Music in Mississippi

Visitors come to Mississippi from around the world to enjoy our excellent cuisine, southern hospitality, and magnificent music. Whether you’re looking to dive deep into blues music history or add live entertainment to your vacation itinerary, Mississippi speaks to generations of music lovers. Visit Mississippi can help you find ways to enjoy the historical landmarks, fun festivals, and up-and-coming musical acts during your stay.

Deeply intertwined in the fabric of Mississippi’s past are the legends of the blues and country music that defined the genres forever. From B.B. King to Charley Pride, the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country Music Trail plot courses for music lovers that span the state and decades throughout history.  

Take a Journey Through Music History

Deeply intertwined in the fabric of Mississippi’s past are the legends of the blues and country music that defined the genres forever. From B.B. King to Charley Pride, the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country Music Trail plot courses for music lovers that span the state and decades throughout history.  

Mississippi Blues Trail 

Known as the Birthplace of the Blues, Mississippi is where Sunnyland Slim, B.B. King, and other blues music trailblazers called home. Each mile marker and museum along the trail share an important piece of blues history, while seasonal festivals and special events enhance your journey along the way. 

Mississippi Country Music Trail 

Watch country music history unfold before your eyes. Organized by region, the Mississippi Country Music Trail lets you learn more about the roots of country music and the influences that have contributed to the sounds of country music as we know it today. Whether you prefer to reminisce about old favorites or learn more about modern musicians, this trail offers something for everyone. 

Musical Hot Spots

Whether you’re on a road trip with the family or embarking on a weekend escape away from the grind, the Magnolia State has much to offer music lovers and history buffs. While plotting out your itinerary, make time for memorable stops along the way. Here are some popular locations that are sure to help your vacation hit all the right notes: 

  • GRAMMY Museum 
  • B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center 
  • Delta Blues Museum 
  • Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience 
  • Ole Miss Blues Archive 
  • The Lewis Ranch, Home of Jerry Lee Lewis 
  • Maywood Music House 
  • Elvis Presley’s Birthplace 

If you prefer hard-rocking anthems played digitally or soulful blues on vinyl, these points of interest allow you to travel through history and soak up the sounds of the region. 

Plan Your Vacation Around Our Events Calendar

In Mississippi, dinner and live music are never too far away. While taking in the downtown scene near your hotel or bed and breakfast, make time to catch a live show. Pair southern downhome cooking and live music at an intimate venue in town or score tickets to see your favorite performer live in concert. Many names grace local stages on a regular basis. Plus, seasonal festivals and special events will often bring big names in the music industry to the state. Check out our events calendar to see who’s headlining during your stay. 

Experience Mississippi Music for Yourself

Whether you’re into blues, rock, gospel, or country, Mississippi is home to some of the greatest musicians and bands of all time. Let Visit Mississippi help your find the best tunes in town. Request a tour guide or use our trip planner to get started. For more information, reach out to us today. 

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The histories of blues and jazz are often traced along separate pathways, but, especially on the Gulf Coast, the two genres were intertwined from the earliest days. Blues was a key element in the music of Pass Christian’s illustrious native […]

The Biscuit Company

Vicksburg, MS

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Overlooking the scenic mighty Mississippi River, the historically rustic and vintage brick building now hosts the charming venue. It’s rich with the history of the namesake and downtown Vicksburg while overflowing with character. All of the delicious items on the […]

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Born in 1874, Gus Cannon was an American blues musician who played the banjo, “played the jug” and who helped to popularize jug bands (such as his own Cannon’s Jug Stompers) in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote and first […]

The Alamo Theatre

Jackson, MS

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Landmarked, historic theater presents a variety of film screenings & live productions. Since 1942, the Alamo Theatre has evolved from a western and African-American film establishment to a place that hosted historic artists, such as B.B. King, Nat King Cole […]

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival is part of the Mississippi Blues Trail. Since 1991 this festival has featured southern soul, blues, zydeco and gospel acts. Mississippi blues and soul headliners have included Bobby Rush, Theodis Ealey, O.B. Buchana […]

Cottonwood Public House

Vicksburg, MS

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Visit Cottonwood Public House and find your new favorite spot to create memories. Located in the heart of historic downtown Vicksburg, MS, this iconic brewery was started by childhood friends. Come by to experience their creative vision come to life […]

Born in October 1899, Joe Callicott was a Nesbit native who spent his whole life in the area south of Memphis and is regarded as one of Mississippi’s finest early bluesmen. His chief musical associate was Garfield Akers and it […]

MSU Riley Center

Meridian, MS

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The Riley Center, also known as the Grand Opera House and formally as the Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts, is a performing arts and conference center in Meridian, Mississippi. It was added to the National […]

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The most significant landmark of Tupelo’s modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. From this humble beginning, Elvis Presley began his swift rise to become the world’s […]

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The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra formed in 1962! The mission of the Gulf Coast Symphony is to bring quality music to the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. […]

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A uniquely Southern Restaurant in a former two bay gas station. Come taste why the Klondyke is voted Vicksburg’s Best Hamburger, Best Catfish, Best Steak, Best Lunch and Best Everything year after year after year. […]

Landers Center

Southaven, MS

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Landers Center is a multi-facet facility capable of hosting a wide variety of events each year. The arena plays host to the Memphis Hustle, of the NBA’s G-League. Not only is basketball held in the arena, but other sporting events […]