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The Best Live Music in Jackson, Mississippi
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The Best Live Music in Jackson, Mississippi

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Updated: 11 December 2015
With a city slogan like ‘Jackson, Mississippi: City with Soul,’ one can expect to find great live music and soul-filled performances in this epicenter for jazz and blues in the South. Indeed, we found a number of spots where you can get your yearning for a night of wonderful music fulfilled, and we narrowed it down to these five, which you must visit to receive the full live music experience of the City with Soul.
The Flaming Lips at Duling Hall  | © Kristin Brenemen/Flickr
The Flaming Lips at Duling Hall | © Kristin Brenemen/Flickr

Duling Hall

This venue is one of the bigger ones in Jackson, where you’ll likely find more famous bands and performers gracing the stage than at any of its competitors in the city. In the past, certain names such as The Flaming Lips and Lisa Marie Presley have played shows at Duling Hall. The venue used to be an elementary school before its time as a center for live music in Jackson, so don’t be surprised by the architecture or vintage stained-glass windows of the place. Bordered with brick walls and filled with neon pink and purple lights, the energy of Duling Hall is one that would accompany any of your favorite acts.

Duling Hall, 622 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS, +1 (601) 292-7121

Acoustic Guitar | © Dave Lictherman/Flickr
Acoustic Guitar | © Dave Lictherman/Flickr

Soul Wired Cafe

This cafe is a given, considering that Jackson is the capital of soul in the South. Started as a dream by an artsy entrepreneur named Soul herself, this little cafe has blossomed into a space that has been featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown where creative types can come to gather, eat great food, and support each other’s live music and poetry. Stop by on any night between Wednesday and Saturday to embrace the eclectic mix of live music and poetry at Soul Wired Cafe, or plan ahead to attend one of the events going on, such as Reggae night.

Soul Wired Cafe, 111 Millsaps Avenue, Jackson, MS, +1(601) 790-0864

The Yellow Scarf

This listening room’s tagline is ‘where real musicians make real music in real time.’ Indeed, the concept of the Yellow Scarf is to put the entire focus of the venue on the art of the music without focusing on extra selling points or distractions. The atmosphere is casual and cozy, and you’ll feel right at home with their B.B.Y.O.S. policy (Baby, Bring Your Own Stuff) that encourages patrons to bring along their own snacks and drinks. The Yellow Scarf features mostly jazz and blues, but always has a great variety of acts on rotate. Stop by on a Tuesday or Friday night and we assure you, you won’t forget this live music experience!

The Yellow Scarf, 741 Harris Street Suite E, Jackson, MS, +1(347) 754-0668

Underground 119 at Street Level | © /\ \/\/ /\/Flickr
Underground 119 at Street Level | © /\ \/\/ /\/Flickr

Underground 119

If you’re looking for a unique night on the town in Jackson, head straight to this spot where you will find amazing live music, delicious Southern dishes and cocktails to get you in the right mood. Underground 119 always features some of the best that the South has got to offer in terms of music, especially jazz, blues, and R&B artists. The walls are adorned with locally themed art, and the atmosphere of the place, with its black leather couches and brick walls, will make you want to stay until closing time. The venue is located right under its sister store, Gallery 119, which can be rented out for private events.

Underground 119, 119 South President Street, Jackson, MS, +1(601) 352-2322

Frank Jones Corner

There are no pretenses when it comes to this venue, which delivers its promise of ‘Good Food. Good Music. Good People.’ The Frank Jones Corner in Jackson is a wonderful late night spot where you can enjoy listening to great tunes by local artists along with traditional Southern comfort food and the company of a fully equipped bar. The vibe here is very laid-back and fun, so don’t be surprised if the bluegrass artist you’ve been listening to climbs up on the bar for a guitar solo. The Frank Jones Corner is a fun spot with a great atmosphere, so be sure to stop by if you have a night to enjoy in Jackson!

Frank Jones Corner, 303 North Farish Street, Jackson, MS, +1(601) 983-1148