Archive for July, 2010
Mississippi Heat Returns to Quincy
Back by popular demand, the blues band Mississippi Heat returns to Quincy’s Washington Park and the Blues in the District free concert series from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27.
The band’s latest CD “Let’s Live It Up!” is one of six CDs nominated for the 2010 best traditional blues CD of the year by Blues Blast Magazine.
Mississippi Heat plays traditional blues with a unique sound. Band leader and composer Pierre Lacocque’s vision has never wavered since he founded the band in 1991. His music is traditional because it is steeped in Chicago’s golden sounds of the 1950s — Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Rogers and all the great harp players like Sonny Boy Williamson and George Smith. On the other hand, Pierre’s blues are unique because he dislikes treading on old beaten paths and always writes new stuff.
Buddy Guy said, “It’s been a long time since I heard a good blues band like this. You guys really play great music together.”
Mike Suttles, a festival director in Louisville, Kentucky said, “The highlight of the entire weekend occurred Saturday night when Mississippi Heat set the street on fire!”
Bring the family and friends, pack up the lawn chairs and blankets, fill the cooler and head out for a great time in the park. Meals Plus will provide rib-eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin and hamburger sandwiches, hot dogs, chips and soda.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Fran Cook has been the editor and Arts=Education coordinator for the Quincy Society of Fine Arts for 20 years. She is one of the founders of the Blues in the District concerts and has served on the board of many organizations.