The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola was formed in November 2003. A group of Indianola blues enthusiasts had a vision when plans for the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center and the Mississippi Blues Trail were in their early stages. In 1945, the Historic Historic Club Ebony opened its doors. The B.B. King Museum now owns this famous blues club that B.B. King has been performing in for decades.
The Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland and the Delta community of Holly Ridge where Charlie Patton is buried are only a few miles down the road from Indianola. Being in an area that is rich with blues history and an abundant supply of talented blues musicians, the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola has found much meaning. Nurturing this art form and honoring the stories along with the storytellers has been very important to the members of this organization..
The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 organization (Tax ID# 26-3193113).
The Mission Statement of the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola reads as follows:
The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola is organized to operate for the advancement of education and for other non-profit purposes related to blues music, by the distribution of its funds for such purposes and particularly to:
Preserve, cultivate, nurture, and promote the blues of the Mississippi Delta, an indigenous American cultural expression.
Support blues artists and traditional blues venues by hosting/sponsoring live performances for public benefit and enjoyment.
Increase awareness of and appreciation for the blues through collaborative educational efforts.
Provide a forum for exchange of blues news and events within a network of blues enthusiasts.
Support Mississippi Delta events and organizations through innovative blues-related partnerships.
The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, Inc. welcomes membership donations from any individual, firm, association, corporation, or estate interested in the purposes and objectives of the organization on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Past & Annual Projects, Partnerships & Support
Down Home Blues Festival – One year
Dick Waterman Book Signing – BBKing’s Treasures
Bordeaux (France)-Delta Blues Connection 2-week Delta Juke Tour
Annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival Sponsor, Highway 61 Blues Festival
Katrina Relief Partnership with Bordeaux Blues Artists
Dorothy “Misty Blue” Moore Book Signing – Little Dorothy
Annual MS Delta Regional Blues Challenge – October