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10 Mississippi Date Night Spots
Whether you go for a first date or a weekly date night, check out these unique ...
Whether you go for a first date or a weekly date night, check out these unique hangout spots in each region of the state. Ranging from laid back to romantic, you're sure to find the perfect location for a night out on the town.
The Burgundy Room - Oxford
Nestled on the historic downtown Oxford Square, this bar is located above Old Venice Pizza Co. With plenty of specials and draft beer, this is the perfect place to people watch on the balcony while enjoying a drink.
The Blue Canoe - Tupelo
A laid-back and funky atmosphere can be found at The Blue Canoe – known as Tupelo’s home for original live music. Expect bar food and great selection of tap beer.
The Apothecary - Jackson
Found in the back of Brent’s Drugs and Soda Fountain in Jackson’s Fondren district, The Apothecary is a small, speakeasy-style bar. Try a pre-Prohibition era prescription cocktail or order a non-alcoholic cocktail from the Temperance menu. Don’t miss happy hour or the full bar menu.
Under the Hill Saloon - Natchez
Under-the-Hill Saloon is one of the oldest buildings in the area, and it's patrons of yesteryear were cut-throats, prostitutes and thieves. The area known as Natchez Under-the-Hill, was once a thriving port where cotton was loaded onto paddle-wheelers and shipped north to textile mills for processing. The saloon offers live music on weekends, and occasionally during the week as well.
Delta Bistropub - Greenwood
This contemporary restaurant is nestled inside a renovated historic building one block north of The Alluvian Hotel. Delta Bistropub offers up fresh, farm-to-table plates that change with the seasons. Grab a cozy table or order a cocktail at the modern bar.
Ground Zero Blues Club - Clarksdale
Ground Zero Blues Club is a restaurant by day and blues club by night, situated in a 100 year-old cotton grading warehouse on Blues Alley facing the Delta Blues Museum. Actor Morgan Freeman and his business partner, Bill Luckett, opened Ground Zero in 2001 and it soon became one of the most colorful spots in downtown Clarksdale, infused with character and Delta grit.
Sky Bar at The Reef - Biloxi
The Reef is a two-story building housing the main restaurant on the first floor, elevated with a great view, and the Sky Bar on the second floor. The Sky Bar is an open air venue with a band stage and DJ booth featuring local entertainment while serving some of the most diverse craft draft beer on the coast.
Chimney’s - Gulfport
Chimney's Restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and steak dishes, and is known as the place to go to catch up with old friends while you’re in town. Enjoy dining in this beautifully built replica of a historic home featuring salvaged bricks from the original house, brick hearths with a central chimney gracing the dining areas, and heart pine floors from an 1820's-era home in Vaiden.
Anthony’s Good Food Market - West Point
Anthony's has become the place for friends from the surrounding area to meet and relax while enjoying traditional Southern fare. Anthony’s stocks more than 80 types of beer, and also allows you to bring your own wine and spirits, if so desired.
The Guestroom - Starkville
Owned by and located above the Restaurant Tyler, this speakeasy style bar offers unique, hand-crafted cocktails, wine and beer selections
National Travel & Tourism Week 2016
It's National Travel & Tourism Week! America's annual salute to travel and tourism was ...
It's National Travel & Tourism Week! America's annual salute to travel and tourism was established by a congressional resolution in 1983, and we are celebrating all week with events at our 13 Welcome Centers around the state. Here are some highlights:
SUNDAY, MAY 1
The first and last traveler of the day will receive a Mississippi poster.
Light refreshments served to kick off National Tourism Week
Complimentary tea & coffee will be served and select tourists will receive a souvenir.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to visitors.
Mississippi information bags and cookies will be given to the tourist throughout the day. A lucky tourist will win a fudge tray.
Kick-off National Tourism Week/ Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be served to visitors. A Mississippi gift will be raffled off to a lucky visitor.
Lemonade & Cookies to be served to visitors. Giveaways during the day.
