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 the ten best live music venues in Mississippi.

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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.

Duling Hall in the Fondren District in Jackson, Mississippi

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Martin’s Downtown | 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.

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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.

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. It’s also home to one of Mississippi’s best and most famous blues clubs, Ground Zero, which was named in recognition of Clarksdale’s legendary status as the birthplace of blues music. A real deal Delta Blues experience can only come where it all started right?

Ground Zero Blues Club | Biloxi

Recently opened and featuring some of the best in live music, Ground Zero Biloxi shares the same legendary blues as its Clarksdale location – with a dash of Coastal flavor. With a fantastic menu of local cuisine and a weekly calendar of blues acts, Ground Zero Biloxi is one of the Coast’s newest hotspots.

Red’s Blues Club | Clarksdale

If you’re looking for an authentic, no-frills Delta Blues juke joint, Red’s is the ticket. On any given night, you can see nationally known blues acts or up-and-coming stars up close.