~ AREA INFORMATION ~



Local News

Attractions

Live Music

Festivals

Dining

Visitor Resources



~ LOCAL NEWS ~


.......From the library in the Clark House,
the room with a special view of all things Delta,
Innkeeper Billy Howell puts pen to paper, offering ...


The Delta Bohemian



We hope our unique views on life in the
Mississippi Delta will intrigue you, make you laugh,
cause you to pontificate, reflect and appreciate our
little cultural microcosm.

Enjoy the view,

Billy Howell, Innkeeper, The Clark House



Clarksdale Press Register - Local newspaper published Wednesday and Friday

Clarksdale.com - Find current Clarksdale news, information and links

Delta Business Journal - Business News of the Delta

Clarksdale Revitalization, Inc. - Visitor's Station and the home of the Downtown Clarksdale Revitalization program

 

~ ATTRACTIONS ~

 

B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
400 Second Street, Indianola, MS 38751
Phone: 662-887-9539

Birdsong Tours - Custom tours to fit your needs.... Blues/historical/agricultural. Call Robert Birdsong at 662-624-6051 birdsong@clarksdale.com

BluesSource.Com - 50 years of vinyl LPs, 45s, books, comics and more. 224 Delta Ave., 662-313-0061

Bluestown Music - Vintage guitar and instrument store Mon.-Fri., Noon-5pm. Sat., 10am-5pm. 317 Delta Ave., 662-645-1816

Cathead Delta Blues & Folk Art
252 Delta Avenue
662-624-5992
Blues CDs, DVDs, books, t-shirts and folk art

Clarksdale Station
Located in Blues Alley
Renovated passenger train depot, the Dutch Oven Bakery & Restaurant

The Crossroads - A legendary tourist stop and great photo-op
Hwy. 61 at 49 in Clarksdale.

Delta Blues Museum
1 Blues Alley
662-627-6820
Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, Mar.-Sept.; Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm, Oct.-Feb.
Muddy Waters' cabin, signed guitars, blues photos

Clarksdale Revitalization (Visitor Station)
Greyhound Bus Station
Corner of 3rd and Issaquena

Foxtrot: Turned Earth
247 Delta Avenue

The Gordon Gallery
233 Delta Avenue
662-624-4005

Ground Zero Blues Club
Morgan Freeman's Juke Joint
662-621-9099
Entertainment Wed.-Sat. nights

Hambone Art Gallery
111 E. 2nd Street
662-253-5586
Art by Stan Street, artist and musician

Hopson Plantation
Hopson Commissary
1 Commissary Circle, off Highway 49
662-624-8329

Lampfish Art Company
114 Third Street
662-934-4226

Mississippi Blues Trail Markers
Several Blues Trail Markers are in and around Clarksdale.

Miss Del's General Store
145 Delta Avenue in historic downtown Clarksdale. Shop Mon.-Sat. or on-line 24/7.
662-624-2381
Feed, seed, gourmet foods, antiques, lattes and cappuccinos!

Quapaw Canoe Company
291 Sunflower Avenue
662-627-4070
Join artist/musician/adventurer John "Riverman" Ruskey on a canoe trip on the mighty Mississippi or the Sunflower River.

Red's Lounge
395 Sunflower Ave. (Corner of MLK Dr./4th St. and Sunflower.)
Legandary Juke Joint. Open some weekday nights and all weekends with "live" blues some weekends. Special events during festival time. Regulars include T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour, Big T, Lightnin' Malcolm, Wesley Jefferson and Big Jack Johnson.

Riverside Hotel
615 Sunflower Ave., 662-624-9163
Site of the hospital where Bessie Smith died in 1937. Ike Turner, Robert Nighthawk, Sonny Boy II, Pop Staples, John Lee Hooker and John F. Kennedy, Jr. all stayed or lived here after it became a hotel/boardinghouse. Founded on Oct. 11, 1944 and currently run by the Frank "Rat" Ratliff. State Blues Trail Marker at the Riverside.

Rock 'N Roll & Blues Heritage Museum
113 E. 2nd Street
901-605-8662
Museum full of rare rock and roll memorabilia from the 1950s and 60s. Open Friday and Saturday 11 am - 5 pm, open during festivals and by appointment.



W.R.O.X. Museum (a.k.a. Clarkdale History & Cultural Museum)
257 Delta Avenue
662-645-8874
This was the site of the W.R.O.X. blues radio station from around 1946 to 1953. Early Wright, Ike Turner and Robert Nighthawk all had shows here, plus Elvis, Sam Cooke and Sonny Boy Williamson II were all on the air there at some point in time. Open festival weekends or by appointment.