MONDAY, MAY 2
Door prizes will be given out to travelers who sign in on the daily register sheet on the hidden designated line.
Door prizes will be randomly given to select travelers.
Pat Harrison Waterpark will serve hotdogs, chips and bottled water to tourist visiting the welcome center.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists.
Lauderdale County Homemakers’ Clubs will provide free refreshments for the traveling public.
Coloring books and pencils will be handed out provided by MDOT.
The staff from the Outlets at Vicksburg will visit with the tourist and provide VIP shopping cards. With stores offering shoes to perfume to the latest in children's fashion and everything in between, you are sure to find what you are looking for at Outlets at Vicksburg. Margaret Gilmer, owner, will provide treats and door prizes.
Winterville Mounds State Park will be displaying camping and showing Indian artifacts of their museum.
Red Beans and Rice Monday. Visitors will be able to sample a local favorite. Dorothy McQuarter, local pinestraw basket maker will be demonstrating her basket making in the lobby.
TUESDAY, MAY 3
Travel Rally Day – Display of Travel related items and special signage to appreciate travel and hospitality workers. Handouts on tips for travel. Michelle Williams, MDOT District 1 Anti-Litter Coordinator will be on hand to meet and greet guests and showcase the Anti-Litter display and hand out litter bags, coloring books, pencils, and activity sheets for the kids.
Visitors will have a chance to take a first hand look at the great things happening at the Grammy Museum. A representative will be at the welcome center to set up display showcasing the newly built Grammy Museum. Light r efreshments will be served.
Popcorn, compliments of Visit MS Gulf Coast tourism, will be served from 10am-3pm. Select visitors will receive a souvenir.
Pat Harrison Waterway promotion and cook out.
Dogwood Cross will provide entertainment, McComb Chamber, Magnolia Chamber, Osyka Red Hat Ladies, Osyka Civic Club and MDOT will promote Pike County and hand out goodies. Refreshments will be served.
Rowdy’s Family Restaurant will offer samples of Mississippi pond-raised catfish- fried, grilled, or blackened with original Johnny Sauce. Vicksburg's favorite for over 50 years! Family restaurant concept set in old Vicksburg theme. “The Beatles Guy” Mr. Richard McComas will entertain the tourist with music.
Mars Food, formerly Uncle Ben’s ricewill be at the Welcome Center displaying rice products and giving samples to visitors. Wear red to celebrate tourism!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
It’s National Tourists Appreciation Day. The first traveler of the day that signs in on the daily register will receive a basket of assorted Mississippi Specialty Items. The Alcorn Welcome Center will be giving out specialty door prizes. Festivities will start at Noon – 1:00p.m, with light refreshments served throughout. Tony Bullard, a local artist, will be on hand to meet and greet guest and showcase several of his latest paintings of historic places in Corinth and the surrounding area towns.
Tutwiler Quilters / Tourist Appreciation Day - Th is event will take place from 11:00 a .m. - 2:00 p.m. We will play music throughout the welcome center and serve refreshments.
Tourist Appreciation Day from 11am to 1pm. We will have the DeSoto County mayors, DeSoto County chambers, DeSoto County Tourism, hotels and locals here to spread the word. Food and Drink provided by the Welcome Center Staff.
Hancock County Day: 10am-1pm. The day’s events will feature area tourism partners, such as Hancock County Tourism Bureau, Diamondhead Country Club and POA, Mississippi Gulf coast Retired Senior Partnership. Silver Slipper Casino, Tony’s Restaurant, Dempsey’s Restaurant, Cuz’s Restaurant, Claiborne Hill Supermarket, and Bay Hideaway Campground, (to name a few) will join the staff in welcoming tourists to the area.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Banana's Mini Golf & Arcade and Feel The Freeze Yogurt Shop- Gulfport. Snappers Restaurant, Biloxi serving food samples.
