Newson Center, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Ground Zero Blues Club

The Top Rated Blues Club in the Country…

The night time is the right time for Mississippi Delta music at Ground Zero.

Ground Zero Blues Club.

in the historic Arts & Culture District of Clarksdale, Mississippi!

Clarksdale, Mississippi has long been described as “Ground Zero” for blues aficionados from around the globe. The blues and rock and roll all started here. Ground Zero Blues Club® was created — to celebrate the area’s rich music heritage, and to provide a forum for Clarksdale’s music legacy to continue.

Ground Zero Blues Club owners, Bill Luckett and Morgan Freeman

Ground Zero Blues Club owners, Bill Luckett and Morgan Freeman (photo by Nathan Duff)

Located at Ø Blues Alley next door to the Delta Blues Museum in the heart of the historic downtown Arts & Culture District in Clarksdale, Ground Zero Blues Club® opened in May 2001. The principal owners are local attorney and businessman, Bill Luckett and Academy Award-winning actor and Mississippi Delta resident, Morgan Freeman. Ground Zero Blues Club® is the place for anyone looking for an authentic Delta Blues and Mississippi Delta music experience.

The Ground Zero mission is to showcase the best of today’s Mississippi Delta musicians. Although some national acts perform from time to time, visitors are more likely to find the “real deal” at Ground Zero Blues Club® — those musicians who live in the Mississippi Delta and continue in the tradition of their blues forefathers Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

Wednesday through Saturday there is always live music at Ground Zero Blues Club® (and even on a few Sundays when the occasion arises).

Ground Zero Food
The food and the music is always great at Ground Zero (photo from GZBC gallery)

The food and the music is always great at Ground Zero (photo from GZBC gallery)

Are you ready for some authentic down home Southern food? (The grilled catfish is superb!) The Ground Zero kitchen serves a range of appetizers: fried pickles and green tomatoes, mozzarella sticks, famous Delta hot tamales, nachos, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, mushrooms and more. Prices range from $4.95 to $13.95 for a huge appetizer sampler.

From a super fried chicken salad to a bacon and egg side track salad, Ground Zero has an array of salad choices, prices range from $4.50 to $11.95 for a delicious “grilled catfish gobble gobble hambone” treat.

Sandwich choices are a Ground Zero thrill, from a grilled catfish BLT to great southern burgers to a chopped steak hoagie. Prices range from $4.95 to $8.95 for Ruth’s famous chili cheese burger.

Entree choices start with Potato Ala Morgan (his favorite). You’ll find BBQ choices, fish, chicken, steaks, Mr. Turner’s hot tamales and more. Prices start at $8.95.

(Oh yes, the “come-back”sauce at Ground Zero; it does its job!)

Ground Zero & The Media
Super Chikan

Super Chikan playing with one of his custom made quitars frequently appears at Ground Zero. (image by Darrin Phegley / The Gleaner)

There is ever constant print and television media coverage about this important cornerstone in the birthplace of the blues and rock and roll. Performances, events, and celebrations become news here. Ground Zero Blues Club® has been featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes, CNN, Turner South, The Food Network, The Travel Channel, and The Discovery Channel and was the site for filming of Last of The Mississippi Jukes and Blues Divas.

The Top Blues Club in America… and more!

Ground Zerowas recently voted #1 blues club in the nation by bestbluesclub.org. In 2005, Ground Zero was also named as one of the “Top 100 Bars and Nightclubs in America.”

The club has been featured in publications such as National Geographic Traveler, Southern Living, USA Today, Esquire Japan, Food and Wine, The Washington Post and TV Guide — to name but a few.