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music trip to USA

I am a semi-professional blues musician living in Cambridge, England amd am planning a 'Music Tour' to the USA next June (2009) for my 50th birthday. I wish to visit Jackson and would be very grateful for any advice anyone might be able to give me with regard to good music clubs, poor clubs to avoid or any good plces to stay.

Thank you so much to anyone who is able to help.


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Jackson doesn't have many dedicated blues clubs. 930 Blues Club is all that's left since the Subway lounge was forced to close. Hal and Mal's, Shimmels, and Martins all have blues once or twice a week (which is fitting, because most of the real juke-joints that are left are only open once a week in the Delta). These bars have all been around a while and are your best bets.

Personally, I'd venture over to the Delta if I was a serious blues musician. Don't bother with any of the casino's in Vicksburg of Greenville for live music, they're all fairly poor venues to listen to music or see a decent show. Greenville does have a handful of good places to see music but it can be hit or miss. Clarksdale is your best bet (google clarksdale, ms) with Ground Zero being the most famous (and one of the newer) bars. It's also home to the Delta Blues Museum. The new BB King museum in Indianola will also be open by then and you can drop by Club Ebony while you're in Indianola.

If you have time, Memphis is a MUST for a serious musician. Lots and Lots of musical history there including country, blues, Soul and Rock music.

Here is a good site for general information, it has lots of links:


Here's info about life music in Jackson:


Here's some info about MS blues festivals:


The best things in June are: BB King Homecoming (to be honest, he doesn't play that long, but it's cheap. To see a longer show you can go to club Ebony afterwards for a longer more adult show)and the Highway 61 blues festival in Leland usually has a pretty good line-up (if you can see John Horton and/or Eden Brent, check them out).


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You probably know that the Blues archives are in Oxford, MS at the University. May be you should start there or contact someone there to help you. If you can get your hands on any R L Burnside or Junior Kimbrough recordings do so you might enjoy them.

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