FRIDAY'S AT THE STAGE

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs - the final Friday's at the Stage is next on May 29th on the DBM Stage. Great live music will be performed from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Download Flyer

Celebrate the Museum's 36th Year!
There's always something new to see and do at the Museum!

So be sure to stop by while you're in Clarksdale and check out what's new!

Museum Holiday Observance - Memorial Day
The Delta Blues Museum will be CLOSED Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. Have a safe & happy holiday!

The Delta Blues Museum is a proud participant of the 2015 Blue Star Museum Program benefiting active duty military families.
This years' program concludes on Labor Day - hopefully, you've been to the museum this summer, and if not, we hope to see you soon! Read More Press Release

B.B. King - Funeral & Memorial Services
Memorial services for B.B. King were held in Las Vegas on May 23rd, after which he will be flown to Memphis for a tribute procession on Wednesday, May 27th. Funeral arrangements are set for Friday, May 29th in Indianola. Read More

New Exhibit: "Blues Portraits in Steel"
A new Museum exhibit, "Blue Portraits in Steel" featuring works by Scott Cawood, will be unveiled on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the Delta Blues Museum.

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B.B. King - RIP
The museum is extremely saddened to report that the legendary bluesman B.B. King, has passed away at the age of 89. A Grammy Award winner with numerous top charting hits over the years, B.B. King will be greatly missed. Read More

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. For more information and a complete list of winners please visit www.blues.org.

Blues Legends of Duncan - April 10, 2015
MS Blues Trail Marker Unveiled

The Blues Legends of Duncan MS Blues Trail Marker was unveiled in Duncan, MS on Friday, April 10, 2015. Duncan's history is known to be the birthplace or residence of performers such as Jimmy Reed, Eddie C. Campbell, Willie Love, Willie "Rip" Butler, Ernest Lane, Anthony "Big A" Sherrod and Charley Patton's daughter Rosetta Brown. To learn more about the MS Blues Trail, please visit www.msbluestrail.org.

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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MUSEUM SUMMER HOURS HAVE BEGUN
The Delta Blues Museum Summer Hours began March 1, 2015. The Museum will be open Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. These hours will be in effect through October 31, 2015.

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.

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

Artwalk & Extended Museum Hours
We hope you didn't miss Artwalk at the Museum on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The Museum was open late for this special event.
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Museum 36th Anniversary Weekend
We hope you were able to visit the Museum January 30th and 31st for the weekend celebration of our 36th anniversary!
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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.
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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

Delta Blues Museum Receives Grant
The Delta Blues Museum has been awarded an operating grant by the Mississippi Arts Commission for use towards...
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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...
Read More

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".
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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


DBM Band Performance
We hope you were able to join us and watch the DBM Band performance at the Crystal Ball black tie event "Alice in Wonderland" on January 17, 2015.

CeDell Davis Performance
CeDell Davis and special guests were at the Delta Blues Museum on March 7, 2015 for an exclusive performance. We hope you were able to stop by and enjoy the event!
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Juke Joint Festival - April 9 - 12, 2015
The 12th Annual Juke Joint Festival weekend, was held in Clarksdale beginning Thursday, April 9th and continued through Sunday, April 12th. The main Festival itself was held Saturday, April 11th. 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

Sunflower Festival - Aug 07 - 09, 2015
This years Sunflower Festival planning is underway! Be sure to check back for updates.
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 27 years of great music and fun. Learn More Sunflower Chronology

Sunflower Festival Chronology Section
Be sure to check out our section dedicated to the Sunflower Festival. This chronological section will link you to 27 years of festival information, since the beginning in 1988. Read More


RIP - Robert Belfour
With great sadness, the Delta Blues Museum mourns the passing of blues guitarist Robert Belfour. Read More

Dr. Frank Marascalco - RIP
We are saddened to report that on December 1, 2014, our former board member, Dr. Frank Marascalco, passed at the age of 91.
Dr. Marascalco's unparalleled support for the museum is evident in our continued growth and success. The Museum is deeply honored that the Marascalco family has requested memorials be made to the Delta Blues Museum in his memory. 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

Fisk Jubilee Singers Performance
The Fisk Jubilee Singers performed at Coahoma Community College on March 29, 2015. Download Flyer

Charlie Musselwhite Performance at Museum
Celebrating the Delta Blues Museum's 36th anniversary and his own birthday over the weekend, Grammy Award winner Charlie Musselwhite and his...Read More

Grammy Awards Nominees
The Delta Blues Museum sends out Congratulations to Grammy nominees and DBM Friends: Scott Bomar, Ruthie Foster, John Hiatt, Charlie Musselwhite, Tom Petty, Bobby Rush, and Jack White. To learn more, visit Grammy.com

Charlie Musselwhite Grammy Nominee
Charlie Musselwhite's "Juke Joint Chapel" has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Congratulations Charlie!

Bobby Rush Grammy Nominee
Congratulations to Bobby Rush for his album "Decisions" being nominated for a Grammy Award.

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.

2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Blues Blast Magazine has announced the winners of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards. Recipients include Buddy Guy, James Cotton, and Bobby Rush. Read More

Happy Birthday Billy Gibbons!
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

Respect the Kid: A Tribute to Mister Johnnie
Throughout his lifetime, Johnnie was dedicated to
the blues and the Delta youth.

Be sure to check out this video for a look into the life
of Johnnie Billington.
Watch Video

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite "Get Up"
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite have been garnered a lot of press with their CD "Get Up". 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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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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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, June 16, 2015 at
6:00 p.m.
in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.

Sunflower River Blues Association Meeting
The Sunflower River Blues Association meetings for the 28th Annual Festival are now in full swing. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, June 8, 2015 in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.



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
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Son House Retrospective
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened June, 2011
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Give my Poor Heart Ease
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened November, 2010
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Ike Turner & Rocket 88
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened August, 2010
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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 -

Home of the Blues Tees
Heavy duty tee with colorful graphic on back and Delta Blues Museum logo on front. Dyed for "weathered" look and feel. Available in Washed Denim or Butter and various sizes. Get yours today!
Crossroads Tees & Hoodies
Probably the one myth about the blues that every blues fan knows the place where bluesmen supposedly sold their sold to the Devil to play well. Highways 61 & 49 cross again on our tees and hoodies.
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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 a proud participant of the 2015 Blue Star Museum Program benefiting active duty military families. Read More

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

2014 Certificate of Excellence Award

The Delta Blues Museum
is proud to announce
we have been awarded the
2014 Certificate of Excellence
by TripAdvisor.com.

Reviews of the Delta Blues 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.
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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.
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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

Exhibit: "28 Years of the Sunflower Festival"
To compliment this exhibit, we have a Sunflower Chronology section dedicated to the festival on our web site. Your comments and/or photographs can be added to the Sunflower Chronology for the festival year(s) of your choice.

To visit the Sunflower Festival Chronology click here .

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.

For more information or questions about this policy, 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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