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Yazoo County Blues and Heritage Tour

Tour Length: Approx. 4 hrs. Arrive at Blue Front Cafe Hear the history of the Bentonia Style Blues, told by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes Bentonia Style Music performed by Jimmy Duck Holmes, Stop by and view the 3 MS Blues Trail Markers in Bentonia, MS (Skip James, Jack Owens, and the Blue Front Cafe) Leave for Yazoo City (15 minute drive) Lunch at Local Restaurant Visit Yazoo City’s Mississippi Blues Trail Markers (“Gatemouth” Moore and Tommy McClennan) Travel to and tour the Oakes African-American Cultural Center (A showcase of the African American Culture of Yazoo County) Leave for Next Destination   Other Available Attractions: Hear the story of the legendary “witch of Yazoo” read by local story teller dressed in costume, and view the grave site of Willie Morris, author of Good Old Boy and My Dog Skip. (located in Glenwood Cemetery) Greg Harkins Woodworks, “Chairmaker to the Presidents” ADMISSION REQUIRED

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Yazoo County African-American Heritage Tour

Yazoo County African-American Heritage Tour Tour length: Approx. 5 hrs. Arrive at Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau Office and Visitor Center Travel to Oakes African American Cultural Center (UPDATE: The Oakes House is currently closed for renovations. We will update you as soon as the Center has re-opened, hopefully by mid/late 2015. Stay tuned.) Tour Oakes African American Cultural Center (A showcase of the African American Culture in Yazoo County) Stop in front of Ubon’s Restaurant, Visit Gatemouth Moore’s Blues Trail Marker Stop in front of St. Francis, Visit St. Francis Mission School Marker Stop in front of Yazoo City Amtrak Platform, Visit Tommy McClennan’s Blues Trail Marker Leave for Bentonia, Mississippi Lunch at Hall of Fame Restaurant (or other group choice) Arrive at the Blue Front Cafe Hear the History of Bentonia Style Blues told by Jimmy Duck Holmes Bentonia Style Music performed by Jimmy Duck Holmes, Stop

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Join Us for Open House!

Grand Opening! Please join us as we celebrate the opening of our new office and visitor center at our new location in the 49 Junction shopping center on Jerry Clower Boulevard (Highway 49) in Yazoo City! Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau 110 N. Jerry Clower Blvd., Suite S Yazoo City, Mississippi   Click here for a Google map to our new location!   Thursday, January 17, 2013 Open House 10am-Noon After-Hours Open House 5pm-7pm We hope you will join us for one, or both, of these events! We are excited to share with you our new office and visitor center, and MORE! Stay turned to our e-newsletter, our page on Facebook and our Twitter feed for updates on all the exciting things we have in store for Yazoo County in 2013! RSVP to either event on our Facebook event page below, or e-mail info@yazoo.org: https://www.facebook.com/events/147449805407020/  

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Happy New Year from Yazoo County CVB!

Happy New Year! WOW! What a year 2012 has been for Yazoo County, Mississippi! We brought the family out to historic downtown Yazoo City for the 8th annual Jerry Clower Festival, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Bentonia Blues Festival in the place where it all began, we brought the best of the best in Memphis style BBQ from all over the US to Yazoo City for the 2nd annual Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival, we were honored by the state tourism office with an award for CVB of the Year in our budget category, and so much more! It’s been a remarkable year for Yazoo County, and we know even more fun and excitement is in store for our visitors in 2013! Take a look at some media highlights from 2012: Yazoo City’s Glenwood Cemetery, home of the “witch’s grave,” chosen as the Second Spookiest cemetery

