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Live Blue Monday events have been put on hold as long as the pandemic makes it too risky for our musicians and fans to gather at Hal & Mal's.  We will let you know when we are able to resume live Blue Monday; we are hoping for March or April 2021.


In the meantime, there will be new performances 

of the Blue Monday Band and guests (no audience) shown on the CMBS Facebook page every Monday night from 7:30 to 9PM CST, beginning December 7, 2020.   Be sure to tune in!

A big THANK YOU to Annie Fairley (LilMissSoul) for running some of her archived Blue Monday shows during the Fall.

Please join us on the Central MS Blues Society Facebook page every Monday night through the winter months.  

PS:  If you are a member of CMBS and would like for your band to have a guest spot on one of our Virtual Blue Monday shows, let us know at and we'll provide details.  If you're not yet a member, you can join at our "join" page.


Bobby Rush Honored

Malcolm Shepherd presented blues legend Bobby Rush with the Central Mississippi Blues Society Lifetime Achievement.  Bobby renamed the award the "Mississippi Grammy!  Play video to see the award at Blue Monday.


Pat Brown - Ms Equal Opportunity

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Melvyn "Housecat" Hendrex


James "The Rock" Gray

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Central Mississippi Blues Society, Inc. proudly welcomes our newest partner, Visit Jackson!

Visit Jackson (Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau) is the official Destination Marketing Organization charged with attracting, promoting and facilitating events to and within its market to generate a positive economic impact to improve the quality of life of its citizens.  See what Jackson has to offer!

CMBS Awarded MS Arts Commission Grant to Support Blue Monday Project

The Central Mississippi Blues Society is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to fund our Blue Monday event from July 2020 - June 2021. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thank you MAC, The Mississippi Legislature, The Mississippi Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts!  Thanks too to Peggy Brown, Project Director, for submitting the successful grant application.


Blue Monday Band w/Lonne George, Kendrick Hart,  Calvin Lacey, Dwight T. Ross, Malcolm Shepherd, Abdul Rasheed and Dennis Fountain.

Sponsored by Mississippi Arts Commission, South Arts, National Endowment of the Arts, and Visit Jackson.  Videoed at Hal & Mal's, Jackson, MS, Nov. 2020

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Hal & Mal's Winner of 2020 "Keeping The Blues Alive" Award 

CMBS, Inc. nominated our Blue Monday partner, Hal & Mal's for the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" Award and recently learned that Hal & Mal's won the Blues Club category for 2020! 


Operating out of the circa-1923 GM&O freight depot building in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, Hal & Mal’s USA Blues Club was founded in 1985 by brothers Hal White (now deceased) and Malcolm White, current director of the Mississippi Arts Commission. While Hal & Mal’s has presented all types of music, the main focus has been blues and R&B. The club, in fact, was one of the first white-owned venues in central Mississippi to book black bands.


Albert King was their first act, and B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Little Milton, Mose Allison, James Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, Buckwheat Zydeco, Johnny Winter, R.L. Burnside, Pinetop Perkins, and Bobby Rush performed there over the years.


For the past 13 years, Hal & Mal’s has partnered with the Central Mississippi Blues Society to host Blue Monday, a show/jam featuring local blues talent as well as visiting musicians who come to play with the Blue Monday Band. With more than three decades of blues music history, the venue has been identified by scholars as deserving of a Mississippi Blues Trail marker from the Mississippi Blues Commission; installation of the marker is currently awaiting funding.

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Arts Day At the Capitol

Central Mississippi Blues Society, Inc. participated in the annual event, Arts Day at the Capitol, hosted by Mississippi Arts Commission.  This event provides the opportunity for CMBS to thank legislators for support and showcase our activities.

Malcolm Shepherd, Savina Schoenhofer, Frances Flemmings and daughter Keisha, Nettie Stowars, McKinney "Bluesman" Williams and Charles Williams were on hand to provide information about CMBS, and engage with legislators and representatives of other arts organizations.  Among the people stopping at our table were Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC, Senator John Horhn, Senator David Blount, Representative Bo Brown and Larry Morrisey of MAC.  

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       Sen. John Horhn                                                 Malcolm Shepherd

McKinney "Bluesman" Williams                                   and friends

CMBS member Senator John Horhn, along with Senators Frazier, Butler, Blount, Chassaniol and Norwood introduced a resolution recognizing the cultural contributions of the Central Mississippi Blues Society and their talented blues performers.  The concurrent resolution was passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives.

The award was presented to CMBS President Malcolm Shepherd.  Other CMBS members present included Peggy Brown, Frances Flemmings and Dr. Edgar Smith.  Malcolm White, Executive Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission was also on hand for the award.

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         Frances Flemmings                                                  Nettie Stowars

         Malcolm White                                                          Sen. John Horhn

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Sen. David Blount

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Pictured left to right:

Peggy Brown, CMBS Marketing Coordinator; Malcolm Shepherd, President; Pat Brown, Vice President; Frances Flemmings, Treasurer; Dr. Edgar Smith, MS Blues Commission; Malcolm White, Executive Director MS Arts Commission.


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The Blue Monday Band, featuring King Edward Antoine on guitar, Johnny Sharp on Keys, Willie James on bass, Rick Lewis on drums and Malcolm Shepherd on cungas.   Thanks to Reed Radcliffe for the video.

The Blue Monday Band, with Lonne' George on lead guitar and vocals, Keith "KC2Funky" Collins and Big Al on bass, Dwight T. Ross, Jr. on drums, Malcolm Shepherd on Cungas, with Dr. Russell Thomas on saxophone.  Courtesy of Annie "Little Miss Soul" Fairley, at Hal & Mal's, Jackson , MS.

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