||The Delta Blues
Museum unveiled its latest exhibit "In the Belly of the
Blues" on April 3, 2014. The opening activities featured
special guests Heavy Suga and The Sweet Tones; a multi-media
presentation and book signing by Terry Abrahamson.
The exhibit will be at the Museum through July 31, 2014.
On April 4, 2014 the Museum celebrated
Muddy Waters birthday with cake and special events. We hope
you stopped by and joined the festivities.
The 11th Annual Juke Joint Festival
is almost here! This years festival is Saturday, April
12, 2014 with events starting Friday, April 10th and
running through Sunday, April 13th. Be sure to stop by the Museum
while visiting the festival!
Joint Festival DBM
The Delta Blues Museum Board of
Trustees will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, April
15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.
The Sunflower River Blues Association
April meetings will be held on Monday, April 14th and April 28th, 2014
at 6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.
It's that time again...the
Delta Blues Museum Summer Hours began Saturday, March 1, 2014.
The Museum will be open Monday through Saturday
9:00am to 5:00pm. These hours will
be in effect through October 31, 2014.
to Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper for winning the 2014 Grammy
Award for Best Blues Album for their album "Get Up!". Their
music film "I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making Of Get Up!"
was nominated in the Best Music Film category. Read
The Sunflower River Blues Association congratulates former
headliners Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush and Robert Plant
on their 2014 Grammy nominations, announce... Read
The Delta Blues Museum is partnering with Cathead Vodka,
Mississippi's first legal distillery, on a new, limited edition
series that will directly benefit the Museum's Deeper Roots campaign.
DBM Press Release
The Delta Blues Museum hosted a
Greek bagpipe exhibition and workshop presented by Flute of
Culture, to benefit the "One Stone" Tower Raising Campaign.
The two-hour presentation began with...
Shelley Ritter and community member Travis Calvin accepted
the National Medal in a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday,
May 8, 2013.
The DBM Band released its second CD "From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol.
II" at Ground Zero Blues Club on
Wednesday, October 9th The CD features blues artists Kenny Brown and
Bill Abel as special guests. The CD can be purchased in the Museum Gift Shop for $10 with proceeds
benefiting the Museum's Arts & Education program. E-Vite
Be sure to stop by and check out the Museum's newest exhibit "26 Years of Sunflower". The exhibit was unveiled during this years Sunflower Festival.
Be sure to check out our new section
dedicated to the Sunflower Festival. This chronological section
will link you to 26 years of festival information, since the
beginning in 1988. Read
By adding your pictures and comments
to our new Sunflower Chronology page you can help us celebrate
26 years of great music and fun. Learn
We caught up "Daddy Rich" on his
way out of the DBM classroom, where he teaches in our Arts and
Education Program, to talk a bit about his musical background
and his work with the students to keep blues culture alive and
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
Delta Blues Museum is set to receive a $27,000 grant from
the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.27M in grants that the Commission will award in...
The Delta Blues Museum's Arts & Education Program has
been chosen for recognition as a 2013 National Arts and Humanities
Youth Program Award (NAHYP)...Read
DBM Press Release
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
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.
On March 11, 2013, in honor of Melville Tillis, Sr., Clarksdale's Delta Blues Museum Stage has been renamed to the Melville Charles Tillis Sr Delta Blues Stage. Melville passed away...
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
The Delta Blues Museum was awarded
with this year's "Delta Best" award for outstanding contributions
to Tourism in the Delta by...Read
Born in 1946 in Glendora, Mississippi,
and raised in Coahoma County, Gas Man's career as a harmonica
player and songwriter was shaped by the late Johnnie Billington,
who taught Arthneice as well as Arthneice's own band mates and
other local legends through his work as a music instructor in
Lambert and later for the Delta Blues Education Program. Arthneice
fronted The Stone Gas Band - for many years... Read
On what would have been his 100th birthday, the Delta Blues Museum
proudly pays tribute to McKinley Morganfield-better known as the
legendary Muddy Waters. One of the most powerful forces behind
American music, Muddy was... Read
Each month the Museum posts a new
article spotlighting the career of various Blues Artists.
To see our additional Artist Spotlights Click
4th Annual Clarksdale Film Festival
was held January 23 - 26, 2014. We hope you were able to stop by and check it out.
The Delta Blues Museum is greatly saddened by the passing of former board member Johnny Lewis. Our thoughts and
prayers are with Mr. Lewis' family and friends, and we will miss him very much.
This years Sunflower Festival included
performances by the DBM Band, headliner Bobby Rush; with special
events at the Museum and Ground Zero Blues Club honoring the
late Arthneice "Gas Man" Jones; the opening of the new museum
exhibit "26 Years of Sunflower" and much more.
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite have been garnering a lot of
press lately with their recently released CD "Get Up".
In January, 2013 they performed on... Read
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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Made from a plank of wood from Muddy
Waters' Cabin and used on tour
by ZZ Top.
On view at the Delta Blues Museum
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.
to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Robert
to learn about Clarksdale's way of life and much more since its founding in 1839.
to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Muddy
to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Son
to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Charlie
Blues Museum exhibit opened
June, 2011 Read
Museum exhibit opened November, 2010
Blues Museum exhibit opened
August, 2010 Read
| Yvonne Stanford,
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.
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
for CD's, Posters, DVD's, Clothing and more.
The Museum is once again offering
the Back to the Crossroads Limited Edition Hoodie.
This hoodie is a great gift for everyone! Quantities
are limited - so stop by our Gift
and order yours today!
DBM Band CD "From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. 1".
Order your copy today of the Museum's own student band CD featuring
artists such as Charlie Musselwhite and more!
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 and 49 cross again
on our tees.
||The Great River Road Mississippi River
|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
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of Today's Black Man
"From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. 2"
The second CD featuring the museum's own student band.
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.
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.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming ceremony dates along
both the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country