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Ubon’s Barbeque

Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo http://fcjbunclody.ie/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/04/ 801 Jerry Clower Blvd. Yazoo City www.ubons.net 662-716-7100 Ubon’s BBQ Sauce, rebranded in 2012 at Ubons Sauce (because it is WAY more just “just” a BBQ sauce!) has been a Roark family tradition for five generations. Monnie and Lute Roark, in Southeast Missouri, first made the sauce, and thus began a long tradition of barbeque in the Roark family.  Their son, Ubon, learned the family secret and brought it with him to Yazoo City, Mississippi.  Ubon’s son, Garry Roark, began competition barbeque in 1989 and has never looked back.  Their restaurant in Yazoo City, opened in 2003, is a whole family affair, with Garry and his daughter Leslie, the “barbeque princess,” personally greeting their guests on most days (except when they are out winning awards on the BBQ circuit, of course). Ubon’s Restaurant has attracted visitors from all over the world. Their walls are covered with thousands

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Ladies’ Night Out

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Ladies’ Night Out Thursday, December 18th 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm $500 in Yazoo Dollars will be given away in 5 $100 drawings! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO WIN. Must be 18 or over. Participating Merchants: Anderson’s Jewelry Bow Ties & Tutus Children’s Consignment Black & White Dept. Store Downtown Marketplace Main Street Market Simple Girls Boutique & Gift Shop Good Hope General Merchandise Rose’s Downtown Bakery Grace Hardware & Knutty Knitters Vintage Hair Salon and Boutique Yazoo Drug Company  For more information, call Power 107 at 662-746-7676

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Yazoo Christmas Parade 2012

“Miracle on Main Street” cash back loans Get a glimpse of Santa himself at the annual Yazoo Christmas Parade – Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 6pm on historic Main Street in Yazoo City!  Download the parade application here – Miracle on Main Street – Yazoo Christmas Parade 2012 – Application

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Tommy McClennan

Tommy McClennan Physical, intense Mississippi blues. Underrated guitar player.  Born on a farm in April, 1908, and grew up in nearby Yazoo City, Mississippi. Played across the South Delta in towns like Greenwood, Indianola and Itta Bena during the 1920s and through the 1930s, sometimes with his only local rival, and stylistic “sound-a-like”, Robert Petway. Reportedly, McClennan was a very nervous and slightly built man, but he must have really rocked in those Mississippi juke joints. There’s been a lot of negative writing about McClennan in the past, but Big Tony is telling you: this is one of the great Delta artists. He’s a powerful and convincing vocalist, and his playing has both impact and nuance; this is one of the Big Guys. Lester Melrose arranged his first recording session, for Bluebird in November, 1939; and around 1940 Tommy moved to Chicago. His first recordings sold rather well, and he

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“Gatemouth” Moore

“Gatemouth” Moore Arnold Dwight “Gatemouth” Moore, a lesser-known blues icon is recognized for some of his blues compositions – “Did You Ever Love A Woman”, “I Ain’t Mad at You, Pretty Baby”, “Somebody’s Got To Go”. Blues greats such as B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, and Jimmy Witherspoon also recorded some of his tunes. In 1930 Moore moved from Memphis to Kansas City, where he worked with several jazz bands during1930s and 40s. manicsquirrel.com/etherion/st/ cash in check Most of Moore’s later recordings were in the gospel vein, however, in 1977 Moore made his final album, Great R&B Oldies, revisiting the blues. Moore retired to Yazoo City many years before his death in 2004. He was honored\ by a resolution from the Mississippi state legislature, commending him for his illustrious career in blues and gospel.

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Skip James

Nehemiah “Skip” James James grew up in Bentonia and is said to have learned the Bentonia Blues style from Henry Stuckey.  Highly emotive, often strange, James was one of a half-dozen virtuosos of Delta blues. He stood out from other artists not only because of his skill, but because of his courage in pursuing his creative vision when it went contrary to popular taste. With dark themes and sophisticated finger-picking, James helped redefine what could be done with three-chord music. Added to that was his superior vocal phrasing and wild piano playing. Whether because of religious background or personal hardships, his music usually reflected a dire outlook on life. One writer said it always seemed like night when Skippy sang the blues. The son of a minister, James for a while tried to find his life purpose preaching and singing in a choir, but he eventually returned to secular music.

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