Saturday April 17, 2021

Multiple stages starting at 10am.

Get your wristbands now!

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

5:00 pm

JJF Pig Races

Located at: JOHN LEE HOOKER LANE

11:00 am
Show 1
THREE races per show.
12:00 pm
Show 2
THREE races per show.
1:00 pm
Show 3
THREE races per show.
2:00 pm
Show 4
THREE races per show.
3:00 pm
Show 5
THREE races per show.
4:00 pm
Show 6
THREE races per show.

JJF EVENTS

9:30 am

Regions Bank JJFest Parade

Bring the kids, your favorite instrument or dress the part...and let's kick off the festival Delta style. 2021 Juke Joint Bride and Groom Anne Marie Pepper and Michael Rhodes, Juke Joint King Bryson Walls and Queen Piper Fondren and Juke Joint Twins Jack Fondren and Colt Fondren and Juke Joint Baby James Nelson.

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Where: Regions Bank Juke Joint Festival Parade

Starting from Regions Bank 211 East Second Street and traveling around downtown Clarksdale.

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10:00 am

JJFest Student Art & Writing Show

Writing theme for 2021 is A Celebration of Connection. Web address for submissions: tinyurl.com/JJFWriting2021 Open til 5 pm. Exhibiting works from local elementary, junior high, high school and college students. Due to the pandemic, special health protocols will be in effect. For everyone’s safety, compliance officers will monitor the number of people in the exhibit area. Also, properly-worn masks and social distancing required at all times. (Free paper masks available.) Temperature checks and hand sanitizing required at the door. We appreciate your cooperation.

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Where: Third St. & Sunflower Ave.

Visit our new exhibitor space for our creative students art and writing exhibit. Located at the corner of Third Street and Sunflower Avenue. (2 Third Street)

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10:00 am

Student Art & Writing Awards Presentation

Meet, greet and chat with some of our students as they receive their awards. Due to the pandemic, special health protocols will be in effect. For everyone’s safety, compliance officers will monitor the number of people in the exhibit area. Also, properly-worn masks and social distancing required at all times. (Free paper masks available.) Temperature checks and hand sanitizing required at the door. We appreciate your cooperation.

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Where: Third St. & Sunflower Ave.

Visit our new exhibitor space for our creative students art and writing exhibit. Located at the corner of Third Street and Sunflower Avenue. (2 Third Street)

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10:00 am

Juke Joint Festival Merchandise Sales

Festival shirt, hats and other festival 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

Wristband VALID ONLY Saturday, April 18, 2020, for Juke Joint Festival's Official Nighttime Music. On sale ALL DAY Saturday and at select venue doors at night (subject to change): The Bank, Club 2000, Ground Zero Blues Club, Hopson Commissary and Pete's Grill PLUS JJFest Headquarters (243 Delta Ave.) on Saturday Night. PLEASE NOTE: 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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10:45 am

JJFEST Monkeys Riding Dogs

Show 1 of 4. Pontatoc, Mississippi Ghost Riders. A must see for the whole family!

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11:00 am

JJFEST Racing Pigs

FREE: Show 1 of 6

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12:00 pm

JJFEST Racing Pigs

Free: Show 2 of 6

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12:45 pm

JJFEST Monkeys Riding Dogs

FREE: Show 2 of 4. Pontatoc, Mississippi Ghost Riders. A must see for the whole family!

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1:00 pm

JJFEST Racing Pigs

Free: Show 3 of 6.

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2:00 pm

JJFEST Racing Pigs

Free: Show 4 of 6.

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2:00 pm

JJFest History Walking Tours with Robert Birdsong

"History Walking Tours with Robert Birdsong" outside Yazoo Pass. JJFest wristband required. Limited attendance.

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Where: Yazoo Pass Espresso Bistro & Bakery

A cup of coffee with class. In downtown Clarksdale, MS enjoy a cup of coffee and a fresh baked pastry while relaxing in the cozy atmosphere of Yazoo Pass. The espresso bar and bistro serves up fresh ingredients at this welcoming breakfast and lunch spot. The warm colors and clean aesthetic provide a classy location for a breakfast meeting, lunch group, or coffee chat session in the booths, couch area, or at the community table- or stay a while and enjoy the complimentary wireless internet.

http://yazoopass.com

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3:00 pm

JJFEST Racing Pigs

Free: Show 5 of 6.

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3:45 pm

JJFEST Monkeys Riding Dogs

FREE: Show 3 of 4. Pontatoc, Mississippi Ghost Riders. A must see for the whole family!

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4:00 pm

JJFEST Racing Pigs

Free: FINAL SHOW

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4:00 pm

JJFest History Walking Tours with Robert Birdsong

LAST TOUR: "History Walking Tours with Robert Birdsong" outside Yazoo Pass. JJFest wristband required. Limited attendance.

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Where: Yazoo Pass Espresso Bistro & Bakery

A cup of coffee with class. In downtown Clarksdale, MS enjoy a cup of coffee and a fresh baked pastry while relaxing in the cozy atmosphere of Yazoo Pass. The espresso bar and bistro serves up fresh ingredients at this welcoming breakfast and lunch spot. The warm colors and clean aesthetic provide a classy location for a breakfast meeting, lunch group, or coffee chat session in the booths, couch area, or at the community table- or stay a while and enjoy the complimentary wireless internet.

http://yazoopass.com

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5:00 pm

JJFEST Monkeys Riding Dogs

FREE: FINAL SHOW Pontatoc, Mississippi Ghost Riders. A must see for the whole family!

