10 Best Live Music Venues in Mississippi

Mississippi is known as “The Birthplace of America’s Music,” and that title still holds true today. The state that produced talents such as Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Jimmie Rodgers and many other music legends has some of the most unique music venues to catch the next big thing in Mississippi music. Here is our list of 10 best live music venues in Mississippi.

Thirsty Hippo – Hattiesburg

Located in downtown Hattiesburg, The Thirsty Hippo incorporates a diverse mix of music acts hailing from all over the Southeast. Referred to as “The Hippo” by locals, The Thirsty Hippo has two performance areas, each with its own bar, to accommodate both small and large acts. Click here to see their upcoming music schedule: Thirsty Hippo

Smoot’s Grocery – Natchez

Smoot's Grocery Lounge is located on the corner of Broadway Street and High Street, just beside Steampunk Coffee Roasters. A restored Juke Joint, Smoot's is in the historical heart of downtown Natchez, overlooking the Mighty Mississippi and takes great pride in bringing in artists from all corners and showcasing local talent. Click here for more information: Smoots Grocery

Duling Hall – Jackson

Located in the heart of Fondren in Jackson, Duling Hall was once an elementary school in the 1920s - giving the space a classic and vintage vibe. Duling Hall has seen many changes, but has never lost its charm. From national acts to local talent you can catch just about any genre of music throughout the year. Click here to see their calendar: Duling Hall.

The Lyric – Oxford

The structure that is now called The Lyric was originally a livery stable owed by William Faulkner’s family in the early part of the 20th century. Located just off the Square, The Lyric was reborn as an event space in 2007 hosting national and local acts on a weekly basis. Click here for concert dates: The Lyric

Blue Canoe – Tupelo

It’s only natural that the birthplace of Elvis Presley would have a live music venue worthy of Mississippi music fame. Along with great music on a nightly basis, The Blue Canoe offers up a Southern-inspired menu worth traveling for. Music calendar: Blue Canoe

Government Street Grocery – Ocean Springs

Government Street is the epicenter of Ocean Springs. Located right in the middle, providing live music day in day out, is The Government Street Grocery. Known for their burgers, beer and live music served in a neighborhood setting – Government Street Grocery is a must visit when around the Mississippi Gulf Coast. See more: Gov't Street Grocery

Dockery Plantation – Dockery

Arguably one of the most historically significant music venues in Mississippi resides in Dockery, MS. Dockery Plantation is entrenched in blues lore and known as the “Birthplace of the Blues.” Catching a show at Dockery should be of your music bucket list. Click here to learn more: Dockery Plantation

Martin’s – Jackson

Martin’s has been a downtown Jackson staple since 1953. Since 1998, Martin’s has been one of the top music venues in Mississippi’s Capital City, featuring live music every week of the year. It has a little bit of everything, including a menu that locals go crazy for. Click here for upcoming events: Martin's

Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern – Starkville

Dave’s Dark horse Tavern has become one of the most well-known locations for live music in Starkville. “Dave’s” is THE place to go when looking for great pizza and live music, and gives you an authentic tavern experience. Click here for upcoming shows: Dave's Darkhorse Tavern

Ground Zero Blues Club – Clarksdale

Clarksdale is the town where legend has it Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at “The Crossroads” to become the world’s greatest bluesman, is also home to one of Mississippi’s best and most famous blues clubs.  Clarksdale has long been described as "Ground Zero" for blues aficionados from around the globe. Located at Blues Alley next door to the Delta Blues Museum in the heart of historic downtown Clarksdale, Ground Zero is owned by Bill Luckett and Academy Award-winning actor and Mississippi Delta resident, Morgan Freeman. A real deal Delta Blues experience can only come where it all started right? Here’s what they have going on: Ground Zero

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