Past events

MARCH 2018

Fri. 30th - Terry Harmonica Bean The Blue Front Cafe, Bentonia, 7 to 10 p.m.

Fri. 30th - Cedric Burnside, Proud Larry's, Oxford

Fri. 30th - Soul City Blues Festival, Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson

Sat. 31st - John Hiatt - Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown, TN

Sat. 31st - Southern Miss Jazz & Blues Festival, USM Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach

APRIL 2018

Thu. 5th - Mickey Rogers @ Club Ebony, Indianola, 8 - 10 p.m.

NEW - Fri. 6th - Paul Thorn @ Railgarten, Memphis - free show!

Fri. 6th - Cedric Burnside @ Yalobusha Brewery, Water Valley

Fri. 6th - Hollandale's First Friday blues concert, with John Horton - downtown Hollandale, 6 - 8 pm, free!

Fri. 6th - Harold Mabern Quartet with Eric Alexander, Rhodes College, McNeil Music Hall, Memphis, 7-10 p.m. - Rare concert of top-shelf jazz in the area!

Fri. 6th - 19th Street Red @ The Blue Front Cafe, Bentonia 7- 10 p.m,

NEW Sat. 7th - Eli "Paperboy" Reed at Red's, Clarksdale

Sat. 7th - Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival, Cleveland, Miss.

Sat. 7th - 24th Annual Spring Fling Music Festival, Fairgrounds, N, Mobile, AL - Avant, TK Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Lebrado, Lacee, Tyree Neal, Jeff Floyd, Tucka, Nathaniel Kimble, OB Buchana, LJ Echols,

Sat. 7th - Grady ChampionCatfish in the Alley, 4th Street, Columbus, Miss., noon

Sat. 7th - Cedric Burnside, Martin's, Jackson

Sat. 7th - 43rd annual World Catfish Festival, Belzoni, Miss., 8 am - 4pm

Sun. 8th - Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Foxfire Ranch, Waterford (between Oxford and Holly Springs) - 5 p.m, $10, soul food available

Thu. 12th - Art in the AlleyFan and Johnny's, Greenwood - fundraiser for Art Place Mississippi, a local arts education organization; cocktails, meal by chef Taylor Bowen Ricketts, jazz band, art

Thu. 12th - The Westerlies, Bologna Performing Arts Center, Cleveland - brass quartet that mixes chamber music, jazz - here's their performance on NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts

Thu. 12th - Mickey Rogers @ Club Ebony, Indianola, 8 - 10 p.m.

Thu. 12th - Don Bryant & the Bo-Keys, Old Dominick Distillery, Memphis, 6:30 p.m,

Thu. 12th - Sun. 15th - French Quarter Festival, New Orleans - five stages from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thu. & Sun., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri. & Sat,

Thu. 12th - Sun. 15th - Juke Joint Festival - Clarksdale

Thu.  - music across town all day, evening shows by RL Boyce, Deak Harp, Bill Abel, more

Fri. - music all day across town beginning at 10 a.m.; evening shows by Duwayne Burnside, Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood, Big George Brock, Stacy Mitchart, more

Fri. - "Conversations in the Blues" interviews at the Delta Blues Museum with moderator Big Jon Short - Terry "Big T" Williams @ 10:30 a.m., Cadillac John Nolden @ 1:30 p.m.  

Fri. - Thacker Mountain Radio @ The New Roxy Theater - w/ Big George Brock, Roger Stolle, Super Chikan, 6:00 p.m.

Sat - official Juke Joint Festival date, with multiple free outdoor stages during the day, wristband event at night; daytime stages scheduleevening venues schedule

Sun - Cathead Mini Blues Festival - 10 a.m. -4 p.m.  w/Hezekiah Early, Lil Poochie, Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band, Big George Brock, Sean "Bad" Apple, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, Lightnin' Malcolm and Lucious Spiller

Fri. 13th - Tito Deler (Harlem Slim) @ The Blue Front Cafe, Bentonia 7- 10 p.m,

Fri. 13th - Mississippi Valley State Jazz Band @ B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center, Indianola, Miss., 7 p.m., $5

Fri. 13th - Johnny B & Iretta Sanders @ Hal and Mal's, Jackson, Miss., 7 - 10 pm

Fri. 13th - Mr. Sipp, Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg, Miss.

