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Discover Cleveland

Discover our Host City
Cleveland, MS

We are beyond proud and excited to be bringing our Music Tourism Convention to the city of Cleveland, MS.  
Named as one of Southern Living's Best Small Towns in 2019, Cleveland MS lives and breathes music: just to name a few iconic attractions, Cleveland hosts Dockery Farms, recognised as the birthplace of the Delta Blues and home of Charley Patton, and has over 40+ Mississippi Blues Trail markers within a 35+ miles radius. It also boasts a thriving contemporary scene and hosts the GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi. Check out some of the sites below:

Head to Visit Cleveland's and Visit Mississippi's websites and social channels 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'! 

Supporting partners


Host Organisations

Conference Sites

Conference Sites

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi
Cleveland, 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 2023 Music Tourism Convention will kick off here with an exclusive opening reception.

Check out their website here.


Lyric Hotel & West End District

Located in the beautiful West End District, our main event venue will allow delegates to experience “The South’s South,” across a 17.5 acre property with top-class accommodations, local culinary creations, venues and music that is decidedly Delta.

Learn more about the West End District here.

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Dockery Farms
Cleveland, Mississippi

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 April 12th, to visit
the site and enjoy some drinks and music.

Check out their website here.

Music Tour Stops


BB King Museum
Indianola, Mississippi

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.
Check out their website here.

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Club Ebony
Indianola, Mississippi

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.
Check out their website here.

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Robert Johnson’s Gravesite
Money, MS

A seminal figure in the history of the Delta blues, Robert Johnson (1911-1938) synthesised the music of Delta blues pioneers such as Son House with outside traditions. He in turn influenced artists such as Muddy Waters and Elmore James. Johnson's compositions, notable for their poetic qualities, include the standards "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Dust My Broom." Johnson's mysterious life and early death continue to fascinate modern fans. He is thought to be buried in this graveyard.
Learn more about Robert Johnson and the site here.

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Ground Zero Blues Club
Clarksdale, Mississippi

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.

Check out their website here.

Music Tour Stops

The Mississippi Sound

Extra Events
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Get ready for the event by checking out some amazing Mississippi bands and musicians and dive into the Mississippi Sound! 

Deep Roots Youtube Channel

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi YouTube Channel
Ground Zero Blues Club YouTube Channel


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