MISSISSIPPI: Blues venues/events slowly reopening/starting…


Due to the current national health crisis, all physical/in-person ‘live’ blues shows/festivals in March/April/May 2020 were cancelled, though many musicians and some venues continued the blues online via live-stream watch parties. Those are still continuing in June… even as our state’s venues and events start to re-open/re-start.

Clarksdale, Mississippi, is keeping its 365 days a year of ‘live’ blues and entertainment going online via watch parties. Please go to LiveFromClarksdale.org for schedule and links to watch.
(Re)Watch Clarksdale’s April 18th “Virtual Juke Joint Festival Celebration” (9 hours; 27 acts) for free via livefromclarksdale.org/jukejointfestival
(Re)Watch Ted Reed’s new “Juke Joint Festival Revisited” documentary film for free at https://youtu.be/HiPsS5spBMc
From Jackson, Mississippi… In place of its usual weekly Blue Monday event usually held at Hal & Mal’s in Jackson, the Central Mississippi Blues Society is hosting Watch Parties on its Facebook page. Every Monday night at 8:30 p.m., members post videos of past performances of the Blue Monday Band for viewers to enjoy. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/134758873254380/
Note that CAT HEAD blues store in Clarksdale, Mississippi, has reopened (Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm), www.cathead.biz.
Also, VISIT CLARKSDALE Tourism Office has reopened, www.visitclarksdale.com.
Watch Blues Foundation’s “Virtual Blues Music Awards (BMAs)” from Sun., May 3rd via blues.org.
Watch now… Austin City Limits w/Gary Clark Jr., https://www.pbs.org/video/gary-clark-jr-qlysro/

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI BLUES SOCIETY: www.centralmississippibluessociety.com

MS DELTA BLUES SOCIETY OF INDIANOLA: www.indianolabluessociety.org

VISIT CLARKSDALE TOURISM: www.visitclarksdale.com

VISIT MISSISSIPPI TOURISM: www.visitmississippi.org


BLUES FOUNDATION (Memphis): www.blues.org


LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE TOUR GUIDE: http://digital.livingblues.com/publication/?i=226901#{%22issue_id%22:226901,%22page%22:1}

AMERICANA MUSIC TRIANGLE: americanamusictriangle.com

FREE “MOONSHINE & MOJO HANDS” WEB SERIES: Watch 10 FREE episodes, and tour Mississippi virtually at www.moonshineandmojohands.com.

MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL: Go here for updates: www.msbluestrail.org – Join the Mississippi Blues Commission, friends, fans and family as the Mississippi’s music trails celebrate their latest markers. Go to the web link OR get their free phone app for over a hundred markers spread throughout Mississippi… and beyond.
*As of June 1st, bars and music venues can reopen, but there are lots of new regulations designed to keep the public safe. Read the full order at https://mailchi.mp/d35bf0719795/governor-tate-reeves-announces-safe-return-for-mississippi-in-final-stages-of-reopening-economy?e=af2ac1b3c1%20.

For our blues clubs/bars, the main points are:
Group Gatherings (Social Distancing IS NOT Possible): Public and private social gatherings and recreational activities shall be limited to groups of no more than 20 people in a single indoor space or groups of no more than 50 people in an outdoor space where individuals are in close proximity (less than 6 feet) to each other.
Group Gatherings (Social Distancing IS Possible): Except as otherwise provided, public and private social gatherings and recreational activities shall be limited to groups of no more than 50 people in a single indoor space or groups of no more than 100 people in an outdoor space where individuals are able to maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation.
Executive Order 1478 is amended to permit bars that do not serve food to re-open subject to the limitations on restaurants and bars in Paragraph I(a) and its subparts of Executive Order 1478, including limiting the number of customers to 50% of maximum capacity and setting hours of operation to close to the public no later than 10:00 p.m.
Paragraph I(a)(xii) of Executive Order 1478 is amended to permit restaurants and bars to have live music. There shall be a minimum of 12 feet of separation between the musicians and restaurant/bar customers. It shall be the responsibility of the restaurant and/or bar to maintain social distancing between customers while live music is being performed.


Please go to www.cdc.gov for the latest health news and recommendations regarding social distancing, handwashing, sanitizing, etc.

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