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Chicago Blues Fest, Mississippi Stage Guide
Blues and soul artists with deep roots in the Birthplace of America’s Music will perform on ...
Blues and soul artists with deep roots in the Birthplace of America’s Music will perform on the Mississippi Juke Joint Stage at the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival, June 9-11 at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.
The Mississippi Juke Joint Stage will showcase world-renowned artists, including GRAMMY® nominee Cedric Burnside, three-time Blues Music Award winner Eden Brent, Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame inductee Denise LaSalle and many other prominent blues, soul and R&B musicians.
Catch roundtable discussions with some of the leading experts on blues music featuring topics such as the Mississippi Blues Trail, which now totals 194 historic markers. Before you leave, visit the Sweet Home Chicago marker which recounts the Great Migration from the Delta to Chicago just a mile down Michigan Avenue.
Here’s the full schedule.
Friday, June 9
11:30 a.m. – Blues in the Schools with Katherine Davis and Stone Academy
1 p.m. – Performance by Eden Brent, jazz and boogie pianist, songwriter and singer
2:30 p.m. – Hill country blues performance by GRAMMY-nominated Cedric Burnside Project
4 p.m. – Performance by Jarekus Singleton, Alligator Records recording artist
5:30 p.m. – Jam session with Cedric Burnside
Saturday, June 10
11:30 a.m. – Mississippi Blues Trail 10th anniversary roundtable with Jim O’Neal, Dr. Edgar Smith, Scott Barretta and Alex Thomas
1 p.m. – Delta blues prodigy Christone “Kingfish” Ingram performance
2:30 p.m. – Bridges to the Blues by Donda’s House
4 p.m. – Performance by soul and R&B artist Vick Allen
5:30 p.m. – Jam session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
Sunday, June 11
11:30 a.m. – Tribute to Amy Van Singel featuring Dick Shurman, Jim O’Neal and Rebecca Sive
1 p.m. – Performance byR&B and soul singer JJ Thames
2:30 p.m. – Performance by soul artist Zakiya Hooker
4 p.m. – Denise LaSalle performance
5:30 p.m. – Jam session with Eddie Taylor, Jr.
EAT, STAY, PLAY: RIDGELAND
Ridgeland is a destination featuring the integration of an outdoor lifestyle with modern, upscale ...
Ridgeland is a destination featuring the integration of an outdoor lifestyle with modern, upscale design. The city located just north of Mississippi’s capital was planned and designed to make the most of the region’s natural assets. Ridgeland on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway and is home to the Ross Barnett Reservoir. As the state’s premier cycling destination, Ridgeland offers numerous multi-use trails, bike paths, and year-round competitive and pleasure cycling events. Mississippi’s premiere shopping destination features a variety of shopping experiences, from the Mississippi Craft Center and one-of-a-kind local boutiques to national name brand stores. Annual events such as the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival occur year round. Dining is delightful in Ridgeland and flavors abound in this foodie getaway.
Local 463 (www.local463.com)
Award-winning chef, Derek Emerson, sources the freshest local and regional ingredients and prepares his take on southern comfort food with a big city twist; such as our mouth-watering creme brule, Florida rock shrimp pizza, fresh lump crabmeat and Mississippi fruit cobbler. Located in the Renaissance at Colony Park.
Seafood R’evolution (www.seafoodrevolution.com)
Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto innovatively combine Folse’s classic Southern approach to seafood with Tramonto’s contemporary new-world style. While paying homage to Mississippi’s heritage, Seafood R’evolution celebrates a cultural fusion of the foods and flavors shaping the culinary landscape of the Gulf Coast over generations. Located in the Renaissance at Colony Park.
Tico’s Steakhouse (www.ticossteakhouse.com)
For more than 25 years, Tico Hoffman has delighted locals and customers from abroad with his unique blend of mouth-watering steaks, sumptuous seafood dishes and other favorites. Tico’s friendly atmosphere and attention to every detail has made the restaurant a favorite for all who love exceptional food and drink.
Signa’s Grille (www.signasgrille.com)
Serving traditional Cajun foods with an Italian flare, Signa’s offers a delectable range of menu items including gourmet salads, burgers, po'boys & entrées for a dining experience you won't forget. Welcome to the family – that's exactly how you're treated at Signa’s Grille. Owner Frank Signa credits his success and love for Italian food to his upbringing in a full-blooded Italian family.
Cabot Lodge – A Red Lion Hotel (www.cabotlodgejacksonnorth.com)
Experience authentic Southern hospitality in the heart of Mississippi. With a warm, rustic ambiance and focus on service, Cabot Lodge Jackson North – a Red Lion Hotel, is your home away from home in Central Mississippi. Cabot Lodge is among the most comfortable hotels in Ridgeland. Enjoy a complimentary, Southern-style daily breakfast and festive evening cocktail receptions where guests are invited to meet and mingle in our spacious lobby.
