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The Birthplace of American Music

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The Legend

This story takes us to the 1930s and the Deep South. Legend has it that Robert Johnson, the King of the Delta Blues and the very first rock star, did just such a thing. As a young man from Mississippi, aspiring to be humanity’s greatest ever guitar player, and desperate because he didn’t feel he was even close, Johnson apparently met Satan at a crossroad where he offered his soul in exchange for extraordinary talent, and ultimately an exit from his pitiful life


His talent was indeed extraordinary, as his legacy of 29 songs recorded in no more than a year attest, as well as the high praise he earned years later from names such as Eric Clapton, Muddy Watters, Bob Dylan, and Keith Richards among the many others. With his life shrouded in mystery, his early death at the age of 27, and the content of the songs he wrote, the myth of Johnsons’ alleged deal has only grown.


Johnson was one of 11 children. At a young age, he was fascinated by music and perhaps saw it as a potential way out of his hard life as a lonely adolescent African-American living in the South in the very thick of the Great Depression.  His death brought intriguing questions as to exactly how he managed to write one of the most influential blues songs in music history and become an icon for decades after. With a lack of facts regarding his life, his story was mostly joined together by fascinated individuals collecting hearsay stories from the cities in which he performed and through the subjective interpretations of his lyrics. The lyric “I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees, I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees, Asked the Lord above ‘Have mercy now, save poor Bob if you please'” — over time, has become a symbolic representation of a sinful man asking forgiveness for selling his soul to the devil.


It certainly makes sense, doesn’t it? How could he possess such a talent? How could a boy attract such vast crowds from all around, on every street corner from his home town Hazlehurst in Mississippi, through to Chicago and all the way to the border of Canada? Only by moving his fingers and slightly opening his lips? How? Surely, it couldn’t be hard work and dedication? it must be something else! It must be the devil’s work. These must have been the first thoughts that came to the minds of many when they witnessed the shy and often times withdrawn boy playing out of nowhere like that.


Thus, a legend was born. A legend about a boy with a harmonica as his only friend and a guitar he was unable to play, a boy so fed up with his lonely life, he took his guitar to the intersection of Highways 49 (“The Blues Highway”) and 61 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to ask the Devil to fine-tune it and give him a way out of his misery and American Music was Born. Martin Chalakoski

The Legacy

The Birthplace of American Music Festival  is a musical festival created to pay homage to the root of American music, the Blues, and pay tribute to all the genres that grew from it.  Its influence can be traced to different parts of the United States. Music is a monumental part of American culture because it has the power to unify people and cross borders. Just one song can have the power to bring millions of people from all different backgrounds together.   It is a matter of taste and opinions, not intellectual arguments. Another important fact that ties blues music to black communities is that it has visible roots in Africa. It was a way that the early slaves could express themselves and communicate when they were being forcibly relocated and when there were restrictions on what cultural activities they could pursue. In a time where their world was being turned upside down, music served as an escape and form of communication/expression for early black communities. The ability of music to act as a binding factor provides the culture with a strong sense of connectivity. The beginnings of American Blues music as a separate genre in the United States started with the advent of slave spirituals from Sub-Saharan Africa, European Folk, and African popular music.  It's growth, development and transformation created, Jazz, R&B, Rock & Roll, Country, Hip Hop and many more enjoyed all over the World hundreds of years later.


The BAM Fest  will takes place in over 10 different Venues in the Downtown area with multiple performances for your enjoyment.  Live bands will perform in Downtown Clarksdale in all the area juke joints, blues clubs, event centers and staging areas for this festivial.. Some of the best Food in the Mississippi Delta will be on display during the BAM Fest.  Live performers will also grace the MLK stage area making the BAM Fest  one of the 1st festivial hosted on this stage.  This Street food festival will have not only Live music but also live broadcast on local radio stations and can be streamed world wide,  This will be history in the making. Come be a part of it.

INVEST FEST- Invoking New Visions Every Since Today.

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The Vision

The BAM Fest  will not only amaze you with some of the Best entertainment you will see this side the Mississippi, but also INVEST in the city that made it all possible, by invoking new visions ever since today.  INVEST Fest is a community initiative to promote community service and promote positive direction for  the future greats of Clarksdale.  It will display local, regional, and national talent whie providing meaningful community resources to help cultivate culture & empower the people.  This event will not only entertain but inspire the next generation to take advantage of all this city has to offer.

JUNE 14TH Events

Friday

BAM FEST Pre KICK-OFF

5pm - 2am

Delta Blues Alley Café 352 DELTA AVE

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Friday

BAM FEST Pre KICK-OFF

LIVE MUSIC TBA  AND LIVE BROADCASTED RADIO DJ 

-$10 Cover in advance - $15 @ the Door

FREE TO ALL SPONSPERS!!!!!!

5pm - 2am

Delta Blues Alley Café 352 DELTA AVE

JUNE 15TH EVENTS

Saturday

INVEST FEST

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

MLK STAGE - SUNFLOWER AVE.

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Saturday

INVEST FEST

Live Music, Speakers, Food, Fun , and Community Involvement.  Free Food, Games, etc for the Kids.  Free items given away to the public.  FREE EVENT TO THE  PUBLIC - LAWN CHAIRS WELCOME- NO GRILLS OR COOLERS

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

MLK STAGE - SUNFLOWER AVE.

Saturday

BAM FEST - THIS IS A WRISTBAND EVENT.

4:00 pm-2:00 am

SPECIFIC VENUE LOCATIONS & SCHEDULE - TBA

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Saturday

BAM FEST - THIS IS A WRISTBAND EVENT.

  • IKE TURNER JR & THE 2ND GENERATION
  • SHIRLEY KING & COMPANY 
  • JR BLU
  • BIG A & THE ALL STARS W/ SPACE COWBOY
  • TERRY 'HARMONICA' BEAN
  • LUCIOUS SPILLER
  • THE SOUTHERN SOUL BAND
  • JORDAN SLEDGE & THE NIGHTCAST
  • FRED T & THE BAND
  • ROBERT KIMBROUGH & BAND
  • OTIS 'TCB' TAYLOR AND BAND
  • 41ST ARMY BAND JAZZ COMBO
  • MALIK 'BIG MO' ABDULLAH
  • LADY TRUCKER
  • AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!


SURPRISE TRIBUTES TO THE LEGENDS OF AMERICAN MUSIC ANNUALLY.  


4:00 pm-2:00 am

SPECIFIC VENUE LOCATIONS & SCHEDULE - TBA

Sunday

Blues, Breakfast & Brunch

8:00am - 2:00pm

DOWNTOWN CLARKSDALE MS

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Sunday

Blues, Breakfast & Brunch

Bluesberry Café (Music TBA)

Grandma's House of Pancakes

8:00am - 2:00pm

DOWNTOWN CLARKSDALE MS

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Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission to make the Birthplace of American Music Great again and our vision to INVEST in the city.

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BAM Fest 2019

352 Delta, Clarksdale, MS 38614, US

(662) 621-2221