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The Central Mississippi Blues Society band performs every Monday night at Hal & Mal's. 200 Commerce Street, downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Music starts at 7:15 pm and goes 'til 11 pm.

 $5.00 cover ($3.00 for CMBS members).

Cash bar.  Free parking.  Security.

Blues Menu catered by AJ Foods.

Musicians are always invited to jam with us - sign up at the door.

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Mississippi Senator John Horhn introduced a Bill authorizing the MS State Senate to recognize the contributions of the Central Mississippi Blues Society, Inc. to "keeping the blues alive".  The text of the Proclamation reads:

By: Senator(s) Horhn, Frazier, Butler, Blount, Chassaniol, Norwood

Senate Concurrent Resolution 633

(As Adopted by Senate)


     WHEREAS, the musical history of American music is rooted in Mississippi Blues Music as commemorated by the Mississippi Blues Trail; and

     WHEREAS, the Central Mississippi Blues Society, Inc., (CMBS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the International Blues Foundation.  Central Mississippi Blues Society is actively involved in the promotion of the arts and music in central Mississippi, blues education for adults and youth, and partners with civic groups and community projects; and

     WHEREAS, Central Mississippi Blues Society was started in 2006 by a group of blues enthusiasts and musicians who wanted to develop an organization that would promote the blues and other art forms in central Mississippi.  That same year, the group formally organized itself and designated the organization as the Central Mississippi Blues Society.  The organization moved to establish itself legally by obtaining a Tax Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service and began to develop its bylaws and strategies for operating.  The organization appointed its first president in 2006; and

     WHEREAS, Central Mississippi Blues Society has several goals:

     �  To promote the blues and culture of blues music in the Metro Jackson area and central Mississippi.

     �  To support musicians and blues clubs by encouraging live performances of blues.

     �  To exchange information about blues-related events and developing a forum in the central Mississippi area where people can share their appreciation and love for the blues.

     �  To support community events and organizations by sponsoring events that will benefit the general community as a whole; and

     WHEREAS, Central Mississippi Blues Society has sponsored a weekly Blues Jam for 13 years and sponsors Blues in the Schools and Blues in the Park events to encourage young people and others to support America's music that was started in the State of Mississippi; and

     WHEREAS, the Central Mississippi Blues Society continues to provide a venue for blues music, live entertainment, and promoting the history and culture of the Blues.  The main intent is to promote and benefit from the art form that is enjoyed by those around the world; and

     Artists who helped found the Central Mississippi Blues Society include:  Jessie Robinson, Lloyd Munn, Robert (Bull) Jackson, Dwight Ross, Austin Neil, Kirk Neil, and Abdul Rasheed.

     Artist Board Members include:  Pat Brown (local Recording Artist), Abdul Rasheed (Vocalist for the House Rockers), Keith Collins (Bass Player), and Malcolm Shepherd (congas and other rhythm instruments).

     Artists who have performed at Blue Monday include:  Bobbie Rush, Dorothy Moore, Eddie Cotton, Grady Champion, Zac Harmon, JJ Thames, Jerekus Singleton, Dexter Allen, Dennis Fountain, Sherman Lee Dillon and Family, Jock "Harmonica" Webb, Candy Man, Lady Trucker, Jewel Bass, Billy "Soul" Bonds, Melvin "Housecat" Hendrex, Lloyd Munn, Rafael Semmes, TiffStar, Annie "Little Miss Soul" Fairly, King Edward, Abdul Rasheed, Chris Gill, Fred T and the Band, Monica Shepherd, Bernard Jones, London Branch, Cedric Burnside, Mike Robb, and Malcolm Shepherd, Jr.; and it is with great pride that we commend these musicians who have represented Mississippi's rich music heritage:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby recognize the cultural contributions of the Central Mississippi Blues Society and their talented blues performers, and encourage this organization to "keep on keepin on".

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be presented to Malcolm Shepherd, Jr., forwarded to the Central Mississippi Blues Society and the Mississippi Arts Commission, and made available to the Capitol Press Corps.

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 2019 - July 2020. 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.

CMBS Awarded MS Arts Commission Grant to Support Blue Monday Project

Frankie Finds the Blues

Central MS Blues Society, Inc. needs your help to make its Blues in the Schools project a success.  We will purchase and donate copies of the book "Frankie Finds the Blues" to all elementary schools and public libraries in Jackson, MS.  To be part of this important project, click on the "donate" button.


Dr. Edgar Smith; Sen. John Horhn

Peggy Brown, Malcolm Shepherd,

Pat Brown, Frances Flemmings,

Dr. Edgar Smith, Malcolm White

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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 on bass, Kendrick Hart on keys, Dwight T. Ross, Jr. on drums, Malcolm Shepherd on Cungas.  Courtesy of Annie "Little Miss Soul" Fairley, March 18, 2019, at Hal & Mal's, Jackson , MS.

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Pat Brown was honored with a Jackson Indie Music ICON Award January 13, 2017.  Congratulations, Pat!   Click on photo to see video of Pat receiving her award.

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