NEW - Fri. 13th, Bobby Rush solo, Delta Art Gallery, Greenville, 6:30 p.m.

Sat. 14th - Southern Avenue @ Proud Larry's, Oxford

Sat. 14th - Rev. John Wilkins @ Railgarten, Memphis

Sat. 14th - Sun. 15th - Baton Rouge Blues Festival -  Sat. - Mavis Staples, Lazy Lester, James Hunter, Kenny Neal, Marcia Ball, Flat Duo Jets; Sun. -  Jimmy Duck Holmes w/ the Dexateens, Chris Thomas King, Lazy Lester - and much more!

Sat. 14 - Chick Corea @ 38th annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival, Vicksburg Convention Center, Vicksburg

Sat. 14th - Bobby Rush, Sweet Angel @ Paradise Entertainment Center, Memphis

Sat. 14th - Mississippi Spring Fest, Williamsburg Music Park, Bassfield, Miss. - with TK Soul, Lenny Williams, Karen Wolfe, JoJo Murray, Krishaunda Echols, more.

Sat. 14th - Lucero Block Party,  Minglewood Hall, Memphis, with  John Moreland, Deer Tick, Mighty Souls Brass Band, Louisa Page.

Thu. 19th - Dick Dale w/ Steve Selvidge - Hi-Tone, Memphis

Thu. 19th - Mickey Rogers @ Club Ebony, Indianola, 8 - 10 p.m.

Fri. 20th - Greenwood Music Festival, park on the north side of the Yazoo River, Greenwood, Miss. Free!

Featuring blues on Friday:
Lewis Johnson and his No Name Band 
Robert Kimbrough Sr
John Horton

Truck Patch Revival
Chris Boykin
Honey Please
Miles Flatt

Fri. 20th - Sat. 21st. Vicksburg Riverfest, Vicksburg - two stages both days, with Christine "Kingfish" Ingram, Vickie Baker, Karen Wolfe, Lakeside, Tucka, Dennis Fountain

Sat. 21st - Downtown Crawfish Jam Music Festival, Hattiesburg - Eden Brent, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Maggie Koerner, Sugar Mouth

Sat. 21st - Township Jazz Festival, Ridgeland - Benny Golson Quartet, Southern Komfort, Astral Project

Sat. 21st. Lightnin' Malcolm, Blue Canoe, Tupelo

Sat. 21st - Record Store DayThe End of All Music, Oxford; in Memphis Goner will host a block party together with Memphis Made Brewing, with River City Tanlines, Amy LaVere and more, and Liz Brasher will be playing at Shangri La 

Sat. 21st - Battle of the Brass Crawfish Boil, w Southern Komfort Brass Band and Epic Funk Brass Band, Martin's, Jackson, Miss.

Sat. 21st. - Leland Crawfish Festival "Blue and Brews", Leland, Miss. - free admission, craft beer tasting $25 - Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, John Horton band, more.

Wed. 25th - Sun. 29th - Festival International de Louisiana, downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, free festival featuring Louisiana and international music across multiple stages

Thu. 26th - Mickey Rogers @ Club Ebony, Indianola, 8 - 10 p.m.

Thu. Bring Your Soul Block Party, Crosstown Arts, Memphis

Fri. 27 - Sat. 28th - Double Decker Arts Festival, Oxford, Miss. Fri. Liz Brasher, Thacker Mountain Radio; Sat. Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, Como Mamas, Don Bryant, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tank and the Bangas, Whitey Morgan

Fri. 27 - Sun. 29 - Belmont Bluegrass and BBQ, Belmont Plantation, Wayside, MS - with Cary Hudson, Fred 4, Brent Sisters, Broken String Band, more

Fri. 27th - unveiling of historic marker for The Gants - pioneering Mississippi rock'n'rollers, Greenwood, time TBA

Fri. 27th - Sun. 29th - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival - first weekend

Fri. 27th - Johnny Rawls, Underground 119, Jackson

Sat. 28th - A Cast of Blues, demonstration lecture with sculptor Sharon McConnell, Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Center (The MAX), 2155 Front Street, Meridian, Miss

