This page is associated with the Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio show Highway 61, hosted by Scott Barretta, and airing on MPB on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. and Sunday at 6:000 p.m. - you can listen live here. To find out more go to the show's Facebook page, where we'll be promoting this calendar regularly 

For a full listing of events in the Clarksdale area visit the Cat Head Music Calendar; Memphis events are covered in detail in the Memphis Flyer; the Jackson Free Press maintains a detailed calendar of events in the capital city; Oxford's Local Voice covers music in northern Mississippi on a day-to-day basis. 

MAY 2018

Sat. 26th, Dwight Yoakum, Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Miss

Sat. 26th, Tha Hott Boys of Southern Soul, Pokey Bear, J-Wonn, Cold Drank, L.J. Echols, Chris Ivy, Attala Colliseum, 550 MS-12, Kosciusko, Miss., 662-289-1618.

Sun. 27th, Bobby Rush, Sir Charles Jones, Karen Wolfe, Tank, The Stadium, Holly Springs, Miss., 901-355-7318.

Sun. 27th - Wall Hill Blues Fest, Byhalia, Miss. - Grady Champion, Pokey Bear, Kingfish, Theodis Ealey, LJ Echols, Sheba Potts Wright, Jay Hammer

JUNE 2018

Note - The North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, which usually takes place in early June, is on hiatus this year, and will be back in 2019

Fri. 1st - Sat. 2nd - Cathead Jam, Cathead Distillery, Jackson - Friday - Moon Taxi, Black Pistol Fire, Elliot Root; Saturday - JJ Grey & Mofro, Hard Working Americans, Leftover Salmon, LUTHI, The Busty Petites

Fri. 1st - Sun. 3rd - Goat Fest V, Clarksdale - staged at the Shack Up Inn and the New Roxy; on Sun. at Levon's - Artists include Cedric Burnside, Lightin' Malcolm, Woodstomp

Sat. 2nd - B.B. King Homecoming Celebration, Fletcher Park, Indianola, Miss.  Tito Jackson with the B.B. King Blues Band, Mr. Sipp, B.B. King AllStars • Rev. Rob Mortimer, Lady L, Truck Patch Revival, Famous Amos & The Morehead Crew, United Male Chorus. Advance $10.00 (on sale April 1)/gate $15. Call 662-887-9539 to purchase.

Sat. 2nd - Tito Jackson with the B.B. King Blues Band, Club Ebony, Indianola, Miss.

Sun, 3rd. -  Blues On The River, w/ T.K. Soul, J-Wonn, O.B. Buchana, Queen Ann Hines, Summer Wolfe, Kirby Smooth, Tunica River Park, 1 River Park Drive, Robinsonville, Miss., 662-671-1230. Gates open 10 am, show at 2 pm.

Wed. 6th - Sat. 9th - Tupelo Elvis Festival, multiple venues

Tues. 12th - Fri. 15th - 9th annual Pinetop Perkins Foundation Workshop Experience - Hopson Plantation, Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, Miss,

Thu. 14th - William Bell & the Memphis Soul Revue, Riley Center - MSU, 2200 5th St., Meridian, Miss. 7:30 pm

Fri. 15th - Sat. 12th - 6th annual Pinetop Perkins Foundation Workshop Showcase, Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, Miss.

Sat. 16th - Dale Watson @ Railgarten, Memphis, Tenn.

Sat. 16th - John Fogerty & ZZ Top, BankPlus Amphitheater, Southaven, Miss.

Sat. 16th - Bentonia Blues Festival - located on the farm of bluesman Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, located just north of Bentonia, Mississippi
Mon. 11th through Fri. 15th concerts at Duck Holmes' Blue Front Cafe every night! 

Sat. 23rd - Guided By Voices, Proud Larry's, Oxford

Sat. 23. - Hill Country Blues Jam Festival and Guitar Workshop - Waterford, Mississippi - Cedric Burnside Project, Kenny Brown Band, Garry Burnside Band, Eric Deaton Trio, Pork Chop Willie, Kent Burnside Band, Mark "Muleman" Massey, Frederick Dunlap, E Camp Band, and more

Sat. 23rd - DeSoto County International Festival, Landers Center, Southaven

JULY 2018

Sat. 7th - Stan Man Blues, featuring Dwayne Watkins and Jimmi Mayes, LD's Kitchen, Vicksburg

Sat. 7th - Webb Wilder, Railgarten, Memphis

Sun. 8th - Duwayne Burnside, Foxfire Ranch, Waterford, Miss.

