Newsletter December 2014

Dear Friends, 

It has been a good year for the Museum . . . In 2014, we were open more, with more visitors, and received more great reviews from you, our visitors, (!

The Museum received notices and certificates from the State of Mississippi (Mississippi Development Authority) that the annual Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest and our 2nd Street Blues Parties are considered to be an integral part of Mississippi’s Creative Economy!  We also received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor (thanks to your great reviews!). 

New in 2014 in Clarksdale was the Deep Blues Fest, which was organized by Chris Johnson.  In support of this event, the Rock & Blues Museum and Cat Head teamed up to give busking opportunities for blues artists to perform during the day leading up to the main event in the evening.

The Deep Blues Festival was so successful that Cat Head and the Rock & Blues Museum decided to team up again in October 2015 with the Deep Blues Festival to provide busking opportunities once again.

Also new in 2014 was our billboard, you can see it as you drive into Clarksdale south on Highway 61!  A reminder to drop in when you’re visiting the area.

The Museum also hosted two special events for exhibits on Fat Possum Records and artwork from blues artist Liz Mandeville. And we added new permanent displays . . . for Cash McCall, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Guitar Shorty, Johnny Winter and T-Model Ford, together with additions to existing exhibits (Beatles blow-up dolls, thank you John M.) as well as new photos of local artists on display in the Clarksdale room.

In 2014, we raised more than $11,000 thanks to all of the supporters of our fundraising efforts which fulfilled an obligation our SBCP/Delta Bridge grant received in 2013.  We were also awarded 2014 grants from the Community Foundation of NW Mississippi and the Mississippi Arts Commission which furthered our efforts to remain open 7 days a week to serve the community and you.

We aren’t slowing down, 2015 plans to keep us busy! Starting off with the 5th annual Clarksdale Film Festival January 29-31, 2015. 

Film maker Jan Doense has announced that the editing for the film “Cheesehead Blues” is complete and the final version of this film will premier at the upcoming Clarksdale Film Festival. “Cheesehead Blues, adventures of a Dutchman in the Delta” is a documentary about the revitalization of Clarksdale, our Rock & Blues Museum, its founder Theo ‘Boogieman” Dasbach and the local music scene in Clarksdale. The film includes performances and interviews from local and legendary blues musicians and Clarksdale’s movers and shakers! The film with bonus materials is expected to be available on DVD in late January 2015.

We also have plans for adding new exhibits to the Museum in 2015; they include new displays for John Lee Hooker, Conway Twitty, Big George Brock, Eddie Boyd, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup and more autographed photos from Sonny Burgess & the Pacers. 

We are very excited to announce that Big George Brock has donated the doors of his retired tour bus (with beautiful artwork) to the Museum and this display will be ready for viewing in April in time for the Juke Joint Festival.

Speaking of festivals for 2015, we plan to participate in annual Juke Joint Festival as a main stage and several related events, the Clarksdale Caravan Music festival and the annual 2nd Street Blues parties and other busking opportunities for blues musicians.

Getting to the business of business, our fundraising activities are, of course, ongoing.  Our fundraising campaign in 2013/2014 was a great success, but we need to keep the momentum going in 2015. 

We’re asking you once again for your support and you can donate in one of several ways.  Visit our website and click on the "donate" button to donate by credit card or by Paypal or you can send a check to the Rock & Blues Museum, 113 E. 2nd Street, Clarksdale, MS  38614.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your donation may be tax deductible! (always consult your tax advisor). 

We are also looking for volunteers to assist our staff in the Museum for a day or so per week to greet visitors.  If you live in or around the Clarksdale area and are interest in volunteering, please email us at

You can play a big part in keeping our Museum mission going strong by donating, volunteering and sharing this newsletter with your friends!

Thank you again to all our donors and the grantors, we could not do it without you! We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!

Keeping the blues heritage alive,

Theo Dasbach, Executive Director

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