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The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola was formed in November 2003.  A group of Indianola blues enthusiasts had a vision when plans for the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center and the Mississippi Blues Trail were in their early stages.  In 1945, the Historic Historic Club Ebony opened its doors.  The B.B. King Museum now owns this famous blues club that B.B. King has been performing in for decades. 

The Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland and the Delta community of Holly Ridge where Charlie Patton is buried are only a few miles down the road from Indianola.  Being in an area that is rich with blues history and an abundant supply of talented blues musicians, the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola has found much meaning.  Nurturing this art form and honoring the stories along with the storytellers has been very important to the members of this organization.. 

The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 organization (Tax ID# 26-3193113). 

The Mission Statement of the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola reads as follows:

The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola is organized to operate for the advancement of education and for other non-profit purposes related to blues music, by the distribution of its funds for such purposes and particularly to:

  1. Preserve, cultivate, nurture, and promote the blues of the Mississippi Delta, an indigenous American cultural expression.
  2. Support blues artists and traditional blues venues by hosting/sponsoring live performances for public benefit and enjoyment.
  3. Increase awareness of and appreciation for the blues through collaborative educational efforts.
  4. Provide a forum for exchange of blues news and events within a network of blues enthusiasts.
  5. Support Mississippi Delta events and organizations through innovative blues-related partnerships.

The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, Inc. welcomes membership donations from any individual, firm, association, corporation, or estate interested in the purposes and objectives of the organization on a nondiscriminatory basis.


Past & Annual Projects, Partnerships & Support

Down Home Blues Festival – One year

Dick Waterman Book Signing – BBKing’s Treasures

Bordeaux (France)-Delta Blues Connection 2-week Delta Juke Tour
Annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival Sponsor, Highway 61 Blues Festival

Katrina Relief Partnership with Bordeaux Blues Artists

Dorothy “Misty Blue” Moore Book Signing – Little Dorothy

Annual MS Delta Regional Blues Challenge – October
See Challenge Tab for more info

Annual International Blues Challenge-Memphis, TN (Solo & Band) - January

Blues Artist of the Year and other Annual Awards

Holly Ridge Jam – Co-sponsor w/ Leland Blues Project –September

Steve Gardner (Japan) and the Jake Leg Stompers at Club Ebony

Mary Shepard Tribute at Club Ebony Retirement Party

Presented: Gov. Barbour Proclamation – April 6, 2008 Mary Frances Shepard Day

Co-Sponsored Eden Brent for Mid-Delta Arts Association Season Opening

Annual B.B. King Homecoming - Chamber of Commerce Volunteers

Annual "Welcome to the Delta" Teach for America Teachers Party

Annual "Keeping the Blues Alive" Nomination

Supporter of The B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
Music on the Lawn and Youth Leadership Program

Historic Club Ebony

Bridging the Blues

Indianola Bayou Arts & Crafts Festival

Leland Blues Project

Mighty Mississippi Music Festival/Highway 61 Festival

Mississippi Blues Trail and License Plate Program

Musician's Benefit Support & Assistance
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