Tennessee Williams Festival
The 24th Annual festival will be held at the Cutrer Mansion on Friday, September 30, 2016 and Saturday, October 01, 2016. For more information, please visit: www.coahomacc.edu

King Biscuit Festival - October 05 - 08, 2016
The 31st Annual King Biscuit Festival will be held in Helena, AR beginning Wednesday, October 5th and continued through Saturday, October 8th. For more information about the festival, please visit www.kingbiscuitfestival.com

Podcast -
The Mississippi Roots of John Lee Hooker

We’ll take a look at the Mississippi John Lee Hooker, his roots and influences, the music that impacted him when he was young. John Lee Hooker’s music has an undeniable urban grit that came from his detroit surroundings, but Mississippi was at his core and you could hear it in every song he ever recorded. Listen Here

NEW! Explore & Learn
The Blues and the Great Migration
Click here to learn how the blues grew and changed during a time of migration from the South to throughout the U.S. through our latest Explore & Learn program.

NEW! Artist Spotlight - John Lee Hooker
To celebrate his August 22nd birthday and a month of events dedicated to his legacy, the Delta Blues Museum proudly hails "The King of the Boogie" - the one, the only and Clarksdale's own, John Lee Hooker. Read More

NEW EXHIBIT
Joseph A Rosen: Blues Hands
Featuring photographs from Joseph A. Rosen's 30-plus years of adventure in blues and music photography.

Exhibit Unveiled
September 08, 2016

E-Vite

Deep Blues Festival - October 13 - 16, 2016
The 9th Annual Deep Blues Festival will be held in Clarksdale beginning Thursday, October 13th and continued through Sunday, October 16th. For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, please visit www.deepbluesfest.com



MUSEUM SUMMER HOURS
The Delta Blues Museum will observe its Summer Hours and be open Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Summer Hours will be in effect through October 31, 2016.

Museum Holiday Observances
The Delta Blues Museum will be closed in observance of the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Mississippi Day of Giving
Thank you! to all who donated to the Museum during this years annual Mississippi Day of Giving. This years event was a great success! To learn more about this fantastic opportunity please visit: www.msdayofgiving.org

DBM Band Featured in Documentary
The Delta Blues Museum Band is featured in the documentary, From the Crossroads to the White House on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) television network.
The documentary aired July 14, 2015.

Press Release

Teachin' the Blues: Walt Busby,
A&E Program Instructor

Walt has been an instructor with the Museum's Arts & Education program for a couple of years. This summer he took over as Head Instructor for Richard "Daddy Rich" Crisman, who, after his ten-year stint as a teacher in the program, has become our Gift Shop Manager. We wanted to let our fans know a little more about Walt,... Read More

DBM Band Recognized by City of Clarksdale
The City of Clarksdale recognized the DBM Band for their success and win of the 2014 NAHYP Award on December 8, 2014 at the city meeting.

DBM Recognized on National TV
The Museum has been recognized on MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell show during his broadcast of the 2014 NAHYP Award Ceremony. Watch Video

Delta Blues Museum Accepts 2014 National Arts & Humanities Youth Programs Award
The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce we have been awarded the 2014 NAHYP Award for our youth educational programs.

The DBM Band performed at the White House and accepted the award presented by the First Lady during a ceremony on November 10, 2014.
Read More

Mississippi River Interpretive Center Marker Unveiling - October 8, 2014
We hope you were able to join us at the museum for the unveiling of our Mississippi River Interpretive Center Marker. A reception with music by the DBM Band to followed the marker unveiling ceremony. Read More

Driving the Juke Joint Trail
By Alex Crevar, New York Times
The next day, evidence of Clarksdale’s singular focus was everywhere. At one end of town, on the grassy front quad of the Delta Blues Museum, teenagers, college students and families lounged in the sun and listened to live bands. In the town’s center...Read More

Delta Blues Museum Director Shelley Ritter Honored by The Blues Foundation
The DBM family and friends are proud to announce that The Blues Foundation has chosen Museum Director Shelley Ritter as the recipient of the 2013 KBA award for her work in the Historical preservation and documentation of the Blues. We are also proud of fellow ...Read More


NEW! - DBM Artist Spotlight - Muddy Waters
To celebrate his April 4th birthday and a month of events dedicated to his legacy, the Delta Blues Museum proudly pays tribute to McKinley Morganfield - better known as the...
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DBM Artist Spotlight - Charlie Musselwhite
To celebrate his January 31st birthday, the Delta Blues Museum shines a light on the Mississippi bluesman and longtime Delta Blues Museum supporter known to some as "Memphis Charlie".
Read More

DBM Artist Spotlight - Sam Cooke
Born in 1931 in Clarksdale to Annie Mae and Rev. Charles Cook, Sam was one of eight children raised in his father’s church. The family moved to Chicago in 1933, and later Sam and his singing siblings formed their first musical group, called The Singing Children, when he was... Read More

See all the DBM Artist Spotlights
Each month the Museum posts a new article spotlighting the career of various Blues Artists.
To see our additional Artist Spotlights Click Here