THURSDAY, MAY 5
Random Door Prizes will be given out to travelers that sign the daily register sheet on the hidden designated line.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to compete to complete different Mississippi Puzzle Trivia to win door prizes.
Harrison County Day: 10am-1pm, local casinos, restaurants, hotels and area attractions will join welcome center staff in welcoming tourists to our area with special treats.
Crossroads Pottery & Master Gardeners, 11 am to 1 pm.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Gulf Islands Waterpark-Ocean Springs, Scranton Nature Center-Pascagoula (with a rabbit or a snake) Gulf Hills Resort and Golf Club-Ocean Springs with a mini putting green.
Old fashioned lemonade will be served on the porch while local artist, Sandra McMullen and Jack Harris along with their friends, provide musical entertainment on the front lawn of the welcome center.
Hampton Inn of McComb will greet tourist and hand out cookies. Pat Harrison Waterway will promote our parks. They will serve hotdogs and water to visitors.
FRIDAY, MAY 6
Door prizes will be given out to travelers who sign in on the daily register sheet on the hidden designated line.
Staff will give out specialty items to the tourists as a token of our appreciation.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Jackson County Chamber with Jackson County businesses. Hampton Inn- Ocean Springs. Snappers Restaurant, Biloxi serving food samples. John and Mabel with the Retiree Partnership.
Meridian/Lauderdale County tourism Day. Local Attractions will be highlighted in a special display and free cake will be provided.
McComb Recreation will serve popcorn and hand out goodies to the tourist. Bubba Roberts of Osyka will provide entertainment with his Harmonica.
Mississippi items will be given to visitors.
Staffers will serve cookies and lemonade throughout day. Mississippi blues music to be played throughout day.
SATURDAY, MAY 7
Travel Information bags will be available with travel and packing tips which will also include the new Daily Corinthian 2016 Summer Dine & Entertain in the Crossroads publication. The dining guide has menus and several coupons inside. Mississippi Specialty Items gift basket will be given out to the last tourist of the day to sign the register.
A PowerPoint video from the week of activities will be place on display in lobby for guests to view. Light refreshments will be served .
Gold Wings Road Riders Association will be onsite from 11am to 1pm to give visitors and the public instructions on all they need to know about motorcycles from safety to riding and being visible on the road.
Cake & tea will be served.
Roots of Elvis Fan Club & Natdhez Trace Parkway, from 9 am to 11 am.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Gulf Islands National Seashore-Ocean Springs. Busted Wrench-Gulfport free automobile museum.
David Brewer of Summit will provide entertainment with country and gospel songs. Cookies will be served.
Mississippi Specialty items will be given to tourists as this is the last day of National Tourism and Travel. Max and Erma’s restaurant refreshments will be on display.
Lemonade and cookies served throughout the day.
SUNDAY, MAY 8
Complimentary chocolate and Mother’s Day card to all mothers from 10am-1pm.
Mothers’ Day promotions will be given away.
Mississippi's 2016 Ultimate Outdoor Attraction
The results are in, and with a total of 4,410 votes by the public, Mississippi's 2016 Ultimate ...
The results are in, and with a total of 4,410 votes by the public, Mississippi's 2016 Ultimate Outdoor Attraction is...Camping at Tishomingo State Park!
Through a bracket-style competition, Mississippi's Ultimate Outdoor Throwdown allowed users to vote on which of 32 destinations was their favorite. You can see the complete results here by clicking "Rank" under "Results View."
Find more information about camping Tishomingo State Park on the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website:
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Archaeological excavations confirm the presence of Paleo Indians in the area now encompassed by the park as early as 7000 B.C.! The park takes its name from the leader of the Chickasaw nation, Chief Tishomingo. The famous Natchez Trace Parkway, the premier highway of the early 1800s and a modern scenic parkway, runs directly through the park. Today's visitors to Tishomingo State Park discover the same timeless natural beauty that enchanted the Indians centuries ago. Tishomingo offers a unique landscape of massive rock formations and fern-filled crevices found nowhere else in Mississippi. Massive boulders blanketed in moss dot the hillsides, and colorful wildflowers border trails once walked by Native Americans.
