Course Detail: MBDSLL - GAD204 Mississippi Blues

GAD 204 Birthplace of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll
Clarksdale, MS and Cleveland, MS
Friday, Aug. 2 - Sunday, Aug. 4
Refund Deadline: July 25
Trip Leader: Shirley du Pont (
Depart UA Gadsden Center: 8:30 a.m., Friday
Return UA Gadsden Center: 5 p.m., Sunday
Fee: $390 Double, $560 Single
Activity Level: Easy

Clarksdale is the birthplace of the blues and rock 'n' roll. The first rock and roll song ever recorded, "Rocket 88," was written and rehearsed in Clarksdale by Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston. The first song Elvis Presley ever recorded was written by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, a local gospel singer, who wrote "That's All Right". A trip to the B.B. King Museum will get us ready for the Ground Zero Blues Club. The club opened in 2001 and is owned by Morgan Freeman (yes, that Morgan Freeman). We will take a historic tour by Robert Birdsong, a former Clarksdale fireman and cultural historian, to learn about the area. A visit to Dockery Farms, a place considered by many, including blues legend B.B. King, to be the birthplace of the blues. The trip will also include a visit to the Grammy Museum to learn about Grammy Awards history.

Course Pre-Requisites
(required) OLLI at UA - Annual Membership 2023-2024

 Session Information: LL-2408-MBDSLL-01 (1 seats (11%) remaining)

Schedule: Every day, starting on 08/02/24 and ending on 08/04/24
Times: 08:30am-05:00pm CDT

Facility Detail

Delta Blues Museum
1 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, MS 38614

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation charge of 100.00% will be assessed on cancellations occurring within 8 days of the start of this session.