, a world where the musicians worked at very hard, low-paying agricultural jobs.

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3:00 pm

"Daring to Suck: A Songwriting Workshop on How to Be Prolific Over Perfect"

Don't miss "Daring to Suck: A Songwriting Workshop on How to Be Prolific Over Perfect" with singer-songwriter Grace Askew. Limited attendance. First come, first served.

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Where: Meraki Coffee Roasters

Thursday Open Mic is open to all ages, levels of talent and skill. We want everyone to come and share a piece of themselves and their love for blues. Til 5pm
Sunday breakfast with Jax Nasser 10 am to 12pm
Meraki Roasting Company - Freshly Roasted Artisan Coffee roasted in house supporting our youth entrepreneurship program. Come visit our roastery to try our current coffee profiles. Pastries made by local vendors. www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
www.merakiroasting.com www.griotarts.com
282 Sunflower Ave Meraki Hours: Monday-Sunday (every day!) 7am to 2 pm

http://www.griotarts.com/meraki

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Who: 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.

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3:00 pm

FREE "live" blues

Mask up, social distance and enjoy... Sean "Bad" Apple (owner of Bad Apple Blues Club), Peggy "Lady Trucker" Hemphill (cousin to Jesse Mae Hemphill) and King Artemis (Peggy's drumming hubby)!

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Where: Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

FREE sidewalk performances! Please tip your musicians, y'all

http://www.cathead.biz

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Who: Sean 'Bad' Apple w/Lady Trucker

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 Peggy "Lady Trucker" Hemphill join Sean "Bad" Apple!

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3:45 pm

Monkeys Riding Dogs

Show three of four

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5:15 pm

Monkeys Riding Dogs

Final Show of Friday. See Saturday shows.

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6:00 pm

FREE Thacker Mountain Radio Hour

Oxford, Mississippi's THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO "live" stage show returns to Juke Joint Festival with host Jim Dees, the Yallobushwhackers house band. Special guests include Ted Reed ("Blues Trail Revisited"). Blues performers include Miss Gladys, Terry "Big T" Williams & Lee Williams... Peggy "Lady Trucker" Hemphill, Sean "Bad" Apple & King Artemis... and the fabulous Eden Brent!

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Where: Delta Blues Museum Stage

Permanent outdoor stage attached to the world-famous Delta Blues Museum — celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019!

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RELATED MUSIC

(Cover may apply.)

10:00 am

Bill Abel

Bill Abel from Belzoni Mississippi plays the raw gutbucket blues he learned from Paul Jones, T Model Ford, Cadillac John and many other blues legends.

https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Abel-192999535686/

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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12:00 pm

Carson Diersing

Carson is the youngest endorsee with Hohner Harmonicas. Featured on the Hohner Red Dragon Harmonica box. skateboarding with a harmonica in his hand.

https://carsondiersing.com/

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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1:00 pm

Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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1:00 pm

Ghalia Volt

Ghalia is an emerging Blues, R&R singer/songwriter from the city of Brussels, BE. For the last six years, she's been working as a solo artist as well as bandleader of two home-made acts: "Ghalia & The Naphtalines", a high energy boogie, rhythm’n’blues band and her (all-original) project "Voodoo Casino", with whom she recorded her first album in 2016.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwiC0ISOx6jhAhVBY6wKHTj4COAQFjAAegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2

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Where: Willow Botanical + Goods

•Specializing in Living Indoor Planted Arrangements + Artisanal Gifts •Free Local Delivery 662.621.6591 211 Third Street Clarksdale ...https://www.instagram.com › willowbotanicalandgoods and facebook.com

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2:15 pm

Deak Harp

Deak Harp has been playing harmonica since he was 12 years old. His biggest early inspiration came when his brother introduced him to the music of James Cotton. Deak followed Cotton's band along the east coast for close to five years before Cotton offered Deak a job driving his van. For the next six years, Deak toured with the James Cotton blues band, eventually opening acts and playing along with "Superharp" himself.

http://www.deakharp.com

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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3:00 pm

Ray Cashman

Ray Cashman is a blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, who performs mainly solo or as a duo and occasionaly with a electric band. Armed with a National guitar, stomp box and a Fender amp he performs a blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of the Mississippi delta.

http://www.raycashman.net/index/

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Where: The Den

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4:00 pm

Jesse Cotton Stone

Colorado-born, American highway-raised, bluesman.

https://www.cottonstonemusic.com

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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5:00 pm

