Highway 61 Radio

October 5, 2010


Filed under: — Scott Barretta @ 5:19 pm

WEEKLY EVENTS (scroll down for detailed calendar)


Bay St. Louis –  The 100 Man DBA Hall is a historic venue that was recently remodeled and which hosts occasional shows.

Clarksdale – the Ground Zero Blues Club and Red’s juke joint are the most dependable places to see live blues on the weekends, but a number of other places offer live music as well. For detailed information about events in Clarksdale visit the website for Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, which proprietor Roger Stolle keeps nicely updated. There are also often special events at the Hopson Commissary and the Shack Up Inn‘s Juke Joint Chapel, both located on the Hopson Plantation on Hwy. 49 just outside of town. Other venues are the Hambone Art Gallery (live music every Tuesday, 8-11pm), the Bluesberry Cafe (live music on Mondays), the Delta Blues Room (220 Sunflower Ave.), and Rust restaurant (live music Thursdays, also often on weekends). Theo Dasbach’s Rock’n'Roll Museum also hosts events occasionally. And make sure you visit the Delta Blues Museum, which recently doubled its exhibit space.

Cleveland - The Airport Grocery, located north of town on Highway 61 often features local blues artists. Hey Joe’s seems to feature mostly indie rock bands, but occasionally has local blues.

Columbus –  New! 12 Bar Lounge – live music featured Friday and Saturday

Grenada/CoffeevilleNew! B&E Bar and Grill – located at the Highway 7 exit of I-55 (Exit 211) about seven miles north of Grenada on the west side of the highway before you get to Hwy 51. On Thursday nights Greenwood radio station WGNL hosts shows by leading Southern Soul artists including Ms. Jody, Mel Waiters, etc. The shows generally start around 7:30pm and cost about $10. For info call WGNL – # 662-453-1646

GulfportThe Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint, live blues/roots music on Friday and Saturday nights; Murky Waters Blues ‘n’ BBQ, newly opened in 2013; the soul/blues spot is the Turning Point Lounge

Hattiesburg -  Benny’s Boom Boom Room also frequently books blues/roots, as does the Thirsty Hippo.

Holly Springs – members of the Burnside and Kimbrough families often put on shows at various venues around the area on the weekend. Worth looking into.

Indianola – The Blue Biscuit offers live music regularly, and also rents out bungalows. The 308 Blues Club & Cafe also offers live music, as does the historic Club Ebony on special occasions. Da’ House of Khafre is a cultural center that has musical events. The BB King Museum also presents concerts occasionally — there’s a lot of activity in town in when the B.B. King Homecoming is held.

Jackson – On Mondays the Central Mississippi Blues Society hosts a jam at Hal and Mal’s – the society’s house band includes many of the leading blues musicians in Jackson.The best place to find out about what’s going on in the Capital City is the music listings page of the Jackson Free Press; here is their venue listings. Local blues artists include Jesse Robinson, Stevie J., Grady Champion, Jarekus Singleton, Eddie Cotton, Jr,. Pat Brown, Norman Clark, the House Rockers, Jesse “Guitar” Smith, and Chris Gill. Clubs that regularly feature blues include Underground 119, which features a wide range of music, F. Jones Corner on Farish Street, where music usually starts around midnight on weekends, and the Queen of Hearts, a traditional juke joint where Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood plays most Saturday nights. Other venues include Burgers and Blues and Lumpkins BBQ, and the two area locations (Ridgeland and the Reservoir) of Soulshine Pizza. Duling Hall in the Fondren district frequently hosts national rock, country, and roots artists – a listing of these shows can be found here)

Leland - Vince’s Restaurant often has live entertainment. Visit the Highway 61 Blues Museum while in town – bluesman Pat Thomas often hangs out there.

Natchez - The 600 Franklin Street Piano Bar in the basement of the Natchez Manor hotel hosts the Vintage Jazz Orchestra on Friday nights, and on Saturdays features mostly out-of-town blues acts, largely from Jackson. These have included King Edward, Ben Payton, Grady Champion, and Val McKnight.