Sun. 29th - Grand opening of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Center (The MAX), Meridian, Miss. New museum honoring Mississippi’s legends in arts and entertainment 

MAY 2018

Thu. 3rd - Sun. 6th - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival - second weekend

Thu. 3rd - Sat. 5th - Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival, Meridian

Thu. Nashville Songwriters' tribute to Jimmie Rodgers with Paul Overstreet and Wynn Varble, Temple Theatre 

Fri. - Old Crow Medicine Show, MSU Riley Center, free outdoor shows during the day

Sat. Paul Thorn Band, the Paul & Els Zyverden Memorial Stage; Bishop Gunn, The Hive; Queen City Fest & BBQ showdown, Singing Brakeman Park, 10 am to 3pm

Fri. 4 - Sat.  5 - Que on the Yazoo, Greenwood - Barbecue festival, music Friday night w/ Mustache the Band, Saturday afternoon blues from Ben Payton, McKinney Williams, Mississippi Marshall, Glen Fortinberry                                           

Fri. 4 - Sun. 6 - Beale Street Music Festival - Jack White, David Byrne, Erykah Badu, Flaming Lips, Calexico, Robert Randolph, Kingfish Ingram, Govt Mule, Tav Falco, Eddy Clearwater, RL Boyce, Love Light Orchestra, Jimmy Duck Holmes, more

Sat. 5th - Sir Charles Jones, Bishop Bullwinkle, Chris Ivy, Pokey Bear, Washington County Convention Center, 1040 South Raceway Road, Greenville, Mississippi. . Doors open 6 pm. BYOB. 662-332-0488. 601-218-6343

Sat. 5th - Southern Brass Band Extravaganza, Southern Komfort Brass Band & Soul Express Brass Band, Churchill Smoke Shop/Smith Willis Stadium, Lakeland Drive, Jackson, Miss

Sat. 5th - McComb Music and Heritage Festival, McComb, MS

Sun. 6th - Zoo Blues, The Bar-Kays, Calvin Richardson, Urban Mystic, Vick Allen, Tre Williams & Karen Brown, Jackson Zoo, Jackson, Miss.

Wed, 9th - Big LLou's 6th annual Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam, The Warehouse,

Thu. 10th - Blues Music Awards, Memphis, Cook Convention Center

Fri. 11th - Nick Moss with Dennis Greunling, Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale

Fri. 11th- Johnny B & Iretta Sanders @ Hal and Mal's, Jackson, Miss., 7 - 10 pm

Fri. 11th - Sun. 13th - Kimbrough Cotton Patch Blues Festival, The Hut, Holly Springs

Fri. 11th - Exhibit opening - Bill Steber's photos of Junior Kimbrough's juke joint, Leontyne Price Gallery, Rust College, 4-6 pm; show up through May 31

Sat. 12th - 6th annual Pinetop Boogie & Crawfish Boil, Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, Miss. - video link here - w/John Primer, Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn, Bob Corritore, Monster Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci, John Del Toro Richardson, Diana Greenleaf, more

Sat. 12th - Sun. 13th - Clarksdale Caravan Blues Festival - daytime on street in front of Cat Head and the Rock & Blues Museum

Sat. 12th - Kenny Brown @ Martin's, Jackson, Miss.

Sat. 12th - Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil, Bluff Park, Natchez - with Bishop Gunn, Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters, Banditos, Magnolia Bayou, and Lucas, tickets $10 advance, $20 at gate

Sat. 12th -  Terry Wright, Pokey Bear, Cold Drank, JoJo Murray, Ra'Shad The Blues Kid, Emerson Hill, Clarksdale Civic Auditorium, 506 East Second St., Clarksdale, Mississippi. Doors open 7 pm.

Sun. 13th - 31st annual Mother's Day Blues Festival, Laurel Fairground, Laurel, Miss.