Whether you stay in a tent, RV, or cabin, you'll have an affordable adventure for the whole family. Congratulations to Tishomingo State Park on the 2016 title!
Mississippi Spring Festivals and Events
Mississippi has a festival for just about anything. We love an excuse to celebrate our unique art, ...
Mississippi has a festival for just about anything. We love an excuse to celebrate our unique art, food and culture, and in the spring, our wonderful weather. We take advantage of our temperate spring climate and slower schedules, which pick up during fall football season. Below are a few of our most popular April and May festivals. We hope you’ll join us!
Mudbug Bash • Hernando – April 9
This Southern-style, outdoor festival features all the crawfish and trimmings you can eat. Also expect to see silent and live auctions, samplings from local restaurants, live music and more. All proceeds benefit Palmer Home for Children, a non-profit organization providing stable homes for children in need of family structure.
Juke Joint Festival • Clarksdale – April 14-17
The 13th annual Juke Joint Festival is dedicated to all of the late, great Delta blues performers who have passed away during the last year — including Juke Fest regulars like LC Ulmer, Elmo Williams and Eddie Cusic, as well as other Mississippi bluesmen like B.B. King. Juke Joint Festival is "half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta." It celebrates the past and living history by presenting more than 100 blues acts during the course of the weekend, most of them Mississippians or Southerners.
RiverFest Music and Arts Festival • Vicksburg – April 15-16
The annual RiverFest features live music as well as free Saturday daytime activities. Saturday's daytime activities start with the DiamondJacks Rhythm Run 5K, the RiverFest Arts & Crafts Show around City Hall, and GospelFest at 11 a.m. in downtown area. Other activities include live music, street performers, children's activities, food booths, and sidewalk sales with participating downtown merchants.
Springfest • Southaven – April 19-23
The city of Southaven will celebrate its 36th birthday with Springfest 2016. Entertainment, concerts and carnival midway, including a variety of rides, games, concessions and more, will be the highlights of the event. In addition, Springfest will once again host the State of Mississippi Barbecue Championship sanctioned by Memphis Barbecue Network and will include a Youth Cooking Competition.
Double Decker Arts Festival • Oxford – April 22-23
Originally inspired by the Double Decker bus that Oxford imported from England in 1994, this festival showcases Oxford as a town that supports the arts and has grown to be one of the champion events in the region. Double Decker will kick off on Friday evening with Thacker Mountain Radio hosting a live broadcast complete with music. Saturday is an all-day affair featuring nearly two hundred art and food vendors while a generous mix of both local and touring musicians take to the stage.
McComb Blues & Heritage Festival • McComb – April 30
The 2016 McComb Blues & Heritage Festival will feature Mr. Sipp, the Mississippi Blues Child, and two stages with music and dance performances all day. The McComb School District's annual Arts Alive will take place at the festival, as well as performances by students at Jubilee Performing Arts Center. The Railroad Museum will be open and Camellia City Classic Cruisers will show their cars at the festival. Come for arts and crafts, food, games (bungee jump, rock wall, gyro, mechanical bull) and more.
Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival • Meridian – May 6-7
The Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival has been a showcase for some very well-known artists since 1953. This year's lineup offers something for everyone. This two-day festival features artists Lucinda Williams, The Bros. Landreth, James McMurtry, The Lone Bellow, Billy Joe Shaver, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Blackberry Smoke, Cedrick Burnside, Keller Williams, Elizabeth Cook, and the Jimmie Rodgers Talent Show Finalist. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a weekend of great music.
Taste of Ocean Springs Food and Wine Festival • Ocean Springs – May 12
The Taste of Ocean Springs Food and Wine Festival is an elegant evening for guests to sip and savor an array of food and beverages served up by a selection of more than 100 restaurants and nightlife venues of Ocean Springs. Light music will be provided by Caution Swing Bridge.
