Mississippi is where the performing arts converge, from music to dance to theatre to storytelling. Visitors and residents enjoy a full spectrum of vibrant live performances at venues throughout the state. Community theatre thrives in the Magnolia State, nurturing a creative spirit among the youth that stays with them for life. Mississippi’s public universities boast state-of-the-art performing arts centers, with a dynamic schedule of programs and performances year-round. Every four years, dancers from around the globe come to Jackson’s Thalia Mara Hall to participate in the USA International Ballet Competition, one of the world’s elite ballet competitions. And in addition to the classical arts, Mississippi is also home to rustic opry houses, intimate concert halls and pull-up-a-chair-guitar-picking picnics and festivals. However your tastes may run, you’ll find a myriad of outstanding performances in Mississippi.

This Blues Marker honors Hernando musicians Gus Cannon, Jim Jackson and Robert Wilkins who helped establish the mid south area as a major blues center in the 1920’s. Gus Cannon was born in nearby Red Banks in 1883 or 1884 […]

James Luther “Jim” Dickinson (1941-2009) played a central role in the North Mississippi and Memphis blues scene for many decades as a producer, vocalist and pianist. Jim Dickinson is best known as the producer of rock artists including Big Star […]

Memphis Minnie, born Lizzie “Kid” Douglas in 1897, is considered by many to be the best female blues singer of all time. She received her first guitar in 1905 as a Christmas present and was among the first twenty performers […]

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Hernando Performing Arts Center is located at Hernando High School. In addition to high school productions, the majority of Kudzu Playhouse performances are held at the Hernando Performing Arts Center. Hernando HS: 662-429-4170 / Kudzu Playhouse: 888-429-7871 […]

Landers Center Theater

Southaven, MS

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DeSoto Family Theatre (DFT) presents family productions throughout the year at the Landers Center Theater, which is adjacent to the Landers Center. Shows like The Sound of Music, The Diary of Anne Frank and Annie are just a few. In […]

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 […]

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 […]

DeSoto County Museum

Hernando, MS

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The museum provides education programs, as well as exhibits on the history of DeSoto County from past to present, showcasing artifacts and exhibits featuring the history of DeSoto County, Mississippi. Artifacts and displays begin with the arrival of Hernando DeSoto […]

Big Walter Horton, also known as Walter “Shakey” Horton was born in Horn Lake on April 6, 1918, moved to Memphis as a child and then on to Chicago where he first appeared on the blues scene in the late […]

The Mississippi Blues Trail – Paul Overstreet – Raised in Vancleave, through the 1980s Paul Overstreet became one of Nashville’s most consistently successful and honored songwriters, penning major hits for George Jones, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, Kenny Chesney, […]

Circle G Ranch is a 231-acre tract, of which 163 acres is most notable for being once owned by Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla. This is where they spent their honeymoon in 1967 when they returned from Las Vegas. Located […]

The Killer’s, Jerry Lee Lewis’, home is referred to as “The Lewis Ranch” – a popular draw for visitors. The Lewis Ranch invites small group tours, which creates an intimate, unrushed experience with a behind the scenes look at Jerry […]