Juke Joint Festival - April 14 - 17, 2016
The 13th Annual Juke Joint Festival weekend, was held in Clarksdale April 14th through April 17th. The main Festival itself was Saturday, April 16th. We hope you were able to join us for this great weekend in Clarksdale! For more information about the festival, please visit www.JukeJointFestival.com

Mississippi Saxophone Festival
May 16 - 23, 2016

The 1st Annual Mississippi Saxophone Festival was held in Clarksdale May 16th through May 23, 2016. We hope you stopped by the DBM Stage for performances by Deak Harp, Watermelon Slim, Billy Gibson and others.
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Sunflower Festival - Aug 12 - 14, 2016
This years Sunflower Festival was held in Clarksdale Friday, August 12th through Sunday, August 14th. We hope you were able to join us for this great weekend in Clarksdale!
For more information please visit SunflowerFest.org

Send us your Sunflower Festival Experiences
By adding your pictures and comments to our Sunflower Chronology page you can help us celebrate 28 years of great music and fun. Learn More Sunflower Chronology

Exhibit: "Sunflower Festival"
To compliment this exhibit,our website has a Sunflower Chronology dedicated to the festival. This section will link you over 25 years of the festival, since its beginning in 1988.

To visit the Sunflower Festival Chronology click here .

Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival
The 39th Annual festival was held in Greenville, MS on Saturday, September 17, 2016. For more information, please visit: www.visitthedelta.com

Tennessee Williams Festival
The 24th Annual festival will be held at the Cutrer Mansion on Friday, September 30, 2016 and Saturday, October 01, 2016. For more information, please visit: www.coahomacc.edu

King Biscuit Festival - October 05 - 08, 2016
The 31st Annual King Biscuit Festival will be held in Helena, AR beginning Wednesday, October 5th and continued through Saturday, October 8th. For more information about the festival, please visit www.kingbiscuitfestival.com

Deep Blues Festival - October 13 - 16, 2016
The 9th Annual Deep Blues Festival will be held in Clarksdale beginning Thursday, October 13th and continued through Sunday, October 16th. For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, please visit www.deepbluesfest.com


RIP - Willie Seaberry "Po Monkey"
The Delta Blues Museum is saddened by the loss of Willie Seaberry "Po Monkey". Born in 1941, Willie worked as a farmhand and was the proprietor of Po' Monkeys juke joint. Originally started in 1963, Po' Monkeys was setup in his home and open to the public one night a week. In 2009 Willie was honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker for Po' Monkeys, one of the last remaining original juke joints in Mississippi.
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RIP - Otis Clay
It with the saddest tears that we remember the life of Otis Clay. Born in Waxhaw, Mississippi, in 1942, Clay followed the Great Migration north first to Muncie, Indiana in 1953, and ultimately Chicago in 1956. It was there he joined many of the city’s Gospel groups until he began his secular singing career in 1962. Clay signed with One-derful! Records and recorded “A Flame In Your Heart” in 1965. Read More

Norwegian Blues Festival Delegation is Welcomed to Clarksdale
Clarksdale's Sunflower River Blues Festival members welcome delegation from from the Notodden International Blues Festival.
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Musselwhite & Rush Win Blues Music Awards
The 36th Annual Blues Music Awards was held Thursday, May 07, 2015 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. Charlie Musselwhite won the award for Harmonica Instrumentalist, and Bobby Rush won the awards for B.B. King Entertainer and Soul Blues Male Artist.

Mississippi Blues
The music called the blues that emerged from Mississippi has shaped the development of popular music in this country and around the world. Turn on the radio. You might pick up some rock with some tough guitar riffs – or some rap. But put on Robert Johnson’s recording of... Read More of the capitivating article by Christine Wilson.

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite "Get Up"
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite have been garnered a lot of press with their CD "Get Up". Read More

Charlie Musselwhite: Spontaneous Jam
Video of Charlie Musselwhite with Lightnin' Malcolm and Doyle Bramhall having a spontaneous jam in The Juke Joint Chapel.

Watch Video
Sunflower Festival Chronology
We have a section dedicated to the festival on our web site. Your comments and/or photographs can be added to this section for the festival year(s) of your choice.

To visit the Sunflower Festival Chronology click here .

 

Muddy Waters Cabin from
Stovall Farms




The remains of the cabin from Stovall Farms where Muddy Waters lived during his days as a sharecropper and tractor driver are displayed in the gallery.
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"Keeping the Beat" the Delta Blues Museum's Newsletter Receive news about the museum and Clarksdale, plus be among the first to receive e-vites for special events.

To Read the Latest Newsletter
or catch-up on our previous newsletters Click Here

Muddy Waters Guitar
Made from a plank of wood from Muddy
Waters' Cabin and used on tour
by ZZ Top.

On view at the Delta Blues Museum

Custom Engraved Blues Bricks
Order Yours Today!

Show your support of the Delta Blues Museum by purchasing a custom engraved blues brick which will be used to complete the new Muddy Waters Addition.
Learn More
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Museum Board of Trustees Meeting
The Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.

Sunflower River Blues Association Meeting
The Sunflower River Blues Association meetings for the 29th Annual Festival began with Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.



