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Top Choice Blues in Clarksdale

Red's

Clarksdale's best juke joint, with its neon-red mood lighting, plastic-bag ceiling and general soulful disintegration, is the place to see bluesmen howl. Red runs the bar, knows the acts and slings a cold beer whene…
Southern US in Clarksdale

Bluesberry Cafe

This isn't just a greasy spoon – there's grease on the forks, knives and napkins too. But who cares? The food – eggs, bacon, homemade sausages and big sandwiches – is cooked to order and delicious, and on many a mor…
Music in Clarksdale

Juke Joint Festival

There are more than 20 venues at this three-day festival held in joints sprinkled in and around Clarksdale.
Music in Clarksdale

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival

Tends to draw big names, and has a significant gospel component.
Arts & Crafts in Clarksdale

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

Friendly St Louis carpetbagger and author Roger Stolle runs a colorful, all-purpose, blues emporium. The shelves are jammed with books, face jugs, local art and blues records. Stolle seems to be connected to everyon…
Museum in Clarksdale

Delta Blues Museum

A small but well-presented collection of memorabilia is on display here. The shrine to Delta legend Muddy Waters includes the actual cabin where he grew up. Local art exhibits and a gift shop round out the display. …
Museum in Clarksdale

Rock & Blues Heritage Museum

A jovial Dutch transplant and blues fanatic has turned his immense personal collection of records, memorabilia and artifacts into a magic (if small) museum that traces the roots of blues and rock from the 1920s to t…
Blues in Clarksdale

Ground Zero

For blues in polished environs, Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero is a huge and friendly hall with a dance floor surrounded by tables. Bands take to the stage Wednesday to Saturday, and there's good food available.
American in Clarksdale

Larry's Hot Tamales

Friendly Larry's may have a small menu, but they're doing the Lord's work with what's on offer: sizzling hot Delta tamales and delicious rib tips. You'll bust your stomach way before you bust your wallet.
Cafe in Clarksdale

Yazoo Pass

A contemporary space where you can enjoy fresh scones and croissants in the mornings, a salad bar, sandwiches and soups at lunch, and pan-seared ahi, filet mignon, burgers and pastas at dinner.