Fri. 13th - Sat. 14th - Grassroots Blues Festival, Duck Hill, Miss.

Sat. 14th - 2nd Annual Monkey Day, Merigold, Miss.

Sat. 14th - Lucky Hand Blues Band, LD's Kitchen, Vicksburg

Wed. 18th - Fantastic Negrito, Proud Larry's, Oxford

Fri. 20th - Sun. 22nd - Oxford Blues Festival, Oxford, Miss

Fri. 20th - Wayne Hancock, Growler's, Memphis

Sat. 21st - Summer Wolfe and the Mississippi Players, LD's Kitchen, Vicksburg

Sat. 28th - Cedric Burnside Project, Martin's, Jackson, Miss.

Sat. 28th - Fred T and the Band, LD's Kitchen, Vicksburg

Mon. 30th - Jackson Music Awards, Jackson Marriott, Jackson, Miss.


TBA - Memphis Tri-State Blues Festival, Landers Center, Southaven, Miss.

Wed. 1st - Sat. 4th - Jus' Blues Music Foundation Awards, Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Miss.

1st - VIP party
2nd - Awards Show
3rd - White linen party
4th - Jus' Blues Juke Joint Party @ Tunica Roadhouse Casino

Fri. 3rd - Sun. 5th - Satchmo Summerfest, New Orleans

Sat. 4th - Bikes, Blues and Bayous, Greenwood, Miss.

Fri. 10th - Sun. 12th - Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, Clarksdale, Miss.

Fri. 16th - R.L. Boyce Picnic & Blues Celebration, Como, Miss.

Fri. 17th - Gillian Welch @ Saenger Theater, Hattiesburg

Fri. 17rh - Lyle Lovett, Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson

Fri. 17th & Sat. 18th - Home Place Boucherie & Blues Picnic, Home Place Pastures, Como, Miss.

Fri. 24th & Sat. 25th - Otha Turner family fife and drum picnic,10043, Highway 49 North, Coldwater, Miss.

Fri. 31st - Black Prairie Blues Festival (formerly Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival), West Point, Miss. The annual Prairie Arts Festival takes place the following day in downtown West Point

Fri. 31st - Sun., Sept. 2 - Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, Center For Southern Folklore, Memphis


Sat. 1st & Sun. 2nd - Memphis Music & Heritage Festival continues

Sat. 1st & Sun. 2nd - Mississippi John Hurt Festival, Avalon, Miss.

Thurs. 6th - B.B. King Day at Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Miss.

Sat. 8th - Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival, Jackson County Fairgrounds, Pascagoula

Thu. 13th - Sun. 16th - Piney Woods Picnic, Elks Lake Music Park, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Sat. 15th - Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival, Greenville, Miss.

Fri. 21st - Sat. 22nd - 8th annual Sam Chatmon Blues Festival, Hollandale, Miss.

Sat. 22nd - Sun. 23rd - Music at the Mounds, The Grand Village of the Natchez, Natchez, Miss.

Sat. 29th - Deak's Harmonica Block Party with Lazy Lester, more, Clarksdale, Miss.

Sat. 29th - Frogfest, Leland, Miss. - the home of Jim Henson

Sat. 29th, Wing Dang Doodle Festival, Forest, Miss.

Sun. 30th - International Conference on the Blues, Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss.


TBA - Bukka White Blues Festival, Aberdeen, Miss.

TBA - Mississippi Blues Fest - Leflore County Civic Center, Greenwood, Miss.

Mon. 1st & Tues. 2nd - International Conference on the Blues, Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss.

Weds. 3 - Sun. 7th - King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, Arkansas

Sat. 6th - Sun. 7th - Mempho Festival - Shelby Farms Park, Memphis

Sun. 7th - Pinetop Perkins Homecoming, Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale

Sun. 7th - Cathead Mini Blues Festival, Clarksdale

Thu. 11th - Sat. 13th - Mighty Mississippi Music Festival (incorporating the Highway 61 Blues Festival), Warfield Point Park, Greenville, Miss.

Thu. 11th - Sun. 14th - Deep Blues Festival, Clarksdale

Sat. 13th - Front Porch Jubilee, Hernando, Miss.

Sat. 13th - Gateway to the Delta Festival, Charleston, Miss.

Thu. 18th - Sat. 20th - Delta Hot Tamale Fest, Greenville, Miss.

Fri. 26th - Sun. 28th - Hambone Festival, multiple venues, Clarksdale, Miss.




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