Renaissance and Township Properties
A variety of brand properties are available within walking distance of fabulous dining, shopping and multi-use trails at the Renaissance at Colony Park and the Township. Embassy Suites Hotel, Springhill Suites, Townplace Suites, Home2 Suites and Hyatt Place.
The Mississippi Craft Center (www.mscrafts.org) operated by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi showcases a retail gallery where you can find all kinds of handcrafted treasures. Craft is essentially 3-D art and ranges from traditional folk items like quilts, baskets, and wood-carved spoons to more contemporary works, such as metal sculpture, fused glass, and handcrafted jewelry. The Mississippi Craft Center staff is knowledgeable about both the craftsmen and their work with each purchase from the gallery including a biography of the craftsmen who created it. Visitors are welcome to come anytime, free of charge to see what new creations our creative craftsmen have made. Hands-on demonstrations and art camps are also available.
Cycling (www.visitridgeland.com/cycling) trails and cycling events are part of Ridgeland’s outdoor offerings. Trails like the Natchez Trace Parkway, the Ridgeland multi-use trails and mountain bike trails as well as an extreme BMX course offer the soft adventure traveler year-round competitive and pleasure activities.
The Ross Barnett Reservoir (www.therez.ms.gov) has more than 105 miles of shoreline and 33,000 acres of surface area for boating, sailing, fishing, swimming and water sports. The “Rez” is host to numerous annual events such as the Dragonboat Regatta, Pepsi Pops Symphony concert, Independence Day Celebration and Smokin’ on the Rez BBQ and Music Festival. It also plays host to several local, regional and national fishing tournaments.
Oxford's Bicentennial Trip
Amidst the rolling hills in northeast Mississippi lies the quaint college town and cultural hub of ...
Amidst the rolling hills in northeast Mississippi lies the quaint college town and cultural hub of Oxford.
A hotspot for foodies and lovers of music and literature, Oxford also possesses a rich historical heritage. Incorporated in 1837, the town served as the inspiration for Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County and since 1848 has housed the state’s oldest public university – a pivotal location during the Civil Rights era. With a breathtaking university campus and stately antebellum homes surrounding a charming town square, history buffs are inclined to explore.
What better time to take a stroll in Oxford and take in a history lesson or two than during the Bicentennial Concert Celebration June 24. Check out the itinerary below for inspiration.
1. Stroll Around the Historic Oxford Square
Since Oxford's incorporation in 1837, the Square remains the center of culture and the town's economic hub. Throughout the years, the Square has been home to a variety of boutiques, bookstores, art galleries and restaurants. A former film theater, the Lyric serves as a concert venue featuring some of today’s biggest acts and was once a livery stable for William Faulkner’s family prior to becoming an entertainment venue.
2. Venture to Rowan Oak and Faulkner’s Grave
Renowned author William Faulkner resided in Oxford for the majority of his life, drawing inspiration from the town’s local people and places for his fictional world of Yoknapatawpha County. Rowan Oak, his antebellum mansion and the accompanying grounds, is open for tours year-round. Just across the Square, Faulkner is interned at St. Peter’s Cemetery. It’s best to visit after dusk with a bottle of whiskey, a common gift of remembrance often left at the grave site.
3. Take a History Lesson at the University of Mississippi
The state’s first public university opened its doors to eighty students in 1848 and has since become a major landmark of Oxford. With a walk around campus, visitors will encounter stately academic buildings with a range of architectural designs including the Greek Revival Lyceum, Victorian Romanesque Ventress Hall and the Georgian-inspired Croft Institute. Barnard Observatory is one of the oldest buildings on campus and the first regional studies center in the country. It houses the Gammill Gallery, an exhibit hall devoted to documentary photography of the American South.
4. Reflect on the Civil Rights Era
Behind the Lyceum is a monument of James Meredith, the university’s first African American student.
5. Get the Oxford Blues
Discover the region’s blues history with a visit to the world’s most extensive collection of blues recordings and related material at the university’s J.D. Williams Library. The Mississippi blues archive is comprised of three major collections and open to the public. The B.B. King Collection alone includes more than 7,000 recordings ranging from classic blues to big-band jazz, films, photographs and other promotional materials.
Mississippi Road Trip: Gulf Coast Getaway
Lined by sandy white beaches overlooking barrier islands and the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi ...
Lined by sandy white beaches overlooking barrier islands and the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers both a peaceful retreat and plenty of ways to party down. We have the perfect Gulf Coast getaway planned for you.
Ease into a Coastal State of Mind
Arrive at the Island View Casino on the beach in Gulfport, check in and explore the coastal-contemporary resort’s amenities. After a trip to the spa to shake off your travels, play a few hands on the tables in the 83,000-square-foot casino and grab a refresher at one of 11 on-site restaurants and bars.