Ocean Springs The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint, live blues/roots music on Saturday nights. Schedule on website.

Oxford – Rooster’s Blues House on the Square features blues several times a week, including national acts, but doesn’t actively publicize the shows.  Proud Larry’sTwo Stick, Snackbar (Wednesdays), Soulshine Pizza Factory, Irie, the Blind Pig, and Ajax often feature blues/roots music. The Lyric Theater books national acts, but occasionally features bigger roots music acts such as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Robert Randolph. For listings check out Daniel Morrow’s Oxford Music Snob blog and the website for the free biweekly the Local Voice. The Martin Center is a new venue south of town that features soul/blues shows, with visits by Bobby Rush and TK Soul. It’s located @ 75 A County Road 321 (aka Pea Ridge Road, where the restaurant the Ravine is located); contact Vic Martin 662-801-8186

The Lamar Lounge, located on North Lamar a couple miles north of the Square. It often features happy hour shows (6:30 – 8:30) with blues by artists including Jake Fussell and Kenny Brown, and also has deejay nights featuring vintage blues, soul, etc.–disclaimer: I occasionally get free beers and a burger for doing this!

Thacker Mountain Radio takes place on Thursday during the Spring and Fall (6-7pm, held at either Off Square Books or the Lyric Theater) and often books top notch musicians. On Sunday nights you should visit the traditional catfish restaurant Taylor Grocery, located about ten miles south of town. Open Thursday through Sunday, the restaurant features live music each night by artists including local Jimbo Mathus. Oxford now features a great new and used record store — The End of All Music, which carries a good selection of blues LPs and soul 45s, plus all of Fat Possum Records’ product. It’s located a couple miles north of the Square on North Lamar, across from the NAPA auto parts store.

North of Oxford on 7, just over the Marshall County line at the intersection of 7 and 310, is the Betty Davis Ponderosa, which features blues Sunday nights from ca. 5-10pm during the warmer months (April to October?) — it’s also the new home of the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic.  It’s run by the same folks who run the Betty Davis Grocery/BBQ, which is just south of this. You can probably find out about performances by calling them at (662) 252 -7144;   Several miles up the road is the Foxfire Ranch (listed below under Waterford), which also features blues on Sunday nights. When it rains it pours!

PhiladelphiaNew! 424 Blues Cafe

Tupelo - The Blue Canoe books a wide variety of blues/roots acts from the region, including Duwayne Burnside, Kenny Brown,  Jimbo Mathus, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Shannon McNally

Vicksburg - The Central Mississippi Blues Society hosts a jam at LD’s Kitchen @ 1111 Mulberry Street [(601) 636-9838] on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The band is generally the same core band at the Monday night blues jam in Jackson.  The Ameristar Casino’s Bottleneck Blues Bar often hosts blues shows arranged by the Vicksburg Blues Society, most recently early on Friday evenings. The Rainbow Hotel Casino has blues, including King Edward, occasionally;

Waterford (between Oxford and Holly Springs) - Foxfire Ranch on Sunday nights. This rurally-located venue is  located off Highway 7 features live blues every Sunday night. The main venue is an open-sided structure, but they’ve recently added an enclosed room for when the weather is too cold. They also serve great downhome food. Music starts early, around 5pm.  Open April through October.


The best music calendar is in the free weekly the Memphis Flyer, where you can find listings for Beale Street and clubs including the various Huey’s restaurants, which offer free music (often blues) on Sunday nights; here’s the schedule for all six locations. The Levitt Shell, the vintage outdoor amphitheater in Overton Park, features free concert series in the Spring and Fall, and there’s pretty regular shows at the Center For Southern Folklore, which has nice exhibits on local musical culture. Be sure to visit Goner Records and Shangri-La Records, where you can pick up the guide to funky Memphis, Creature Comforts.

Those looking for more downhome sounds might want to visit the juke joint Wild Bill’s, located north of Midtown at 1580 Vollintine Ave, (901) 726-5473. Current soul-blues venues include the Club Lime Lite, 3987 Thomas. If you want to visit the more out of the way sites for soul blues, consider booking a tour with Tad Pierson at American Dream Safari, and travel in style.


