Known as the birthplace of the blues, Mississippi and its neighbor Alabama are filled with quality music attractions of all types. From high-end venues to tiny juke joints, both states will put you in touch with blues, jazz and classic Southern rock.
Visit the blues epicenter
Since Clarksdale, Miss., is often described as ground zero for the blues - it's only fitting that the premier club for this genre is called The Ground Zero Blues Club. Partly owned by actor Morgan Freeman, it does not get more authentic than this club. Located at 0 Blues Alley in Clarksdale, even the unique address stands testament to this location as a prime birthplace for the genre. Visit www.groundzerobluesclub.com
to get more information on this increasingly popular pilgrimage for blues enthusiasts.
Get yourself some barbecue and blues
A visit to the Gulf Coast is not complete without a stop at The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint, located at 7501 Hwy. 57 in Ocean Springs, Miss. Here, a unique decor that was actually built by customers and friends of the owners, welcomes visitors with an eclectic collection of interesting found objects. The award-winning barbecue is great and the music is even better. Check out www.theshedbbq.com
for more details and music schedules.
Hear the best of Birmingham
Many consider Workplay, located at 500 23rd St. S in Birmingham, Ala., to be the best live music venue in the entire state. Although the venue emphasizes blues acts, there seems to be a nice variety in the performers who grace the stage. Workplay offers a comfortable environment for sitting back and enjoying the music. There are also VIP areas for those who want to make the night really special. Get more details at www.workplay.com
Don’t gamble on a good time
There is no need to gamble on your entertainment. Instead, visit the stages of the Hard Rock Casino Biloxi for a sure bet. From up-and-coming local bands to big name performers, Hard Rock Biloxi has it all. The casino and hotel are located at 777 Beach Blvd., directly on the sand beaches of the Mississippi sound. You can find more information on upcoming concerts at www.hardrockbiloxi.com
Music with a view
Located on the waters of Mobile Bay, the Bluegill Restaurant allows you to pull right up to the restaurant on your boat if you so choose. Situated at 3775 Battleship Parkway in Spanish Fort, Ala., this restaurant and music destination has served the Mobile area since 1958. It is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood and take in some great local music after 6 p.m. More information can be found at www.bluegillrestaurant.com
As the birthplace of the blues, Mississippi is rich in musical history and influence. Mississippi and nearby sister state of Alabama contain a wealth of exciting juke joints, rock clubs and restaurants serving delicious food and featuring local Southern-inspired music. Go ahead; get out there and enjoy.