Clarksdale Scenes Friday Before Juke Joint Fest 2017

VIDEO: Ride with Chilly Billy around town and listen to some fine music


Clarksdale, Mississippi – VIDEO IN POST!

The Delta Bohemian originally posted this on April 18, 2018.

Greetings from Clarksdale, Mississippi, heart of the MS Delta! Juke Joint Fest 2018 is upon us and Clarksdale is hoppin’ like a jumpin’ bullfrog in Calaveras County. Magical Madge and I have hastily thrown together a get-acquainted-with-Clarksdale video I took with an iPhone while riding around Clarksdale last year on the Friday before Juke Joint Fest 2017.

The video is accompanied by three of my favorite songs recorded in Clarksdale and performed by three of our good friends, all gifted musicians. The first song, “Come in My Kitchen,” was written by Robert Johnson and performed by Sean “Bad” Apple at Bluesberry Café. The second is a fine rendition of Junior Kimbrough’s “Meet Me in The City” performed by Lightnin’ Malcolm with Carl “Stud” White on drums at Hopson Commissary, and the third was also recorded at Hopson Commissary and performed by Clarksdale native Marshall Drew and is a mighty fine rendering of the Allman Brothers “Melissa!”

The Delta Bohemian and all Clarksdalians welcome y’all to and back to Clarksdale for Juke Joint Festival 2018, one of the finest weeks anywhere in the whole wide world, where two jiggers of separation connect us all! #SeekTheDelta: It matters! 

And this post is for all our readers who cannot be here this weekend but want to reminisce about their time here. You will recognize many places and streets, like the Sunflower Strip where a new bar is opening this weekend next to Levon’s called the Little Red Rooster Dive Bar, or Delta, Yazoo and Issaquena Avenues, or MLK in the New World District or First, Second and Third Streets, or Clark Street, etc… See if you can name them as Chilly Billy rides through town in Clarksdale on the Friday before Juke Joint Fest 2017. We encourage everyone to #SeekTheDelta and visit us here in Clarksdale, Mississippi where we have live blues music 365 nights a year, 7 nights a week. 

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  1. What a lovely tour! It’s funny how well I can still navigate these streets seven years after my last visit there. I get lost in Pennsylvania all the time. Where I haven’t been very much is the New World District.

  2. Friday yesterday (2018) Clarksdale was the busiest ever on the day before Saturday JJF!!! Live music going on in multiples places outdoors! Great feel in town!! Thank you to our visitors for coming to Clarksdale! #SeekTheDelta

  3. You guys are not the people I thought you were

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