Blues fans looking for the perfect music or Blues festival in Mississippi should listen to the pros at American Blues Scene who have put together this list of top five blues festivals to discover the best Mississippi Blues Festivals with live music, vendors, arts, food and attractions.
Juke Joint Festival
The unofficial kickoff to the festival season happens where American Music first exploded in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This is former home to Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Ike Turner and many, many more. The annual Juke Joint Festival celebrates America's musical beginnings on front porches and in old juke houses...just the way it used to be.
The festival stages are the front porches and local juke joints like Red's Juke and Ground Zero Blues Club, and the artists are a mix of bluesy greats and hidden gold. You'll hear some of the greatest most unique music that's ever crossed your ears...and another thing that makes it great - it's FREE!
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Four years ago, American Blues Scene called the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival the number 1 festival for the same reasons it's featured in their blues festival top five today: Mississippi music, great food, a beautiful park setting with camping and a wholly unique style. Taking place in Greenville, Mississippi the Mighty Mississippi Festival is set just feet from the Mississippi River.
The weekend-long event at Warfield Point Park has two stages: The Highway 61 Blues Stage and the Main Stage. Both with non-stop music that you don't want to miss, previous festivals include Old Crow Medicine Show, Dr John, Band of Heathens, Gov't Mule and more authentic blues than you can shake a stick at!
Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival
In downtown Jackson, Mississippi is a powerfully authentic music festival that combines the best of Southern music. Featuring five stages this new Mississippi music festival came in with a bang! Because Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival truly understands how much music the area has inspired you won't just see that blues, alongside acts like Jarekus Singleton and Bobby Rush there are stars like Ludacris and Fantasia - plus other southern soul legends, DJs, rappers and more.
Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
For 30 years and counting the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival has been rocking and rolling in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi. Name the bluesman and he's probably been here! Recent artists include Big George Brock, Charlie Musselwhite, Super Chikan, North Mississippi Allstars and even Robert Plant's Band of Joy.
This blues festival is set in the heart of downtown so visitors can enjoy the Delta Blues Museum whilst also visiting local Juke Joints, many of which have official stages and VIP tickets for those that are interested.
Bentonia Blues Festival
This festival was the brain child of Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes, the unique blues artists known thoughout the world for carrying on the haunting sounds of the 'Bentonia Blues' guitar tradition, and owning one incredible 'family' juke joint: The Blue Front Cafe. Every year the little town of Bentonia in Yazoo County Mississippi has the Bentonia Blues Festival, a wholly unique delta blues treat at the local juke joint. The festival also features RV camping, food, vendors and plenty of Delta Blues.
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