Adjust Your Perspective with Art
Back when the Mississippi Gulf Coast was a collection of rural fishing villages along the Gulf of Mexico, artist Walter Inglis Anderson settled in Ocean Springs and began painting the region’s natural history. Today, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in the town’s historic district features his paintings, sculptures and the mural-lined Ocean Springs Community Center alongside pottery from his siblings and other works.
Tour the Historic Beauvoir Estate
Stroll among the grand live oaks at Beauvoir, the 51-acre last home and retreat of Jefferson Davis, where he penned his memoirs. The centerpiece Beauvoir mansion is restored to 1889, when Davis lived in the home. The grounds include a confederate cemetery and the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and museum.
Dine on Local Delicacies
On your way back to your cozy accommodations, stop for dinner at Scarlet’s Steak and Seafood at the Scarlet Pearl overlooking Biloxi’s Back Bay in D’Iberville, named for the French explorer who first settled the area in 1699. Dine on fresh local oysters and jumbo Gulf shrimp or pair with Creekstone Farms Black Angus beef for a unique surf-and-turf experience.
Why Breakfast When You Can Brunch?
After a late rise and a stroll along the beach, head to Le Café Beignet in downtown Biloxi for brunch. Order a specialty coffee and sample the signature beignets—the region’s fried French doughnuts, generously coated in powdered sugar—then order grits with smoked Gouda and shrimp or a gourmet breakfast sandwich served on a French baguette.
Cut Through the White Caps
Find the Biloxi Schooner pier near Biloxi’s Point Cadet, the original home of the city’s seafood industry, sheltered by Deer Island on the eastern tip of the peninsula. Board the Glenn L. Swetman or the Mike Sekul schooner and sail the Mississippi Sound on an historic fishing and oystering boat.
Rock with The Band Perry & More
Join the revelers at Gulfport’s beachfront Centennial Plaza, originally developed for Mississippi’s 100-year birthday, for a party a century in the making—the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration South featuring the Governor’s Concert on April 1.
Take in 200 years of history among the Spanish colonial buildings and moss-draped live oaks while musicians celebrate the state’s history in song with the “We Are Mississippi” orchestral salute. After a performance by Americana singer-songwriter Paul Thorn, stretch out to the grooves of Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, featuring Allman Brothers Band founding percussionist Jaimoe Johnson and guest guitarist Vasti Jackson. Dance and sing along as The Band Perry, a trio of GRAMMY Award®-winning siblings with deep roots in the coastal and capital regions of the state, close out the show with their biggest hits.
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Mississippi's 2017 GRAMMY Nominations
What do Diplo, Luther Dickinson & Tig Notaro have in common? If you follow music, you may ...
What do Diplo, Luther Dickinson & Tig Notaro have in common?
If you follow music, you may already know a vast number of GRAMMY Award® winners and nominees share a common home: Mississippi. In fact, the state has produced more GRAMMY winners and nominees than any other state, earning the title, “The Birthplace of America’s Music.”
Mississippians continue to have an extensive influence on popular music and culture with the 59th GRAMMY Awards, racking up another seven nominations and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. These nominations include pop music’s biggest artists, country music pioneers, blues torchbearers and an acclaimed comedian.
Keep this rundown of Mississippi’s 2017 GRAMMY nominees handy as you watch the GRAMMYs live on CBS, Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. CT.
Album of the Year
Diplo for Beyonce, "Lemonade"
Diplo for Justin Bieber, "Purpose"
Song of the Year
Khalif Brown (Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd) for Beyonce, "Formation"
Best Traditional Blues Album
Luther Dickinson for "Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook: Volumes I & II)”
Vasti Jackson for "The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers"
Bobby Rush for "Porcupine Meat"
Best Comedy Album
Tig Notaro for "Boyish Girl Interrupted"
Lifetime Achievement Award
Be sure to add the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland, Miss., to your road-trip itinerary. The only GRAMMY Museum located outside of Los Angeles explores the past, present and future of music while casting a spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi.
Discover more of Missisippi's music history and today's live music at http://www.visitmississippi.org/americana/
Mississippi Road Trip: Greenwood
Just 25 miles west of major artery Interstate 55, the city of Greenwood, Mississippi, offers an ...
Just 25 miles west of major artery Interstate 55, the city of Greenwood, Mississippi, offers an easily accessible, off-the-beaten-path escape. In the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the small city of Greenwood is home to a number of luxurious establishments, perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway. Here’s how to spend a weekend in Greenwood:
Check into The Alluvian Hotel
Step through the revolving doors into the sleek lobby and feel transported to a realm of chic ambiance reminiscent of major metropolitan cities. The Alluvian Hotel stays true to its Mississippi surroundings. The boutique hotel is named for the alluvial plain of the Mississippi Delta, a level land with extensive amounts of mineral-rich soil. The hotel also boasts an award-winning art collection by Mississippi artists. One of the best benefits of The Alluvian: the location. Downtown Greenwood offers dining and activity options all within walking distance, so there’s no need to crank your engine until departure time.
