Nestled in the Mississippi Delta, Cleveland is a charming community, full of music history and friendly faces. The town is home to Delta State University, the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi® and 18 of Mississippi's Blues Trail markers. There is much taste, see, and hear, and we invite you to try it all.
MEET WILLIAM "WEEJY" ROGERS
By day, William "Weejy" Rogers is kitchen manager and executive chef at Hey Joe's and Mosquito Burrito restaurants in Cleveland, Mississippi. By night, he serves as event coordinator, co-founder, promoter and writer for Keep Cleveland Boring, a grassroots community organization dedicated to supporting the local arts and music scene. The organization's name is a misnomer drenched in sarcasm playing off the notion that the Delta small town has nothing to do. Weejy started his culinary journey as a dishwasher, working his way up to prep, fryer, grill and beyond. His craft was mastered as a sous chef in Fairfield, Iowa, under Chef Ryan Kutter at the oldest country club west of the Mississippi River. Weejy came to Hey Joe's in the summer of 2010 and rotates the Hey Joe's menu regularly, while coming up with some of the best monthly burger recipes of all time. To see where Weejy likes to hang out in his spare time, check out his Cleveland itinerary below.
DELTA MEAT MARKET
This specialty grocery store with a full-service butcher shop has a variety of local and regionally sourced livestock and provisions. Lunch is served daily with a regularly changing menu.
GRAMMY MUSEUM MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi's newest attraction, the 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, is housed on the campus of Delta State University. Similar to its sister Museum — the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE — the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, while casting a spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi.
Nestled next to Mosquite Burrito in downtown Cleveland, Market Alley is home to a number of artistic and culinary offerings. From monthly art gallery showings with live entertainment to a weekly farmers market, this is not your average alley.
Blues music may not have been born in Indianola, but the king of the blues, B.B. King, was born here. King is now laid to rest at the museum bearing his name and pays tribute to one of the most prolific blues artists of a generation.
MEET ROBERT TERRELL
Robert Terrell is director of operations for the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi. Born and raised in Indianola, Robert moved as a young adult to Chicago, pursuing a career in music management. When his parents became ill, he moved home and found himself drawn to the B.B. King legacy. As Robert is quick to tell, Mississippi is where it all began. Many of the greatest blues artists have roots in the state. To really understand the blues, you have to experience the place where it started. Take a look at Robert's Indianola recommendations for good eats and true Delta experiences below.
B.B. KING'S CLUB EBONY
One of the South's most important African American nightclubs, was built just after the end of World War II by Indianola entrepreneur Johnny Jones. Under Jones and successive owners, the club showcased Ray Charles, Count Basie, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Albert King, Willie Clayton, and many other legendary acts. Club Ebony is one of the last remaining juke joints in Mississippi. Ebony is owned and operated by the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center.
Located across the street from the B.B. King Museum, the Blue Biscuit has a nostalgic storefront and a relaxing atmosphere. The Blue Biscuit offers elegant, serious gourmet fare, authentic Southern soul food and award winning barbecue.
This beautiful bayou runs the entire length of the town and is an ideal spot for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.