Helena - Home of the great King Biscuit Blues Festival, which takes place in October right up against the levee. You can watch the King Biscuit Time radio program every weekday with veteran deejay Sonny Payne, 12:15 p.m.- 12:45 p.m., at the Delta Cultural Center, 141 Cherry Street Helena-West Helena. Other events are listed on the Center’s website.

Little Rock - White Water Tavern regularly books blues, roots groups; Juanita’s occasionally features blues


MobileBlues Tavern – multiple nights of music each week; The Shed – music on Fridays

Silverhill - The Frog Pond at the Blue Moon Farm – shows on an outdoor stage scheduled regularly from September to April, blues artists, songwriters


There’s a good list of Louisiana’s many music festivals here.

Baton RougeClarence’s Baton Rouge Cajun and Zydeco Schedule is a great resource; Phil Brady’s has a blues jam on Thursdays and regularly features local blues;

LafayetteClarence’s Lafayette Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Music Schedule is just that; the Blue Moon Saloon and Guesthouse is one of my favorite venues

New Orleans – for very extensive and updated club listings visit the websites for my favorite radio station, WWOZ, and  Offbeat magazine. There’s too many to list, but clubs that often feature blues/roots music in New Orleans include DBA, Chickie Wah Wah, Tipitina’s, Le Bon Temps Roule, the Rock’n'Bowl (Mid City Lanes), and the Maple Leaf. Record shoppers will want to stop in at the Louisiana Music Factory and Euclid Records, whose staff members know a lot about the local scene. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (link to calendar) hosts a great early evening event on Thursdays, “Ogden After Hours,” which often features blues musicians, who perform and are interviewed.

Zachary (just north of Baton Rouge) – Teddy’s Juke Joint, a great rural roadhouse

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE REGION (Mississippi, Memphis, Arkansas, New Orleans mostly)

For detailed club listings in the Delta please visit Roger Stolle’s Cathead.biz music listings; for the Jackson area there are detailed listings in the Jackson Free Press.

May 2013

1 – Dick Dale, Minglewood Hall, Memphis

2-5 - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – second weekend

3-5 – Beale Street Music Festival (part of Memphis in May), Tom Lee Park, Memphis; (only blues-related acts listed) The Black Keys, ZZ Top, Gary Clark Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Mavis Staples, Gov’t Mule, Charles Bradley, Coco Montoya, Louise Hoffsten, Sonny Burgess, Zac Harmon, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Heritage Blues Orchestra, James Super Chikan Johnson, Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition, Kenny Brown, Brandon Bailey, Markus James & Kinney Kimbrough, Barbara Blue, Brad Webb, Blind Mississippi Morris

3 – James McMurty, Duling Hall, Jackson

3 - Billy Smiley - Music on the Lawn” series at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, 6 – 8pm. Bring chairs, food and drinks - free

3-4 – River to the Rails, Greenwood – Jimbo Mathus on Friday May 3

4 - Bobby Rush, Cinco de Mayo Festival, Jackson

4 – Aaron Neville, IP Casino, Resort & Spa, Biloxi

4, 5 – Swamp Boogie Blues Fest, Hancock County Multi-Purpose Arena, Kiln, MS

7 – Blues Music Awards, Cook Convention Center, Memphis

9 – Blues Brothers Revue, MSU-Riley Center, Meridian

10 - Bill Abel - Music on the Lawn” series at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, 6-8pm. Bring chairs, food and drinks - free

10 – T.K. Soul, City Auditorium, Vicksburg

11 – Clay Swafford – Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale.  Debut CD release party for a young Alabama pianist who was mentored by Pinetop Perkins. With special guests including Bob Margolin, Bob Stroger, Bob Corritore, Diunna Greenleaf, Lee Williams, Gina Sicilia, Dave Gross.