Thurs. 17th - Sun. 20th - Hill Country Harmonica -  Foxfire Ranch, Waterford (between Oxford and Holly Springs) - Adam Gussow's harmonica camp, with Magic Dick, Charlie Sayles, Mitch Kashmar, more.  General Public - Evening shows Thurs. to Sun., ca. $10

Fri. 18th - The War and Treaty @ the Lyric, Oxford

Fri. 18th - Sat. 19th - Great Big Yam Potatoes Old Time Gathering & Fiddle Contest, Historic Jefferson College, just north of Natchez, Miss

Fri. 18th - Tunica Takeover: The Kings of Southern Soul. Sir Charles Jones, Latimore, O.B. Buchana, Bigg Robb, Willie Clayton, Calvin Richardson, Tunica Arena & Expo Center, 3873 US-61, Tunica, Miss. 901-509-5882. 662-363-3299.

Sat. 19th - Dexter Allen, Underground 119, Jackson, Miss.

Thu. 24th - Sun. 27th - World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival, Oxford, Miss.

Fri. 25th - Bishop Bullwinkle, Paradise Entertainment Center, Memphis

Fri. 25th, Tha Hott Boys of Southern Soul, Calvin Richardson, Big Pokey Bear, Coldrank and Mr. Soul City, Elks Lodge #108, (DIP) Island Parkway, Mobile, AL.


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

September 2017

Fri. 1 - Black Prairie Blues Festival, West Point, Mississippi - Big George Brock, Victor Wainwright, Old Memphis Kings

Sat. 2 - Sun. 3 - Mississippi John Hurt Memorial Blues and Jam Fest - Hurt's home near Avalon, Mississippi. Noon to 5 Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is dedicated to John Hurt's blues music, with artists including Ben Payton, and Sunday will feature gospel music from local churches. BBQ plates and drinks will be available. Directions on the foundation's Facebook page (linked above). The address is 1972 County Road 109, Carrollton, MS 38917

Sat. 2 - Sun. 3 - Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, Memphis - multiple stages along Main Street, inside the Center For Southern Folklore - free. With Rev. John Wilkins, Como Mamas, Luther Dickinson, dozens more

Sat. 2 - Denise LaSalle, Billy "Soul" Bonds, Mo' B - Downtown, Helena, Arkansas. 870-572-9506.

Sun. 3 - Eddie Cotton @ Club Ebony, Indianola, Mississippi

Sun 3 - 2nd Annual Labor Day Weekend Southern Blues Show -1930 Wall Hill Road, Byhalia, MS - TK Soul, Sweet Angel, Nellie Travis, Terry Wright, Kirby Smooth, Big Yayo

Mon. 4 - Duwayne Burnside @ Foxfire Ranch, Waterford, Mississippi

Wed. 6 - Pre-B.B. King Day lectures with Bobby Rush (1pm, The Little Theater), Preston Lauterbach (2pm, Social Science Building room 311), and B.B. King Museum Director Malika Polk-Lee (11am, Business Education Building, Room 314) - Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena. c

Thurs. 7 - B.B. King Day @ 9am to 4pm at the Social Science Auditorium Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, and in the evening at the historic Club Ebony, Indianola; The event features multiple panels during the day on the theme of juke joints. A great jam session takes place in the evening, featuring many blues and jazz veterans. Visiting musicians are to include  Eddy Clearwater, Bobby Rush and Dorothy Moore

Thu. 7 - North Mississippi Allstars - Levitt Shell, Memphis

Fri. 8 - Vaneese Thomas w/ Carla Thomas -  A Tribute to Women of Soul, Halloran Center, Memphis

Tue. 12 - Jesse Robinson, veteran blues artist from Jackson, Tyan Nash & Keith Johnson opening - Wired For Sound concert series, Cleveland, Mississippi. Free outdoor show along former railway tracks downtown, 6 - 9 p.m. Due to forecast of rain, the show has been moved to Hey Joe's, 118 E Sunflower Rd, Cleveland

Tue. 12 - Sat. 16 - AmericanaFest - Nashville, multiple venues, hundreds of artists, with awards ceremony on Wed. 13 at the Ryman Auditorium featuring Robert Cray, Van Morrison, many more. Morrison, who will be receiving a lifetime achievement award at the AmericanaFest Awards show, is performing on Thu. 14 at the Ascend Amphitheater  

Thu. 14 - Cyrus Chestnut QuartetGertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oxford

Thu. 14 - Screening of "Sidemen: Long Road to Glory" - featuring Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland, Miss.