Dinner at Giardina’s
After you’ve checked into the Alluvian, check out its neighboring fine restaurant, Giardina’s. Founded in 1936 by Italian immigrant Joseph Giardina, the restaurant is one of the region’s oldest. Featuring steaks, seafood and Italian cuisine in an upscale setting, Giardina’s atmosphere is old-world elegant, but the dress is laid back “Delta casual.” Reservations are recommended.
Morning Yoga at Studio A
Start your day well by taking a class at The Alluvian’s in-house yoga studio. Experienced instructors will guide you through a series of postures designed to invigorate the body and calm the mind.
Cooking Class at Viking Cooking School
Located across the street from The Alluvian, the Viking Cooking School offers novice and experienced cooks a delicious experience. Choose from classes covering subjects such as ethnic cuisines, vegetarian, basic cooking and baking techniques and cocktail and dinner parties, all of which take place in a fully appointed Viking kitchen. Make sure to book a class well in advance. Classes are quite popular and sell out quickly.
Wine Tasting at Williams Landing Winery
Toast your new cooking skills at a wine tasting at Williams Landing Winery. A few blocks south of The Alluvian, The Winery at Williams Landing is a small batch artisanal winery, specializing in wines made from locally sourced fruits.
Dinner at Delta Bistropub
Cap off your epicurean day with dinner at Delta Bistropub. Only one block north of The Alluvian, Delta Bistropub features the cuisine of Robert Gillespie, who studied under James Beard-nominated chef and former Delta Bistropub co-owner Taylor Bowen Ricketts. Chef Gillespie’s modern Southern fare is presented in a contemporary interior tucked inside a beautifully restored historic building.
Driving Tour of “The Help” Filming Locations
Not ready to leave this charming Delta town just yet? On your way out, take the grand tour of Greenwood by driving around town to see the many locations used in Director Tate Taylor’s 2011 film adaptation of Mississippi author Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help. Easily find Hilly Holbrook’s house, Skeeter Phelan’s farm and many others with this helpful Google Map.
Enter now for your chance to win a two-night stay at The Alluvian in Greenwood!
5 Stops in Jackson for Blues Marathon Runners
We are pleased to welcome visitors to Jackson for the annual Mississippi Blues Marathon on ...
We are pleased to welcome visitors to Jackson for the annual Mississippi Blues Marathon on Saturday, January 7th! The 2015 marathon welcomed more than 3,000 runners from all 50 states and seven countries. This year, the marathon celebrates its tenth anniversary!
Here are five attractions in the greater Jackson area that blues and fitness fans won't want to miss:
1. Mississippi Blues Trail
Throughout the state, you'll see historical markers that commemorate important people, places, and events in blues history. The front of the marker tells the story of the site's importance, and the back features more details and images. Visit the markers in Jackson and the Capital / River region, and download the Mississippi Blues Trail app to create your itinerary and get directions.
2. F. Jones Corner
Frank Jones Corner, known as F. Jones Corner, is a live music venue that serves up tasty deep south food and cold beer. Built as a filling station in 1923, the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The friendly staff and variety of music -- including folk, jazz, blues, rock, and hip-hop -- attract regulars and visitors alike. You can hear live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until 4 a.m.
3. Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail
The Natchez Trace is known for its beauty, but its automobile traffic can be a challenge for runners. To accommodate them -- as well as bicyclists, roller bladers, etc. -- the City of Ridgeland built the Multi-Use Path that parallels the parkway from Highland Colony Parkway (near milepost 101) to Harbor Drive (near milepost 103). Find more details and a map here.
4. Restaurants with Specials for Runners
You're sure to have a number of memorable meals in Jackson, given the selection of high-quality restaurants old and new. Whether you're in the mood for classic homestyle cooking, upscale Southern cuisine, or global flavors, you'll find what you're looking for. A number of area restaurants are offering deals and special menus for runners, and our Food Lover's Guide to Jackson will point you to plenty of local favorites.
5. Live Music
Listen to live Mississippi blues music all day Saturday and into the night. There will be music at the Start/Finish line, located at the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., at Pascagoula and Lamar streets). Listen to live music along the course, and celebrate the end of the race with a Blues Crawl. Each runner will receive a Blues Crawl wristband in the race packet, and non-runners can buy them at the Blues Expo and at the Start/Finish line. Take the Blues Trolley to ensure a fun and safe evening.
We hope that you enjoy your stay with us and come on back and see us soon!
Photo of F. Jones Corner by Tate Nations