11 – Clarksdale Caravan Blues Festival, Rock and Blues Museum, Clarksdale

11- T.K. Soul, Expo Center, Clarksdale

11 – 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Blues Show, Coahoma County Expo Center, Clarksdale; 7pm with T.K. Soul, King Fred, Equanya, Mr. Sam and Latoya Bright

12 – 26th Mother’s Day Blues Festival, Laurel Fairgrounds, Laurel. Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, Bigg Robb, Nathaniel Kimble, Rue Davis, Jaye Hammer, Ms. Jody, Avail Hollywood.

12 – Mel Waiters, Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson

17 - Alphonso Sanders - Music on the Lawn” series at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, 6-8pm. Bring chairs, food and drinks - free

17 - Jimmie Rodgers Symposium (info TBA) in Meridian as part of the annual celebration of the city’s music pioneer; that evening the beautiful MSU-Riley Center will feature Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers

17-19 - Hangout Festival, Gulf Shores, AL; Stevie Wonder, Anders Osborne, Gov’t Mule, The Roots, Galactic, Toots and the Maytals,

18 - 13th Annual Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Fest, (lineup TBA), outdoor stage at levee, Helena, Arkansas

21-25 –  Jon Gindick’s Harmonica Jam Camp, Clarksdale

24 – Russell Baxter Band - Music on the Lawn” series at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, 6-8pm. Bring chairs, food and drinks - free

24 – 26 – Bay Harbor Fest, Bay St. Louis, MS – Deacon John, Kermit Ruffins, Sunpie and the Louisiana Hotspots, George Porter, Alabama Slim w/ Little Freddie King, Pat Murphy, Mem Shannon, more

25 – Z.Z. Top, IP Hotel and Casino Resort Spa, Biloxi MS,  8:00 pm

31 -Yellow Dog Junction - Music on the Lawn” series at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, 6-8pm. Bring chairs, food and drinks – free

? - Soul Survivors Festival, Ferriday, LA

June 2013

1 – Buddy Guy, IP Casino, Resort & Spa, Biloxi  8:00 pm
1 – Keb’ Mo’MSU-Riley Center

1 – Blue Biscuit Festival, Blue Biscuit, Indianola. 12 bands for free noon until dusk, $10 cover at night

1 – Freedom Creek Festival, Aliceville, AL

1,2 – Inaugural Pass Christian BBQ and Blues Festival, Pass Christian, MS

6 – Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Levitt Shell, Memphis – free

6-9 – Chicago Blues Festival — featuring a Mississippi Juke Joint stage, sponsored by the Mississippi Division of Tourism. I’ll be on a panel about the Blues Trail, together with Jim O’Neal and Alex Thomas, on Friday the 7th

8 – Bobby Rush, Helena, Arkansas

8-9 – Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, U.S. Mint, New Orleans – free

12-13 – Pinetop Perkins Foundation MasterClass Workshops, Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale

13-16 – Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, Eureka Springs, AR – Chicago Blues Revue w/ John Primer, Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn, Kenny Smith & Barrelhouse Chuck, Cedric Burnside, Nighthawks, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges

15 – Bentonia Blues Festival, Bentonia, MS

15 – Bobby Rush, Thunder on the Water Festival, Grenada, MS

22 – Billy Joe Shaver, Duling Hall, Jackson

28 – Guitar workshop - prior to North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic - featuring Kenny Brown, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Garry Burnside, and DuWayne Burnside,

28, 29 – North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic - @ the Betty Davis Ponderosa, south Marshall County, near Lafayette County line off of Highway 7

30 – T.K. Soul, National Guard Armory, Drew, MS

July 2013

3 – B.B. King Homecoming, Indianola, MS

5,6 – Southside/Townsend Park Blues Festival, Columbus, MS ; info 662-386-6923

6 - Bobby Rush & Bobby Blue Bland, IP Casino, Resort & Spa, Biloxi

13Grassroots Blues Festival, Duck Hill, MS  (usually second Saturday in July)

18-20Oxford Blues Festival, Oxford, MS – Johnny Winter, Big George Brock, Elmo Williams, Lil’ Poochie, Hezekiah Early, Adam Gussow, Reba Russell, Anthony “Big A” Sherrod