Thu. 14 - Earl Randle concert - Madison Avenue Pocket Park, 151 Madison Ave., Memphis - 5-6 p.m. Indianola, Miss. native Randle wrote songs recorded by artists including Al Green, Ann Peebles, Etta James, Koko Taylor

Thu. 15 - A jazz tribute to the blues with trombonist Bob Dowell - 7:30 p.m. @ E.E. Bass Cultural Center, Greenville - part of the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival's "Blues Week"

Fri. 15 - Marcella Simien & Dave Cousar - Madison Avenue Pocket Park, 151 Madison Ave., Memphis - 5-6 p.m

Fri. 15 - Sun. 17 - Piney Woods Picnic, Hattiesburg -  Webb Wilder, Kenny Brown, Cary Hudson, more

Fri. 15 - Sat. 16 - R.L. Burnside Blues Jam, 1120 MS-178, Holly Springs, Mississippi - with Joe Ayers, RL Boyce, Garry Burnside, David Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, Duwayne Burnside and more.
Friday September 15: Joe Ayers 6 - 6:30; Beverly Davis 6:45 - 7:30; R.L. Boyce 7:45 - 8:15; Shewolf Jones 8:30 - 9; E-Camp Band 9:15 - 10; The Royal Blues Band Ft. Jack Rowell Jr. 10:15 -11; Garry Burnside 11 - 12 

Saturday September 16: Catfish Pie 6 - 6:45; Moses Crouch and The Memphissippi Medicine 7 - 7:45; David Kimbrough Jr. 8 - 8:45; Kenny Brown 9 - 9:45; Duwayne Burnside 10 - 10:45; Hill Country Blues Ja
Sat. 16 - 40th annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival, Greenville - Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Willie Clayton, Eden Brent, Grady Champion, the B.B. King Blues Band featuring Jesse Robinson, Sweet Angel. Article about this year's event here.

Sat. 16 - "Country Blues Festival" with Rev. John Wilkins & Blue Mother Tupelo -  free! Levitt Shell, Memphis

Sat. 16 - Hill Country Boucherie, Home Place Pastures, Como; dinner prepared by chefs from a across the region followed by a "blues picnic" ($5) with R.L. Boyce and Friends, the Como Mamas 
Marshall Bartlett and the Comotions, Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum & Kenny Brown 

Sat. 16 - Zechariah Lloyd & C.W. Gatlin & FMA Allstars - Foster Music & Arts, Water Valley, Mississippi

Thu. 21 - Southern Avenue - Levitt Shell, Memphis

Thu. 21 - Dwight Yoakum - Brandon Civic Center, Brandon, MS

Fri. 22 - Love Light Orchestra - Railgarten, Memphis. 8 p.m. The Love Light Orchestra, featuring lead singer John Nemeth, is a nine-piece band that specializes in the '50s big band blues sound of Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King.

Fri.  22 - Sat. 23 - Sam Chatmon Blues Festival, Hollandale - Friday night - Blue Mother Tupelo; Saturday's event all day event features Cedric Burnside, John Horton, Libby Rae Watson and Nathaniel Kimble very cool downhome event! And free! 

Sat. 23 - Dee Dee Bridgewater -  Levitt Shell, Memphis

Fri. 22 - Cigar Box Showdown + Watermelon Slim, Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale

Sat. 23 - Clarksdale Cigar Box Guitar Festival, New Roxy - w Super Chikan et al

Sat. 23 - J'Wonn, Urban Mystic, T.J. Hooker Taylor, Anthony Hamilton w/ The Hamiltones - 7 pm @ The United Center, 500 Craft St., Holly Springs, Mississippi

Sat. 23 - International Gumbo Festival - 11a.m. - 7p.m. @ Smith Park, Jackson - Dirty Dozen Brass BandAmanda Shaw, Southern Avenue, Bill & Temperance

Tue. 26 - Charlie Musselwhite interview, 1:00 p.m., Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland

Tue. 26 - "Take Me to the River Live" - William Bell, Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, Al Kapone, Frayser Boy, members of the Hi Rhythm Section - 7pm on the lawn of the Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland, Mississippi - free but requires registration!