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RELATED MUSIC

(Cover may apply.)

9:00 am

Breakfast Blues w/Lucious Spiller

Lucious Spiller was born in St.Louis, MO. At an early age, he discovered that God had blessed him with a special

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

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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

Steve Kolbus and Mark Miller

was encouraged to learn and play an instrument by some of my great blues heros; Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bob Stroger, and Hubert Sumlin; so I learned to play the harmonica. They introduced me to Little Arthur Duncan who was one of the great Chicago harmonica men who helped define the west side Chicago sound back in the 1950s and 60s.

https://www.facebook.com/stevekolbusandtheclarksdalebluesrevueband/

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Where: Levon's Bar & Grill

Steak, Catfish, Burgers Pizza, Pasta

https://www.levons.net/

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12:00 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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2:00 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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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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2:00 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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3:30 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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4:00 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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4:00 pm

Heavy Suga

Heather has been singing for 32 years, playing bass for 19 years & knows exactly what makes her spirit dance…BLUES & old SOUL music! Heather was born in Louisiana where she began singing in her childhood. In her early twenty’s, she lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she cut her teeth playing bass for Detroit/Arkansas Bluesman, St. Thomas Jenkins. After his passing, Heather polished her musical chops by playing in several bands in AR. for many years. She then branched out playing in MS. Blues bands Super Chikan & The Fighting Cocks, Stan Street and the Hambone Band, and Big T & The Family which eventually led her to take up residence in Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the world famous “Blues Crossroads,” the place she currently calls home. Although Heather spent several years backing her Blues mentors, she has also fronted her own Soul Blues band, Heavy Suga’ & The SweeTones, for 9 years.

http://www.heathercrosse.com

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

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. GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB: Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, Bill Luckett, Howard Stovall and Eric Meier, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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4:15 pm

Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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5:30 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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7:00 pm

Jesse Cotton Stone

Colorado-born, American highway-raised, bluesman.

https://www.cottonstonemusic.com

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

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. GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB: Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, Bill Luckett, Howard Stovall and Eric Meier, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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RELATED EVENTS

(Cover may apply.)

10:00 am

Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum

Open 1pm - 4 pm Admission is a donation of any amount Address: 106 Sharkey Ave, near First Street Website: www.tennesseewilliamsrectorymuseum.com

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Where: Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum

Dedicated to the seminal Mississippi Delta history of one of America's greatest playwrights.

https://tennesseewilliamsrectorymuseum.com

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Where: Bluesberry Cafe

Blues Berry Cafe 1st place winners 2007 Jubliee BBQ Cook Off Past Performers: Malted Milk Band, Lala , Incode, Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks, Heavy Suga, Razor Blade, Shake it Like A Caveman, The Blind Ducks, Jeff Lewis, and many more. Good Food, Good Music, Good Drinks, = Good Times

https://www.facebook.com/Bluesberry-CAFE-245591678792724/

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2:00 pm

Tours Cutrer Mansion

The Cutrer Mansion, located at 109 Clark Street in Clarksdale's historic district, will be open for tours on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. We are offering guided tours at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM each day. This Italian style villa was completed in 1916. Named Belvoir by the Cutrer family, this home and the family who lived there inspired character names and settings in several works by celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams. For more information, call the Cutrer office at 662-621-9344 or contact Jen Waller at 662-645-3555 or jenwaller05@gmail.com.

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Where: Cutrer Mansion

The mansion was built in 1916 by Memphis architect Bayard Cairnes for Clarksdale attorney J.W. Cutrer and his wife Blanche Clark Cutrer, daughter of Clarksdale’s founder, John Clark. The dapper Jack Cutrer was very flamboyant and equally famous for his legendary parties and fiery politics. Not to be outdone, Blanche often threw extravagant yard parties and opulent masked balls, usually to the accompaniment of a full orchestra or swing band. Such events often attracted a young Tom Williams, who later became the celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams, to the Cutrer home as a child. Williams most likely came to the Cutrer Mansion on parish calls with his beloved grandfather, Rev. Walter Dakin. The Cutrers and their home, which they called Belvoir, inspired character names and settings in several of Tennessee Williams’ plays including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Orpheus Descending and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

https://www.cutrermansion.com

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3:00 pm

Tours Cutrer Mansion

The Cutrer Mansion, located at 109 Clark Street in Clarksdale's historic district, will be open for tours on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. We are offering guided tours at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM each day. This Italian style villa was completed in 1916. Named Belvoir by the Cutrer family, this home and the family who lived there inspired character names and settings in several works by celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams. For more information, call the Cutrer office at 662-621-9344 or contact Jen Waller at 662-645-3555 or jenwaller05@gmail.com.

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Where: Cutrer Mansion

The mansion was built in 1916 by Memphis architect Bayard Cairnes for Clarksdale attorney J.W. Cutrer and his wife Blanche Clark Cutrer, daughter of Clarksdale’s founder, John Clark. The dapper Jack Cutrer was very flamboyant and equally famous for his legendary parties and fiery politics. Not to be outdone, Blanche often threw extravagant yard parties and opulent masked balls, usually to the accompaniment of a full orchestra or swing band. Such events often attracted a young Tom Williams, who later became the celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams, to the Cutrer home as a child. Williams most likely came to the Cutrer Mansion on parish calls with his beloved grandfather, Rev. Walter Dakin. The Cutrers and their home, which they called Belvoir, inspired character names and settings in several of Tennessee Williams’ plays including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Orpheus Descending and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

https://www.cutrermansion.com

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