MayFest • Olive Branch – May 14
The Olive Branch Old Towne Association brings MayFest to the streets of Old Towne on the second Saturday of May each year. Everyone is invited for a fun-fill day for the entire family, beginning with a 5K run. There will be vendors with food, games, arts and crafts, in addition to live music and entertainment for the children.
B.B. King Museum Homecoming Festival • Indianola – May 28
The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola will be the site of the 36th annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival on May 28. Serving as a tribute to the King of the Blues, the festival will feature free live music on two stages, a kid’s fun zone and the Mississippi Classic Car Club.
Photo of Double Decker Arts Festival provided by Visit Oxford
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Rambling Steve Gardner & The Jericho Road Show
On a Tuesday or Thursday night this spring, you have the chance to see a band that's sure to ...
On a Tuesday or Thursday night this spring, you have the chance to see a band that's sure to get your foot tapping. Rambling Steve Gardner & The Jericho Road Show headlines the Americana in Mississippi concert tour, which is holding 16 free concerts around the state. Notable local musicians will open for the band along the way.
The Jericho Road Show is a musical collaboration between veteran roots and blues musicians Rambling Steve Gardner, Libby Rae Watson, Wes Lee and Bill Steber, who have toured internationally and have a combined release of more than 22 albums. You’ll see Wes Lee pounding a stomp box, Libby Rae Watson on rhythm sticks while Rambling Steve Gardner and Bill Steber add harmonica, saw, banjoukelele, kazoo, washboard and jug. All shows are acoustic and family-friendly.
The band has been described by WWOZ Community Radio, New Orleans as, “Fresh, original and fun! The Jericho Road Show brings the best of the back porch to the front of the big stage. Music to tap your feet, sing along or just jump up and stomp it right on down to the brick.”
Meet the Band:
Rambling Steve Gardner, solo artist and cofounder of the JERICHO ROAD SHOW, National Resophonic Guitar featured artist 7 with more than musical CDs, grew up near Pocahontas, MS. and is now based in Tokyo, Japan where he tours, promotes American Roots & Blues culture in schools, universities and for the U.S. Dept. of State.
Libby Rae Watson, solo artist and co-founder of the group, the Liberaetors from the MS. Gulf Coast, helped start the very first Mississippi Delta Blues Festival in Greenville, MS. in the late 1970’s. She was a finalist in the 2015 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, TN.
Wes Lee, born in Alabama and making Mississippi his home since 1995, combines blues, soul, folk and funk to bring listeners what he calls “traditional with a twist” both solo and with his band BLUE ROUX. Wes excels at songwriting and has released more than 6 musical CDs of his original tunes.
Bill Steber, Centerville, TN., founder of the Jake Leg Stompers Jug Band and the electrified duo, Hoodoo Men. He plays his brand of traditional roots and blues music on everything from the saw and harmonica to the banjo-ukelee and National Guitar. Honored by The Blues Foundation with Keeping The Blues Alive award for photography.
See Rambling Steve and The Jericho Road Show perform on the Americana in Mississippi concert tour!
Mississippi Americana Radio Hour - Part I
The following is a post from Drew Young, Visit Mississippi's Music Trails Program Manager As a ...
The following is a post from Drew Young, Visit Mississippi's Music Trails Program Manager
As a transplant Mississippian, my knowledge of music from this state was limited to the iconic blues artists and of course "The King", Elvis Presley. When I first started teaching at the University of Southern Mississippi, I was blown over by the depth, volume, and diversity of music that comes from this state! It wasn’t just the blues… I found myself being immersed in the Mississippi sounds of country, folk, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, alt-country, rock, jazz and every permutation of indie rock possible. I was hooked. That is when I decided to start my web series, The Porch Sessions, to document and tell the story of Mississippi music and its musicians.