Wed. 27 - Burnham Road (country) - Wired For Sound concert series, Cleveland, Mississippi. Free outdoor show along former railway tracks downtown, 6 - 9 p.m.

Thu. 28 - Patterson Hood in-store  2-4 p.m. @ The End of All Music record store in Oxford, Mississippi. A great place to buy used and new vinyl, and it's a semi-official place to pick up Fat Possum products

Thu. 28 - Drive By Truckers - Lyric Theater, Oxford.

Thu. 28 - Sun., Oct. 1 - Gonerfest 14 -  multiple venues, Memphis - premier garage band festival, with Greg Cartwright, Jack Oblivian, many more

Fri. 29 - Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band - Duling Hall, Jackson

Fri. 29 - Ron Holloway Band - Martin's, Jackson

Fri. 29 - Rhiannon Giddens, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown, TN

Fri. 29 - Memphis Blues Society benefit with Vasti Jackson & Reba Russell Trio - Neil's Music Room, Memphis

Fri. 29 - Sat. 30 - Mighty Mississippi Music Festival - Warfield Point Park, Greenville - main stage both Fri. (Shovels & Rope, Chris Knight) and Fri. (St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Turnpike Troubadours), Highway 61 stage all day Sat. (Cedric Burnside, Kenny Brown, Toronzo Cannon, Libby Rae Watson, more)

Sat. 30 - Gateway to the Delta Festival - Charleston, Mississippi - Mark "Muleman" Massey, Otis "TCB" Taylor

Sat. 30 - Front Porch Jubilee - Hernando, Mississippi - Kenny Brown, Sharde Thomas & Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Duwayne Burnside, Rev. Payton's Big Band, Cary Hudson, R.L. Boyce, 
Woodstomp, Jack Rowell, Jr., Grits & Soul

Sat. 30 - Buddy Guy @ Gold Strike Casino Resort, Tunica

Sat. 30 - Chris Knight & Grayson Capps - Duling Hall, Jackson

Sat. 30 - North Louisiana Blues Fest - Richwood Park, Richwood, LA (75 miles west of Vicksburg) - Theodis Ealey, Sweet Angel, LJ Echols & the Neckbone Band, Magic One, Nathaniel Kimble, Rhomey


Sun. 1 - Southern Soul Classic - Grant Downs Racetrack, Jackson - Pokey Bear, Terry Wright, Sunshine Anderson, more

Sun. 1 - Tues. 3 - International Conference on the Blues, Grammy Museum Mississippi/Delta State, Cleveland, Mississippi - this year's themes include the centennial of John Lee Hooker and Alan Lomax's work in the Delta. It will include (on Tue.) screenings of the blue revival-themed films "Shake 'em On Down" and "Two Trains Running" with a panel featuring Dick Waterman; performances by artists including Quon Willis, Marquise Knox and Kingfish, talks by scholars including John Szwed and Adam Gussow, and a public interview with Aaron Neville.

Tue. 3 - Aaron Neville Duo ($25 - $50) - Bologna Performing Arts Center, Cleveland, Mississippi

Wed. 4 - "Blues Tweet-Up" with Christone "Kingfish" Ingram - 6 - 8 p.m. @ the Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitor's Center, Tunica

Thu. 5 - Road to the Biscuit Blues Festival - free - seven venues along Beale Street, Memphis - Libby Rae Watson, Duwayne Burnside, Vince Johnson, Bob Margolin & Bob Corritore, Kenny Brown, Stud Ford & Cam Kimbrough, Eric Hughes

Thu. 5 - Sat. 7 -  King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, Arkansas - multiple stages Fri. and Sat.; main stage requires pass, other stages are free - Joe Louis Walker, Willie Cobbs, Govt Mule, West Coast Blues Revue with Fillmore Slim, Kenny "Beedy" Eyes Smith with Bob Stroger and Bob Margolin, Tab Benoit, Quon Willis, Nikki Hill, Big George Brock, Leo "Bud" Welch, Anson Funderburgh, JJ Grey and Mofro, Paul Thorn, Rev. John Wilkins, Libby Rae Watkins, Robert "Bilbo" Walker

