Ground Zero (blues club)
Ground Zero is a blues club in Clarksdale, Mississippi that is co-owned by Morgan Freeman, attorney Bill Luckett, and Memphis entertainment executive Howard Stovall. 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 right next to the Delta Blues Museum. With its mismatched chairs and fraying sofa on the porch, it has a décor described as "manufactured authenticity." Blues fans in Clarksdale welcome 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)
- The Mighty Mississippi
- "The Story of God W/Morgan Freeman, S1/E3(Who is God)" ([NatGeo])
- Stephen Kinzer, In Search of the Blues, at Its Roots; Musing on a Genre's Purity, Fans Flock to Mississippi, NY Times, March 25, 2003, Section E, Page 1