19 – Buddy Guy, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ruthie Foster, Shakura S’Aida - Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, pre-festival concert for Mississippi Rhythm and Blues Festival

19-28 – W.C. Handy Music Festival, Florence, AL

27 – Summer Festival at Otha’s Place – with Sharde Thomas, David Evans, R.L. Boyce, Blue Mother Tupelo, John Lowe and more

August 2013

1-3 – Jus’ Blues Music Awards Conference, Memphis;  Thurs. Awards ceremony, Fri. conference and workshops, Juke Joint Concert, Saturday “Heritage and Legacy Ball”

9-11 – Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, Clarksdale, MS

11 – Cat Head Mini Blues Festival, Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, Clarksdale – ca. 9am to 2pm, free event featuring traditional blues

16-17 – Mississippi Rhythm and Blues Festival, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, Jackson – Bobby Rush, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, Dorothy Moore, Bettye Lavette, Mud Morganfield, Tab Benoit, Barbara Carr, Denise LaSalle, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Kenny Brown, Ben Payton, Mark “Muleman” Massey, Jarekus Singleton Band, Dexter Allen, Vasti Jackson, Eden Brent, D’Mar & Gill, Grady Champion, Zac Harmon, more

30 - Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, West Point – Mark “Muleman” Massey with Billy Earhart, Ben Prestage, Homemade Jamz, Bryan Lee

September 2013

1-2 – Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, downtown Memphis in and around the Center for Southern Culture – free

7 (tentative date) – 22nd Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival, Pascagoula, MS

13-15 (tentative date) – Bay BridgeFest, Bay St. Louis

21 - 36th Annual Delta Blues Festival, Greenville, MS

21 (tentative date) – Shedhead Blues Festival, The Shed, Ocean Springs, MS

24-28 - Jon Gindick’s Harmonica Jam Camp, Clarksdale

28 – Gateway to the Delta Festival, Charleston, MS

? – Wing Dang Doodle Festival, Gaddis Park, Forest, MS

October 2013

3-5 – Ponderosa Stomp, Rock’N'Bowl, New Orleans

5 – Highway 61 Blues Festival, Leland, MS

6 – Holly Ridge jam, Holly Ridge, MS (many of same performers from Highway 61 Festival, at site of Charley Patton’s grave)

10-12 – King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, Arkansas

11-13 – Festival Acadiens et Creoles, Lafayette, LA

13 - Cat Head Mini Blues FestivalCat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, Clarksdale – ca. 9am to 2pm, free event featuring traditional blues

13 – Pinetop Perkins Annual Homecoming Celebration, Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale

18, 19 – Bukka White Festival, Aberdeen, MS

18-20 – New Orleans Blues and BBQ Festival – Lafayette Square, free

25-26, Blackpot Festival and Cookoff, Acadien Village, Lafayette, LA

30 – Nov. 3 – Hambone Blues Festival, Clarksdale

?  - Mississippi Blues Fest, Greenwood, MS

? – Tommy Johnson Blues Festival, Jackson area

? – Sam Chatmon Blues and Barbecue Festival, Hollandale, MS

November 2013

1-3 – Hambone Blues Festival – see above

9-10 – Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans, free

13-16 – Sun and Sand Festival, Gulfport/Biloxi/Ocean Springs


March 2013

2 – Mississippi Blues Fest, Greenwood, MS

8 – Big Easy Blues Festival, UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans - Bobby Womack, Denise Lasalle, Lacee, Latimore, Lebrado, Mel Waiters, TK Soul

15 – Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, Red’s, Clarksdale

15, 16 – David Dunavent and Evol Love - Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg – Vicksburg Blues Society arranged event

16 – Alabama Shakes, Duling Hall, Jackson

17 – Keith and Margie12 Bar Lounge, Columbus, MS

16 – Tri-State Cowboy Mardi Gras, Grant’s Down, 2900 Forest Ext., Jackson; Kenne’ Wayne, Bonnie D, T-Baby, Dan’el, more. Showtime 9pm, tickets $10. For info call Shun at 769-798-9412