Thu. 5 - The Wailers with LuthiDuling Hall, Jackson

Thu. 5 - Devon GilfillianNew Roxy, Clarksdale 

Thu. 5 - Fri. 6 - Ponderosa Stomp Conference - Ace Hotel, New Orleans

Fri. 6 - Sat. 7 - Ponderosa Stomp, Orpheum Theater, New Orleans - Roy Gaines, Archie Bell, Barbara Lynn, Roy Head, Gary U.S. Bonds, Lil Buck Sinegal, Warren Storm, Don Bryant & the Bo-Keys, Carla and Vaneese Thomas, Gories, Mummies, Doug Kershaw, Deke Dickerson, Los Straitjackets, much more

Fri. 6 - Sat. 7 - Mempho Music Festiva- Shelby Farms, Memphis - Steve Cropper & Friends, Booker T. Stax Revue, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Jason Isbell, Southern Avenue, Cage the Elephant

Fri. 6 - Sat. 7 - Mules and Blues Fest, Marks, Mississippi - headliner Willie Clayton

Fri. 6 - Sat. 7 - Bukka White Blues Festival - Aberdeen, MS - free! - Lightnin' Malcolm, Kenny Brown, Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band, Big George Brock, Kingfish, Super Chikan, more

Fri. 6 - Sun. 8 - Second Street Blues Party, Rock & Blues Museum, Clarksdale - free outdoor afternoon shows

Sat. 7 - 7th annual "Call and Response Symposium," 10:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Malco Theater, Helena, Arkansas - featuring Robert "Bilbo" Walker, Jimmie Duck Holmes, Anson Funderburgh, more on two panels

Sat. 7 - Otherfest - alternative rock festival in Cleveland, Mississippi

Sat. 7 - W.S. Holland - Tupelo Cotton Mill, Tupelo - rockabilly with Johnny Cash's original drummer

Sat. 7 - Mississippi Blues Fest -  Leflore County Civic Center,  Greenwood. Bishop Bullwinkle, Lacee, O.B. Buchana, T.K. Soul, James Redd. 662-453-4065

Sat. 7 - Pine Bluff - Altheimer Fall Fest - 5 p.m. @ Cook Family Park, Pine Bluff, Arkansas - Ms. Jody, Sweet Angel, Mr. Pokey, J-Wonn, Moe B 

Sun. 8 - "Super Blues Sunday in Clarksdale" Cat Head Mini Blues FestivalPinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration @ Hopson; Second Street Blues Party (see above); Levon's Sunday Ramble; Red's Juke Joint Jam - see for full schedule nearer to date

Sun. 8 - Sharde Thomas & the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band - free concert, 5:00 - 6::30 p.m., David H. Nutt Auditorium, University of Mississippi, Oxford

Mon. 9 - Interview with Sharde Thomas & Scott Barretta - 1 p.m., David H. Nutt Auditorium, University of Mississippi, Oxdoes

Tue. 10 - Adam Gussow @ Turnrow Books, Greenwood, Mississippi - he'll be signing and talking about his new book Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition. More info on the event here.

Tues. 10 - Coahoma Community College Gospel Choir, with the BPAC Delta Youth Chorale opening -   Wired For Sound concert series, Cleveland, Mississippi. Free outdoor show along former railway tracks downtown, 6 - 9 p.m.

Tue. 10 - Willie Nelson & Family - MSU Riley Center, Meridian - wonderful historic venue

Thu. 12 - Songhoy Blues, Proud Larry's, Oxford - band from Mali, new record out on Fat Possum, NPR piece about them here.

Thu. 12 - Love Light Orchestra (12 piece band doing Bobby Bland, BB King style blues) - Levitt Shell, Memphis - here's a great article on them by Bob Mehr.

Thu. 12 - 15 - Deep Blues Festival, Clarksdale - located at the Shack Up Inn & the New Roxy, featuringt he Seratones, Nikki Hill, Dex Romweber, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Kenny Brown, RL Boyce, Jimbo Mathus, Lil Poochie & Elmo Williams

Fir. 13 - SeratonesProud Larry's, Oxford

Sat. 14 - 60th anniversary of Royal Studio - TBA - Levitt Shell, Memphis

Sat. 14 - Hill Country Showcase with Cedric Burnside Project and R.L. Boyce - DBA, New Orleans

Sat. 14 - Robert Kimbrough CD release party, Red's, Clarksdale - 7:00 p.m.