When the state of Mississippi offered me a position working with the music community of the state I jumped on the opportunity. How could I not say yes? It has been a wonderful journey, and I anticipate even more. This month we launched the Americana in Mississippi Tour, a free, 16-city concert tour across the state featuring Rambling Steve Gardner and the Jericho Road Show and numerous talented local musicians. Since we weren’t able to feature all of Mississippi’s musical artists, Wilbur Martin of WUSM and I created a four-part radio series showcasing Mississippi’s variety of Americana talent.
The hardest aspect of producing the series was narrowing down the music choices! We could have made four times as many shows and still have music for days. Ultimately, we decided to primarily focus on music from musicians that are currently active alongside iconic artists, and all points in between.
This first installment includes 13 hand-selected songs from the Mississippi Americana catalog, beginning with the quintessential Americana song Blue Canoe by Blue Mountain and segues into the country side of things with Scott Chism. Then it bumps along the road to old time Americana with Ramblin Steve Gardner, hits some north Mississippi Blues with the Deltamatics, dives into some sultry modern blues with Grace Askew, and then closes out with the solo project from Cary Hudson of Blue Mountain.
We sincerely hope that you enjoy this show and please check back for the other three episodes, where we will showcase other must-know Americana artists from Mississippi! To learn more about Americana in Mississippi, see more here: http://visitmississippi.org/americana/
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Americana in Mississippi Music Tour Launches
Mississippi is home to blues and is the heart of the Americana Music Triangle. Gospel, country, ...
Mississippi is home to blues and is the heart of the Americana Music Triangle. Gospel, country, jazz, bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll have deep-running roots here. The sound is still alive and well.
In spring 2016, Mississippi is celebrating Americana music in a totally new way. With itineraries spanning the state, the Americana in Mississippi Music Tour boasts headliner Rambling Steve Gardner and The Jericho Roadshow performing in 16 communities. Each location will supplement the show with a performance by a local band or musician, allowing for a true taste of each city’s musical flavor. The Americana in Mississippi Music Tour kicks off March 1 with a performance at Jackson’s Duling Hall, and ends April 28 in Tupelo.
“There is no better way to experience real Americana music than the Americana in Mississippi Music Tour,” said Governor Phil Bryant. “It all started here, in the birthplace, and we want people to know that you can still experience the real deal – whether it’s at a festival, an authentic juke joint or a music tour like this one. Music is part of Mississippi’s DNA, and we want to share that with the world.”
The tour’s official web page, www.visitmississippi.org/americana, showcases a short promotional film, tour schedule and locations, video interviews with Mississippi artists, itineraries for each community on the tour, and more.
“This is a great opportunity for visitors who are interested in music to come and experience it for themselves,” said Interim Director of Visit Mississippi Daron Wilson. “It shows the great relationship between our state tourism department and our individual Convention and Visitor Bureaus, and it’s the perfect chance to see some of the state’s high points. We are so appreciative of our tourism partners, the Mississippi Tourism Association and the proprietors of the venues featuring the tour. We’ve come together to showcase the best of the best when it comes to Americana music.”
Mississippi Artists Win at 2016 GRAMMYs
Mississippi was well represented at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards, held Feb. 15. The 2016 GRAMMY nominees ...
Mississippi was well represented at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards, held Feb. 15.
The 2016 GRAMMY nominees with Mississippi ties were:
Best Blues Album: Descendants of Hill Country
John Primer & Various Artists
Best Blues Album: Muddy Waters 100
Keyone' Starr, Featured Artist
Best Pop Vocal Album: Uptown Special
Best American Roots Recording: See That My Grave is Kept Clean
The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records
Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package
Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings, 1947–1959
Best Historical Album
Of those nominations, the following were winners in their category:
Best American Roots Performance: Mavis Staples, "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Various Artists, The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)
On March 5, The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is set to open. The museum is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, while casting a spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. Cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience — engaging, educating and inspiring the next generation of artists. More information on The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi can be found here.