17 - Oxford Music Festival, Taylor, Mississippi – featuring blues group Eric Deaton Trio

18 – Charles Lloyd Sky Trio, 7:30pm McCallum Ballroom, Rhodes College, Memphis

21 – Ray Wylie Hubbard, w Shannon McNally, Proud Larry’s, Oxford

22 - Jimmy “Duck” Holmes12 Bar Lounge, Columbus, MS

23 – Terry “Harmonica” Bean12 Bar Lounge, Columbus, MS

22, 23 – Grady Champion (IBC Winner 2010) - Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg - Vicksburg Blues Society arranged event

23, 24 – Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans

24 – Zoo Blues, Jackson Zoo, Jackson; Willie Clayton, Floyd Taylor, T.K. Soul, Miss Jody, Cupid, Katina Jefferson, Dave Mac with Big Yeyo. Gates Open 2pm, show at 4pm

26-30 – Jon Gindick’s Harmonica Jam Camp, Clarksdale

29 – Mark “Muleman” Massey & Billy Earhart12 Bar Lounge, Columbus, MS

29 – Eric Deaton Trio, Blue Canoe, Tupelo

29 – T.K. Soul, River Resort, Rosedale

30 – Lightnin’ Malcolm12 Bar Lounge, Columbus, MS

29, 30 – Benny Turner and Real Blues - Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg - Vicksburg Blues Society arranged event

30 – Southern Miss Jazz & Blues Festival, Long Beach, MS

30 – The Kings of Memphis, Club Lime Lite, 3987 Thomas, Memphis – Willie Covington, King Ellis, Chris J, Stacey Marino, with John Williams and the A440 Band, info 901-791-8823 or 901-289-4157

31 – Easter Blues Festival, Grant’s Down, 2900 Forest Ave., Jackson – Tre Williams, Lamorris Williams, OB Buchana, Lebrado, Adrena; 3pm show, info 601-278-4315

April 2013

3, 4 – Music of the South Conference, University of Mississippi

3 – Valerie June concert, Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center, Oxford (see above)

4 – Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium (TBA), Old U.S. Mint, New Orleans

4 – North Mississippi Allstars, Proud Larry’s, Oxford

4 – Mel Waiters, WGNL Juke Joint Thursday @ B&E Bar and Grill, Grenada (see directions above)

5 – Mickey Rogers and the Soul Blues Band - debut of “Music on the Lawn” series at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, 6-8pm. Bring chairs, food and drinks – free.  Shows to be held every Friday in April and May

5 – Southern Soul Spring Bling, Richwood Park, Richwood, LA (near Monroe) – Sir Charles Jones, David Brinston, Bobbye “Doll” Johnson, JT Hooker Taylor, Ghetto Cowboy, more; starts at 3pm,

5 – Bayou Blues Festival, Baton Rouge River Center Arena, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Mel Waiters, T.k. Soul, Floyd Taylor, Lacee

5,6 – 11th Annual Blues in the Natural State Blues Festival, Fayetteville, Arkansas. John Lee Hooker, Jr., James “Super Chikan” Johnson, Mark “Muleman” Massey with Billy Earhart, Earnest “Guitar” Roy, Ray Bonneville, R.J. Mischo,

5, 6 -T-Bois Blues Festival, Larose, LA – Alvin Youngblood Hart, Eric Lindell, Anders Osborne, Nick Moss, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Honey Island Swamp Band, more

6 – Spring Fling, Mobile, AL – Willie Clayton, Vick Allen, Jeff Floyd, more

6 - Stella’s Blues and BBQ Festival, Bay St. Louis – Grady Champion, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., Phil “Smooth” Williams

7 – Duwayne Burnside, Foxfire Ranch, Waterford, MS

11-14 – The Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale is officially on Saturday the 13th, but events begin already on Thursday (and you’ll likely find more live music than usual on Wednesday). Full listings at the link.

11 - “Delta Blues Museum” Mississippi Blue Trail marker unveiling, Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, 5pm. Will feature Delta Blues Museum Band.