Sat. 14 - Sun. 15 - Crescent City Blues Festival, Lafayette Square, New Orleans - free! - Bobby Rush, Robert Cray, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Little Freddie King, King Edward, Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood, Guitar Lightning Lee, Como Mamas

Sat. 14 - Herbie Hancock - Horseshoe Casino, Robinsonville

Wed. 18 - "Conversation with Benjamin Wright" - 11:00 a.m. Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland, Miss. - Greenville, Miss. native Wright worked as an arranger with Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Outkast, and in his early years worked on the road with Otis Redding, James Brown, Gladys Knight, and many more.

Wed. 18 - Special show TBA! Foster Music & Arts, Water Valley, Mississippi

Thu. 19 - Sat. 21 - Delta Hot Tamale Festival - Greenville

Fri. 20 - George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin' PartnersProud Larry's, Oxford

Fri. 20 - Southern Soul and Blues Lovers Classic Denise LaSalle, T.K. Soul, Lenny Williams, The Temptations Review - Jackson Convention Complex, 105 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, Mississippi.  601-960-2321

Sat. 21 - Hatchie Fall Fest - Brownsville, TN - entertainment will include Sweet Angel, West Tennessee Blues Society Blues Challenge (1 - 6 p.m.), more TBA

Sat. 21 - Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, Dyess, Arkansas. Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash - festival takes place from the 19th - 21st, with music and talks every day.

Cash at his boyhood home in Dyess
Sat. 21 - T.K. Soul - Tupelo Cotton Mill, Tupelo

Wed. 25 - Fri. 77 - Charlie Hunter house concerts - Memphis Music Mansion, Memphis

Thu. 26 - Young Valley (Americana) with Long Time Coming - Wired For Sound concert series, Cleveland, Mississippi. Free outdoor show along former railway tracks downtown, 6 - 9 p.m.

Thu. 26 - Sun. 29 - 10th Annual Hambone Festival, various venues in Clarksdale including Stan Street's Hambone Gallery and the Juke Joint Chapel at the Shack Up Inn. Featuring Jimmy Burns, Johnny Rawls, and birthday boy Stan Street.

Sat. 28 - Sun. 29 - Music at the Mounds - Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez - George Porter & The Runnin' Partners, Jimbo Mathus, Lightnin' Malcolm, Dexateens, more

Sat. 28 -
 Dan Penn - rare, hometown show with the legendary songwriter - Vernon City Auditorium, Vernon, Alabama - Reserve $15/general $10 - call Ed McNees 205-344-1822

Sun. 29 - Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, acoustic show, Cannon Center For the Performing Arts, Memphis

Mon. 30 - Book signing for the graphic novel "Love in Vain," now translated from the French. The authors, J.M. Dupont and Mezzo, will be present. Turnrow Books, Greenwood, 5:30 p.m.


Fri. 3 - Los Lobos ($20 general) - Levitt Shell, Memphis

Sat. 4 - Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveiling for Sid Hemphill (time TBA, Senatobia, plus Senatobia Blues & Brews honoring Hemphill, Gabbert Park, 6pm till midnight

Sat. 4 - 12th annual Tommy Johnson Blues Festival Jackson Medical Mall center court, Jackson - 6pm; Eddie Cotton, Lacee, Miss Ora and the SOS Band, Raul Valintin, and Blues Man

Sat. 4 - Lucinda Williams ($25 general, $65 reserved) - Levitt Shell, Memphis

Wed. 15 - "A Conversation with Cedric Burnside" - 11:00 a.m. Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland, Miss.

Fri. 17 - Willie Nelson Family - Horseshoe Casino, Robinsonville

Thu. 30 - Little Freddie King - 7:00 p.m., Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland, Miss. 

December 2018

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 WilderRailgarten, Memphis

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

Fri. 13th - Sat. 14th Grassroots Blues FestivalDuck 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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