As part of the Cleveland Mississippi Music Tourism Convention, we will be hosting a number of evening events, plus a full day music tour featuring many sites across the Delta! Check out the locations below.
Evening Event Sites
GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi
The GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi is dedicated
to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi.
The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric display.
Our 2021 Music Tourism Convention will kick off here on Sept 28th with an exclusive opening reception.
Dockery Farms was established in 1895 to produce cotton, America’s biggest export at the time. African Americans who worked at Dockery, including blues pioneer Charley Patton, created a culture that inspired the music we know as the blues. Their songs influenced the development of popular music all over the world. We’ll head to Dockery Farms at the end of the first day of talks, on Sept 29th, to visit
the site and enjoy some drinks and music.
Music Tour Stops
BB King Museum
The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center tells the story of King’s life, his career, and stories of the Delta— its history and music, social mores and race relations, literature and legends, adversities and successes.
Club Ebony, one of the South’s most important African American nightclubs, was built just after the end of World War II by Indianola entrepreneur Johnny Jones. Under Jones and successive owners, the club showcased Ray Charles, Count Basie, B. B. King, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Albert King, Willie Clayton, and many other legendary acts. When owner Mary Shepard retired in 2008 after 34 years here, B. B. King purchased the venue to keep the vaunted Club Ebony tradition alive.
Ground Zero Blues Club
Clarksdale, Mississippi has long been described as “Ground Zero” for blues aficionados from around the globe. It all started here. The town has been home to musicians that changed the world including: Muddy
Waters, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Robert Johnson, Ike Turner, Charlie Musselwhite, and Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram to name a few. That’s why Ground Zero Blues Club® was created Morgan Freeman and others — to celebrate the area’s rich blues heritage and to provide a venue in which it can continue.
More sites to be announced soon!
The tour itinerary will be finalised in April. Keep checking back to learn about all the places we'll be visiting as part of the event full-day music tour.
Head to Visit Cleveland's and Visit Mississippi's websites to check out other not-to-miss spots and find out how to make the most out of your time in the 'Birthplace of the Blues'!