Gyasi

In the woods of West Virginia, in an isolated hollow, a young boy thought he was a peacock. When he realized, much to his dismay, that he was not a peacock, he picked up a guitar. From then on the sounds of him loudly playing along to the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix could be heard echoing through the hollow. Somehow placed between roaming peacocks, a family of Russian intellectuals, and parents dedicated to living off the land, Gyasi was brought up in an environment that could only be described as unique. It was an isolated world, where life felt like a time capsule of a different era. With a precociously early interest in music, dance, and performance, Gyasi found himself altogether removed from his peers growing up in typical rural West Virginia culture. From his parents he inherited a love of blues, jazz and world music, and silent movies. Through the mentorship of the Russian immigrants next door, he learned about the heroes of the British Invasion, glam rock, and psychedelia.

https://gyasimusic.com/home

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7:00 pm

Frank 'Guitar' Rimmer

Frank Rimmer earned the money for his first guitar at age 11 years old by going to the Cotton Fields, and has been performing since age 14. . He still has the Guitar named Stella to this day. He founded his own Band Called "Exception To The Rule another band called Super Soul Sonic. Which consisted of Big Pete, {City Council} - Friends of Glen Harris. Some of their Big Influences were Earth-Wind & Fire; Motown; Isley Brothers. Frank has played with Magic Slim, and his father, Magic slim, Sr.

https://www.facebook.com/guitarrimmer

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Where: Red's Lounge

Red's Lounge? It's the definition of a real-deal Mississippi juke joint. Don't expect to be spoiled with amenities. All you need is a been-there-done-that owner, some beers as big as your head and some "live" blues you'll never forget. (Oh, and MAYBE something out front on the grill.) This is how blues became blues... how the music grew up out of the cotton fields and onto a round piece of vinyl. Speaking of which, the building itself was called "Levine's Music Center" back in the day, and it's where Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm bought the instruments that played the first rock 'n roll song. Yeah, Red's is the real thing for sure...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reds-Blues-Club/163702543685722

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7:00 pm

Big T Williams

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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7:00 pm

Bill Abel

Bill Abel from Belzoni Mississippi plays the raw gutbucket blues he learned from Paul Jones, T Model Ford, Cadillac John and many other blues legends.

https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Abel-192999535686/

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Where: Levon's Bar & Grill

Steak, Catfish, Burgers Pizza, Pasta

https://www.levons.net/

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7:00 pm

John Ford

https://johnfordblues.com/bio

https://johnfordblues.com/home

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Where: Hooker Grocer + Eatery

Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksdale, MS, deep in the Mississippi Delta, we are a stone’s throw from the Delta Blues Museum, Ground Zero Blues Club, The New Roxy, Red’s Juke Joint, Travelers Hotel, and Hambone Gallery. Hooker Grocer + Eatery is a restaurant and bar serving southern classics with an upscaled casual twist.

https://www.hookergrocer.com

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7:30 pm

Lightnin Malcom CD Release Party

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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8:00 pm

Conrad Olson and Friends

Conrad Olson- Story Teller and Ballad Singer who puts on a very intimate show. He has hosted the Jerry Jeff Walker event in Belize every year.

https://www.reverbnation.com/conradolson9

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Where: Hopson Commissary (main stage)

PLEASE NOTE: Saturday night (April 23, 2022), IF Juke Joint Festival Sat-night Wristbands are NOT sold-out, then limited quantities will be available for purchase only at the 243 Delta Ave JJF HQ building (only till 8:30pm) AND Ground Zero Blues Club, Hambone Gallery and Hopson Commissary (if/while supplies last). Entry to any/all 20+ JJF Sat-night venues requires a festival wristband. No exceptions. Details on Wristband webpage or in program booklet. HOPSON: Home of the old Hopson Plantation and the current Shackup Inn, Hopson Commissary is a combination museum and music venue that has to be seen to be believed. Pinetop Perkins drove a tractor out at Hopson in the 40s, and it was also home to the first mechanical cotton picker.

http://hopsonplantation.com

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9:00 pm

Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection

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.

http://robertkimbroughsr.com/

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9:00 pm

Bruce Brewer and The Deep Water Baptist

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Where: Hopson Commissary (main stage)

PLEASE NOTE: Saturday night (April 23, 2022), IF Juke Joint Festival Sat-night Wristbands are NOT sold-out, then limited quantities will be available for purchase only at the 243 Delta Ave JJF HQ building (only till 8:30pm) AND Ground Zero Blues Club, Hambone Gallery and Hopson Commissary (if/while supplies last). Entry to any/all 20+ JJF Sat-night venues requires a festival wristband. No exceptions. Details on Wristband webpage or in program booklet. HOPSON: Home of the old Hopson Plantation and the current Shackup Inn, Hopson Commissary is a combination museum and music venue that has to be seen to be believed. Pinetop Perkins drove a tractor out at Hopson in the 40s, and it was also home to the first mechanical cotton picker.

http://hopsonplantation.com

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RELATED EVENTS

(Cover may apply.)

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