Blues lovers making the pilgrimage to the cradle of the blues, the Mississippi Delta, should not miss the unique opportunity to experience Hopson Plantation, located only three miles from the legendary Crossroads, Highways 49 and 61, in Clarksdale. Immerse yourself in the living history you will find at Hopson.
Virtually unchanged from when it was a working plantation, you will find authentic sharecropper shacks, the original cotton gin and seed houses and other outbuildings. You will glimpse plantation life as it existed only a few short years ago.
In addition, you will find one of the first mechanized cotton pickers, manufactured by International Harvester, as you stroll around the compound. Spend an evening enjoying live music at Ground Zero Blues Club or Red’s Lounge, on the corner of Sunflower and MLK street and then pass out in one of the renovated shotgun shacks or one of the newly renovated bins in the Cotton Gin Inn.
Their corrugated tin roofs and Mississippi cypress walls will conjure visions of a bygone era. Restored only enough to accommodate 21st century expectations (indoor bathrooms, heat, air conditioning, coffee maker with condiments, refrigerators and microwave in all the units), the shacks provide comfort as well as authenticity.
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“Perhaps the South’s coolest music venue.” –Roger Stolle (owner of Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art)
The New Roxy is a former cinema located in the historic New World District of Clarksdale Mississippi. After deteriorating over a 30-year vacancy, the New Roxy is being slowly recreated as a vibrant art, music and theater venue.
By nature’s design (the roof had fallen in during the abandoned years), the New Roxy now boasts a stunning view of the stars in the open-air main stage area. The sloping floors of the theater days give a great view of the stage, and the distressed brick walls are rich in texture and history. Muddy Waters is rumored to have played the grand opening of the New Roxy movie house around 1950. If walls could talk…
While the main stage area is open to the elements (and the night sky), there is a front bar with a small, intimate, stage (fully covered and weather-proof!).
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These two venues? You gotta see’em to believe’em.