Ocean Springs next Saturday – Thacker Mountain Radio and ShedHed Blues Festival
Aug 20th, 2011
by Scott Barretta.
On Saturday August 27 Ocean Springs is hosting two special musical events. At 6pm a special edition of the live program Thacker Mountain Radio, which is usually held in Oxford, will take place at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education, which is located at 1600 Government Street in Ocean Springs,
The musical guests for the show will be, in addition to house band the Yalobushwhackers, Jimbo Mathus, who is performing solo, and the Creole String Beans, a New Orleans-based group whose mix includes classic New Orleans R&B, swamp pop, and originals. The featured author is Keith Spera, a music writer for the Times Picayune in New Orleans, and the author of the recent book Groove Interrupted, which tells the story of thirteen musical figures in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina.
Here’s an article about the show from a TV station on the coast. Tickets, which are available at www.themaryc.org or by calling 228.818.2878, are $12 and are reserved seating.
Here’s the Creole String Beans covering Morgus the Magnificent, a tribute to the New Orleans TV host of late night horror films, originally recorded by “The Three Ghouls” (Frankie Ford, Dr. John, and Jerry Byrne).
Also on Saturday, the Shed BBQ & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs is hosting the 8th annual Shedhed Blues Festival. The festival begins already at 4pm, but I’m suspecting that Thacker will be over in time to get over there and see headliners Bobby “Blue” Bland and Percy Sledge. The event also marks the tenth anniversary of the Shed, which was started in Ocean Springs and has since has expanded to multiple location. The Ocean Springs restaurant regularly features blues and roots acts, as do the franchises in Hattiesburg, Gulfport, Mobile, Destin, Fl, and Scott, LA.