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Announcing a very special Warm up for 2014 Juke Joint Festival:

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Wednesday April 9th 4-9pm

Paddler’s Celebration featuring bluesman

James “SUPER CHIKAN: Johnson

with BBQ & Tamales by the Dreamboat

Come help us celebrate!

The river-guide will survive!

On Wed April 9, 2014 from 4-9pm we are honoring the Gov Phil Bryant, Sen Robert Jackson, Rep Chuck Espy, Rep Brad Mayo, and the many other Reps and Senators who voted in SB 2972, the new Mississippi legislation specifically addressing river guiding companies on navigable waterways and nature tourism! And many, many others who helped out, who signed petitions, sent prayers, and supported us during this struggle. We have lots to celebrate in this long journey! This is also our final fundraising effort. If you can’t stay for everything, be sure to come around 6pm when we will make official recognitions and then let Super Chikan continue to crow his ingenious and infectuous version of the downhome blues! 4-5 PM: Welcome and book signing From Azaleas to Zydeco by Mark Nichols. 5-7 PM: Live Blues featuring Super Chikan and special guests. 6PM: Speeches & Recognitions. 7-8 PM: True Delta Photograph Exhibition by Michael Scanlan. 8-9 PM: Film screening of Who Owns Water by David Hanson, Michael Hanson and Andrew Kornylak. BYOB. BBQ and Tamales by our neighbors from the Dreamboat.

If you can only stay a short while please come at 6PM for Speeches & Recognitions and live blues by Super Chikan!

When: Wed April 9, 2014

Where:Behind Quapaw Canoe Company, 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Time: 4pm-9pm

Everyone Welcome! Camping available behind Quapaw Canoe Company along the Sunflower River if you’re coming from out of town.

Wed, April 9th Schedule of Events:

4-5 PM: Welcome and book signing From Azaleas to Zydeco by Mark Nichols

5-7 PM: Live Blues featuring Super Chikan and special guests. Speeches & Recognitions.

7-8 PM: True Delta Photograph Exhibition by Michael Scanlan

8-9 PM: Film screening of Who Owns Water by David Hanson, Michael Hanson and Andrew Kornylak

BBQ and Tamales by our neighbors from the Dreamboat. BYOB. For more information contact John Ruskey 662-902-7841 john@island63.com. If you can’t make it, please consider making a donation to the Quapaw Canoe Company Legal Defense Fund. Thanks and many blessings from us Mighty Quapaws!

Note: We raised our original goal of $25,000 but the bill has gone up to $37,000 for legal and accounting fees. God save the River Guide!

PS: "Jump" photo above by Ben Gately Williams from story in Garden & Gun Magazine Feb/Mar 2103 by Nic Brown.

JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL
2014 -- 11TH ANNUAL EDITION OF JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL & RELATED EVENTS!


Our 11th annual, 2014 edition of Juke Joint Festival is dedicated to all of the late, great Delta blues performers / supporters who have passed away during the past year -- including Arthniece "Gas Man" Jones, Willie "Rip" Butler and James "T-Model" Ford. RIP.

Juke Joint Festival is "half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta." It celebrates our past AND living history by presenting over 100 blues acts during the course of the weekend -- most of them Mississippi or Southern, many in their 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s! This is the real-deal Mississippi blues festival that you've read about. It is like no other in the world.

During the daytime, you can expect a dozen small stages with authentic blues. At night, we feature all of our surviving juke joints, blues clubs and other indoor stages -- last year included 21+ venues.

Our next Juke Joint Festival is Saturday, April 12, 2014, with exciting related events on starting at 5pm on Thursday, April 10th and carrying through the night of Sunday, April 13th. (Related events on that Sunday include the always free and fabulous Cat Head Mini Blues Fest at 10am as well as the Second Street Blues Party in front of the Rock & Blues Museum.)

The home of this much acclaimed festival? Historic CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI -- just 90 minutes south of the Memphis International Airport and once home to such blues greats at Son House, John Lee Hooker, Junior Parker, Ike Turner, Muddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins, Earl Hooker, Lil Green, Big Jack Johnson and many many others.

What is the JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL? It’s a positive event for everyone in Clarksdale. It’s good for families, businesses, musicians and tourists alike. The festival itself combines an international “blues festival” with a community-minded “small-town fair,” creating a strong and memorable event like no other in the universe. It’s organized by the Clarksdale Downtown Development Association (CDDA) and staffed by enthusiastic volunteers. This “half small-town fair, half blues festival” does more than simply entertain attendees -- though it definitely does that, too! It aims to educate and enlighten native Deltans and blues tourists alike through a series of performances, exhibits, and presentations involving music, art, storytelling, film, and children’s events. The event mixes visitors with locals and showcases the economic power of cultural tourism, turning average Deltans into ambassadors for the region.

Speaking of economics, last year’s festival was our most successful yet with full hotels, nearly doubled attendance and expanded press coverage (including a national AP story that ran in many major cities). Festival attendees came from at least 46 U.S. states, 53 Mississippi counties and 28 foreign countries. The Juke Joint Festival makes every effort to keep vendors, talent and suppliers as local as possible. A family-friendly event, the festival also provides a bus service at night to discourage drinking and driving between music venues. Our daytime Saturday events are all FREE while our nighttime Saturday events all come for the price of a cheap, $15 wristband (which gets you unlimited rides on the blues shuttle bus and entry to at least 20 nighttime 'juke joint' venues).

For Juke Joint schedule and more information please visit website: www.jukejointfestival.com