~ LIVE MUSIC ~


Live Music in Delta
Courtesy of Roger Stolle at Cathead Folk & Art

 


~ CLARKSDALE AREA FESTIVALS ~


2011 Three Forks Music Festival - Clarksdale... Fri 4/15, 2011... the makers of M for Mississippi hold special event at New Roxy Theater!


2011 Juke Joint Festival & Related Events - Clarksdale... 4/15-4/17, 2011 (with fest itself on 4/16 with amazing related events from Thurs evening through Sunday night... and beyond!); the 2012 is 4/14/12 weekend, by the way.


2011 Cat Head Mini Blues Fest I - 4/17, 2011... 10am till... Sunday of Juke Fest in Clarksdale, ("please tip your musicians").


2011 Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest - Following Blues Music Awards in Memlphis, 2011... near Cat Head store and Rock & Blues Museum in Clarksdale -- FREE in street 5/7, 2011.


2011 Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival - FREE blues festival, downtown Clarksdale, 8/12-14, 2011.


2011 Cat Head Mini Blues Fest II - Sunday of Sunflower Festival, Clarksdale, 8/14. 10am till --


2011 King Biscuit Blues Festival (former "Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival" - nearby Helena, AR) - TENTATIVELY 10/6-8, 2011.


2011 Cat Head Mini Blues Fest III - Sunday of AR Fest... 9am till -- FREE in street


2011 Pinetop Perkins Homecoming at Hopson in Clarksdale (in afternoon Sunday of AR fest) - 10/9, 2011


2011 Annual Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival - October 14 - 15


2011 Hambone Festival - Halloween weekend each year in Clarksdale


2012 Clarksdale Film Festival - January 26-29, 2012 in Clarksdale


2012 Juke Joint Festival & Related Events - Clarksdale... 4/14-4/16, 2012




~ DINING ~

Abe's BBQAbe's BBQ


Corner of Hwy 61 &
Hwy 49 at the Crossroads
(662) 624-9947

Sun: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mon - Thur: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.




Atzimba
Mexican & Margaritas
706 State St. - 662-627-3101
Mon – Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dutch Oven
Bakery & Sandwich Shop
100 Blues Alley - 662-621-9766, Fax 662-621-9767
Sat.- 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Delta Amusement
Burgers, Breakfast
348 Delta Ave.
662-627-1467
Mon – Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Ground ZeroGround Zero Blues Club
Burgers, Catfish, Fried Green Tomatoes
0 Blues Alley - 662-621-9099
Lunch: Mon.-Sat. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nights: Wed.-Fri. 5 p.m. - til
Sat. 6 p.m. - til







Hicks Famous Hot Tamales & More
305 State St. Across from the Econolodge on Hwy. 161
662-624-9887
Tues.-Sat. 11:00-7:00


Lady at the Levee
Seafood
Wed-Sat (11am-2pm) and Dinner (4-11pm); Sundays 1-6pm
313 Sunflower
662-627-3395



MadidiMadidi
Fine Dining
164 Delta Ave.
662-627-7770

Tuesday - Saturday
Bar: 5:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Reservations highly recommended





Ramon's Ramon’s
Steaks and Seafood
535 Oakhurst
662-624-9230

Tue - Thur: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.




Ranchero
BBQ, Steaks, Seafood, Sandwiches
1907 State St. - 662-624-9768
Mon - Thur: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Rest Haven
Italian, Greek, Lebanese
419 State St. - 662-624-8601
Mon - Sat: 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Rust Restaurant
Fine Dining
218 Delta Avenue
662-624-4784 / 662-624-4785
Wednesday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday - Sat. 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Stone Pony Pizza & The Brick Bar
226 Delta Avenue
662-624-PONY



~ VISITOR RESOURCES ~

The Blues Foundation

Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis, TN - Clarksdale Revitalization, Inc. At corner of Third and Issaquena, downtown, it is the location of the former Clarksdale Greyhound Bus Station. It is now restored an operating as a visitor's station and the home of Clarksdale Revitalization.

Clarksdale Tourism

Mississippi Blues Trail - Blues Trail markers throughout Mississippi -- with several markers in Clarksdale. Web site also has live music calendar.

Oxford, Mississippi - City Guide

Mississippi Tourism - The official Mississippi state tourism web site...

The University of Mississippi - Ole Miss University in Oxford, Mississippi

(Mississippi Delta) Tennessee Williams Festival - Annual event that celebrates Clarksdale's literary history with seminars, porch plays and more. Each October. Contact the Chamber of Commerce below for info.

VisitTheDelta.com - Mississippi Delta tourism web site with lots 'o good info.


 

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