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Bones Fest XXIII in Clarksdale, MS on May 2-5, 2019

Bones Fest XXIII will be in Clarksdale, Mississippi on May 2-5, 2019. The event will be based at the Shack Up Inn (shackupinn.com), the site of the historic Hopson Plantation on blues highway 49, 3 miles south of the “CROSSROADS”, where legend states that bluesman Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for becoming the greatest blues player of all times.

Located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, Clarksdale is considered, worldwide, to be the birthplace of the blues, with roots in the work songs and field hollers of the African slaves who cleared the harsh rainforests and created and worked the cotton fields in the most fertile delta soil on Earth. Blues music became the basis for jazz, country, rock and roll and Americana music and the Delta is considered “the birthplace of American music.” Over 100 blues markers dot the landscape and you can actually feel the spirit of the people who made history on the flat fertile Mississippi Delta. Blues fans travel here from all over the world to witness and experience for themselves the land where the blues began. There is a magnetism that draws them back year after year to learn more and feel more of this intriguing place. I have been coming here since 2004 and have spent the last five winters here and am myself a victim of this phenomena. Clarksdale is truly a blues Mecca. Click on the photograph to learn more.

Day time activities would take place around the plantation and would involve workshops, performances and jam sessions at the many locations available. Friday evening location would be the Hambone Art and Music Gallery featuring the Hopeless Case Bar; rhythm bones playing and instruction will be welcome starting at 8:00. Saturday evening individual rhythm bones presentations will take place from 7 to 9pm at Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by actor Morgan Freeman and others, and voted Number One blues club in the world. There will be a core of musicians with guitars, fiddle, accordion, bass, harmonica and drums available at all performance venues or use recorded music or some of the great musicians that always show up at Bones Fests. Randy Seppala, Bones Fest XXIII host, dabonesman@gmail.com. Click on the photograph to almost taste the food.