The Blues and the Great Migration
Click here to learn how the blues grew and changed during a time of migration from the South to throughout the U.S.

Follow Robert Johnson
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson.

Explore the New World
Click here to learn about Clarksdale's way of life and much more since its founding in 1839.

Follow Muddy
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Muddy Waters.



Follow Son House
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Son House.


Follow Charlie Musselwhite
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Charlie Musselwhite.



"Gone but not Forgotten"
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened July, 2014
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28 Years of Sunflower
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened August, 2012
Read More


Son House Retrospective
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened June, 2011
Read More


Give my Poor Heart Ease
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened November, 2010
Read More

Ike Turner & Rocket 88
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened August, 2010
Read More





Celebrate the Museum's 37th Year!
There's always something new to see, do, and even to buy at the Museum!

So be sure to come on in while you're visiting Clarksdale!

Museum Hours

Summer Hours
(March - October )
Monday - Saturday
9 AM - 5 PM

Winter Hours
(November - February)
Monday - Saturday
10 AM - 5 PM

Address
1 Blues Alley
PO Box 459
Clarksdale, MS 38614

Phone
662-627-6820

 

 
For more information on the Delta Blues Museum, including exhibits, collections and driving directions, Click Here to download our brochure.


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Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees
Jim Herring, President
Tom Jones
Paul Wilson
Lera Kinnard, Secretary
Ralph Simpson
Regular meetings of the Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees are held the second Tuesday of every month at
6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.



Gift Shopping at the Delta Blues Museum
Don't forget to check out the Museum's on-line store for gifts that can be given in celebration of any occassion! We have something for everyone that loves Blues Music, the Delta, and the Museum. So stop by our Gift Shop for CD's, Posters, DVD's, Clothing and more.

Available in the Gift Shop -

Crossroads Souvenirs
Probably the most widely known myth about the blues is the place where bluesmen supposedly sold their sold to the Devil. Get your Hwys 61/49 souvenirs today!
Visit Gift Shop




The Great River Road Mississippi River Parkway Commission
www.experiencemississippiriver.com

Partner Place National Trust for
Historic Preservation

The Delta Blues Museum has become a partnered place with the National Trust for Historic Preservation headquartered in Washington DC. National Trust members to receive discounts when visiting the Museum. www.preservationnation.org

The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce their recognition as an official partner in the Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming. Read More

2015 Certificate of Excellence Award

The Delta Blues Museum
is proud to announce
we have been awarded the
2015 Certificate of Excellence
by TripAdvisor.com.

Reviews of the Museum can be read at TripAdvisor.com


Other Regional Museums
We've put together a list of music museums and others outside of Clarksdale that you may want to add to your itinerary as you plan your visit to Clarksdale. See Them Now!

NorthStar News & Analysis -
The Voice of Today's Black Man
www.northstarnews.com


DBM Band CD Release
"From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Volume II"
Released in October, 2013:
"From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. 2"
The second CD featuring the museum's own student band.
Read More

DBM Receives Blues Trail Marker
The unveiling of the Museum's Blues Trail Marker took place April 11, 2013. A reception with music by the DBM Band followed the unveiling.

Delta Blues Museum Accepts 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Museum Director Shelley Ritter and community member Travis Calvin accepted the National Medal in a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
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Delta Blues Museum Wins "Delta Best" Award
The Delta Blues Museum was awarded the "Delta Best" award for outstanding contributions to Tourism in the Delta in 2012
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1,000 Places To See Before You Die
 


You can find the Delta Blues Museum in the "Blues Highway, Clarksdale, MS" chapter of the publication "1,000 Places to See Before You Die", by the author Patricia Schultz.
More Info

Five Innovative Museums
By Linda Zavoral, mercurynews.com
If your vacation plans include a U.S. trip, check out this list of stellar museums. This month, first lady Michelle Obama honored these five with the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Services for their innovation and outreach...Read More

Delta Blues Museum Accepts 2014 National Arts & Humanities Youth Programs Award
The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce we have been awarded the 2014 NAHYP Award for our youth educational programs.

The DBM Band performed at the White House and accepted the award presented by the First Lady during a ceremony on November 10, 2014.
Read More

The Delta Blues Museum's Website, www.deltabluesmuseum.org,was awarded a "gold" certification in the Corporate Design, small budget, multimedia category, by the Southeastern Museums Conference at their annual meeting, held in Charleston, West Virginia. Read More

Mississippi Blues Marker Trail
Schedule of Events
Mark your calendars for the upcoming ceremony dates along both the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country Music Trail. More Info

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Visitors to the Delta Blues Museum are prohibited from photographing or video recording any portions of the Museum.

Exceptions to this policy can be made at the sole discretion of Museum staff and might include:
special events; scholars who have made arrangements in advance of their visits; and credentialed members of the press.

The DBM Stage is may not be used for political or religious purposes.
To request a reservation for stage use please submit your request in writing to the Museum stating the date, time and purpose of event.

For more information or questions about these policies, please contact the museum at (662)-627-6820 info@deltabluesmuseum.org

Museum Hours
1 Blues Alley - Clarksdale, MS 38614 - 662-627-6820
Current Hours - Monday thru Saturday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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