Arts & Culture

A Blues Streak: Mississippi Blues Festivals

There’s nothing hotter—not even the temperatures—than the scorching tunes at these Mississippi music fests

photo: Tim Bower

B. B. King Homecoming Concert

Each year, the B. B. King Museum in Indianola celebrates its legendary native son. Pay homage to the late bluesman and his incredible legacy on June 10 at Indianola’s Club Ebony, which King purchased in 2008 to save the storied joint from closure.

North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic

Held sixteen miles north of Oxford, where Highways 7 and 310 meet near Holly Springs, this campground festival, June 23–24, draws musically inclined descendants of such blues greats as Mississippi Fred McDowell, R. L. Burnside, and Junior Kimbrough.

Otha Turner Family Picnic

What this annual Senatobia reunion—
typically hosted on one of the last weekends in August—doesn’t have: a schedule or a set list. What it does have: fried
catfish, cold beer, and drop-in musical guests who honor the roots of American music with jam sessions lasting deep
into the night.