13 - Juke Joint Festival evening juke crawl,  free shows during the day, wristband event in the evening

14 - Cat Head Mini Blues FestivalCat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, Clarksdale — free event, 10am to 4pm with traditional blues acts

11-14 – French Quarter Festival, New Orleans

12 – Southern Halo - Music on the Lawn” series at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, 6-8pm. Bring chairs, food and drinks - free

12 - George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ PardnersProud Larry’s, Oxford — part of 20th anniversary celebration

12 – Aaron Neville, MSU-Riley Center, Meridian

12 – Lightnin’ Malcolm, Blue Canoe, Tupelo

12 – T.K. Soul, Fitzgeralds Casino, Tunica

13 – Deep Delta Festival, Rolling Fork, MS – music 11am until 4pm, including King Edward, Billy Smiley, Mr. Sipp and Kin Folk

13 – Overton Square Memphis Crawfish Festival, Memphis; Noon till six, Mighty Souls Brass Band, Lightnin’ Malcolm w Stud

13 – “Call Before Demo” documentary – debut screening of  film  about the restoration of the historic 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis; at the 100 Men Hall

13 – Hattiesburg Southern Soul & Blues Megafest, Hub City Dragway, Hattiesburg – T.K. Soul, Theo Huff, Terry Wright, O.B. Buchana, LJ Echols, Andre Lee, Avail Hollywood, Bobbye Doll Johnson, Karen Wolfe, Lamorris Williams. Show starts at 2pm, $25 advance, $35 gate. For info call Mystery South Productions at 601-310-7232

13 – Baton Rouge Blues Festival – Bobby Rush, Robert Randolph, Henry Gray, LaVelle White, CC Adcock, Blind Boy Paxton, Bryan Lee, Rudy Richard

14 - Davide HouseFoxfire Ranch, Waterford, MS

18-21 - EMP (Experience Music Project) POP Conference, Tulane University, New Orleans –  Due South: Roots, Songlines, Musical Geographies

19 - Sean “Bad” Apple - Music on the Lawn” series at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, 6-8pm. Bring chairs, food and drinks - free

19 – American Routes 15th Anniversary concert, Rock’n'Bowl, New Orleans - w/ Irma Thomas, Robert Parker, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, Lost Bayo Ramblers, Treme Brass Band

19 – Boz ScaggsMSU-Riley Center, Meridian

21 -  Robert KimbroughFoxfire Ranch, Waterford, MS

24-28 – Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette – Oliver Mtukudzi, Faoumata Diawara, the Wailers, Trombone Shorty, Charles Bradley, Cedric Watson, Little Nathan, many more

25 – Jazz and Heritage Gala, featuring the Rebirth Brass Band and the Dirty Dozen, New Orleans (TBA)

26 – Mark “Muleman” Massey - Music on the Lawn” series at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, 6-8pm. Bring chairs, food and drinks - free

26 – John Paul Keith & the 1, 4, 5s – Blue Canoe, Tupelo

26 – Robert Gordon talk on Muddy Waters, Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, 4pm. Gordon is author the Muddy Waters biography Can’t Be Satisfied, which he’ll be signing after the talk

26, 27 – Double Decker Arts Festival, Oxford, free:  Friday – Thacker Mountain Radio, Eric Deaton Trio, Blue Mountain; Saturday – Drive By Truckers, Shannon McNally, the Stooges Brass Band, Lee Fields and the Expressions, others

26 – 28 – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – first weekend

27 – North Mississippi Soul & Blues Jam, BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo; Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, Sir Theodis Ealey and Omar Cunningham. Tickets: Arena box office or Ticketmaster

27 – 2nd Annual Spring Fling Blues Fest, Hwy 86, East of Holly Grove, AR – Ms. Jody, Billy Jones Band, Sweet Angel, Willie P – Show begins at 2pm, $20/$30 at door. For info call Willie P at 870-638-0187

27 - Stax to the Max - Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis

28 -  Lightnin’ MalcolmFoxfire Ranch, Waterford, MS

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