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It’s summer — party time! A list of Mississippi festivals

» The Oxford Blues Festival is certainly not the only event scheduled this summer. Local culture, food, music, art and more will be offered across the state this month and into August. “Throughout the summer, communities host festivals and fairs that showcase the authentic sights and sounds of our state’s culture and invite residents and visitors to embrace that culture ...

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New Blues Trail marker to be unveiled in Tunica

TUNICA — The iconic Hollywood Café will be the newest site recognized with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker this week. The marker unveiling is scheduled for today at 5 p.m. at 1585 Old Commerce Road, Tunica Resorts. The Hollywood Café, both at this site and its original location in Hollywood, Miss., earned fame as a Delta dining institution but has ...

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Blues Trail marker ceremony moved due to weather

JACKSON — Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the location for today’s Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveilings has been changed. The markers for both Charley Patton and the Chatmon Family/Mississippi Sheiks will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at the Mississippi e-Center @ Jackson State University located at 1230 Raymond Road in Jackson. Live entertainment will be provided by Bobby ...

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Grenada singing the blues, and happy to do so

The Mississippi Blues Trail is getting another marker in a part of the state not commonly thought of as a hub of the genre. Grenada County is the latest community in Mississippi to be recognized with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker. The marker unveiling is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Grenada Town Square in Grenada. Dave ...

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Mississippi to take center stage at Blues Hall of Fame induction

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Blues Foundation will induct new members, songs/albums and blues-related literature when it holds its Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony in May, and Mississippi will be well represented. Blues saxophonists Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Shaw and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson will be inducted as well as Mississippi hill country patriarch R.L. Burnside and Robert Pete Williams. Among ...

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Folks singing the blues over missing B.B. King marker

One of the most important markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail appears to have been stolen. A marker commemorating the birthplace of blues legend B.B. King near Berclair in Leflore County is missing. It was located in front of a small clump of trees at the dusty intersection of County Roads 305 and 513 just west of Itta Bena. All ...

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State erects 173rd Blues Trail marker; honors Handy

CLEVELAND — The “Enlightenment of W.C. Handy” is the subject of the next Mississippi Blues Trail marker to be unveiled Thursday at the Bolivar County Courthouse. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division says in a news release that Handy’s account of his “enlightenment” in Cleveland is one of the most widely circulated stories in blues history. Handy, a composer and ...

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Family blues — fight continues over Johnson's estate

Legendary blues musician Robert Johnson’s life was all too short; unfortunately, the in-family fight over his estate continues with all eyes now on the Mississippi Supreme Court. The state’s highest court heard arguments yesterday in a dispute over two photos of Johnson, who died in 1938 at the age of 28. When the justices might make a decision is still ...

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