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Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale

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Nightlife · Blues Bar
Ground Zero is a blues club in Clarksdale, Mississippi that is co-owned by Morgan Freeman, attorney Bill Luckett, Memphis entertainment executive Howard Stovall, and Eric Meier. It got its name from the fact that Clarksdale has been historically referred to as "Ground Zero" for the blues. It opened in May 2001 and is located near the Delta Blues Museum. In the style of juke joints, it is in a repurposed, un-remodeled building, vacant for 30 years, that had housed the wholesale Delta Grocery and Cotton Co. There is no decor, mismatched chairs, Christmas-tree lights, and graffiti everywhere. Blues fans in Clarksdale welcomed it as a place where local musicians have a chance to work regularly.

The menu consists of traditional Southern foods, and the restaurant has live blues music playing Wednesday through Saturday. Super Chikan and Bill "Howl-n-Madd" Perry, not to be confused with the deceased Bill Perry, are two of the most frequent and well-known performers. In addition to the food and music, there are seven upstairs apartments that can be rented out to customers who would like to live the blues experience 24 hours a day.

Ground Zero has appeared in many television shows and publications, including:

60 Minutes

Stephen Fry in America (BBC Documentary), 3rd episode, aired 26 October 2008.

The Mighty Mississippi

"The Story of God W/Morgan Freeman, S1/E3(Who is God)" ([NatGeo])
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  • 12/29 2018 Really good ole blues bar, with decent food. I was scared by some of these other reviews, and actually was hesitant to go, but decided to try it anyway. I'm glad that I did. My wife and 3 young daughters really enjoyed the place and the food as well. NO COVER CHARGE at all during the afternoon that I was there for lunch, call before you go if that's a make or break for you. There may be cover charges at night when the bigger bands play, but none for the afternoon music. There was a wedding party there, other locals just drinking listening to the band. If you're not up tight, you will likely really like this place. My kids played pool at the free pool tables while we waited for our food. Our waitress T was very nice, and a pleasure to talk to. I asked for my Highway 61 burger done medium, it came out perfectly cooked, a little pink inside as I love my burger. The nachos with pulled pork was my wife's choice, and was a huge portion, also delicious. The kids were happy with there kids meals as well. Our total bill was $35. (No drinks, just water drinkers here) so not expensive at all. This is my first review, and I felt compelled to share my experience at Ground Zero because I really liked the place, and recommend trying it for yourself, you'll be glad you did.
  • Go for the music. Get some good drinks. The food is hit or miss. The service is often a miss. This club stays packed. The venue is fun and lively. I haven't had food there that I finished and the wait staff is often dismissive and slow, so I prefer just going to get my own drinks at the bar. This is definitely a locale you should hit if you're in Clarksdale, but think of it as a bar and music venue, not a restaurant.

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