- by Ellis Anderson
This week, Hancock Tourism announced a series of free concerts slated to take place on the grounds of the historic depot in Bay St. Louis, at the Alice Moseley Pavilion. The first event will take place from 1pm – 4pm Saturday, September 30, featuring the Vasti Jackson Band and BlueShift.
The Down Home Blues Music Series is presented by the Alice Moseley Museum, located in the historic depot. The concert series is funded by a grant from Visit Mississippi, through the Hancock County Tourism Bureau, which, in the past five years has funneled more than $4 million in grant funding into promoting Hancock County.
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While BlueShift is a new group, it’s made up of top performers who have played together for years: Pete Leoni, Gene Moran, Regan Taylor, and Chuck Lofton. BlueShift will play from 1pm - 2:30pm.
Vasti Jackson takes the stage from 3pm - 4pm. According to Offbeat Magazine, Jackson “is known for sweat-drenched, soul-ripping performances marked by some of the most stunning and innovative guitar-playing in Blues today.”
A 2012 Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, and 2015 Albert King Lifetime Guitar Award recipient, Jackson tours internationally, yet according to event organizers, is delighted to return to “the Bay.” Jackson was scheduled to headline the Alice Moseley Festival in June, but severe weather caused the cancellation of his performance.
The pavilion is situated amid the large live oak trees in front of the historic depot in Bay St. Louis, a fanciful building that's home to the Visitors Center, the Mardi Gras Museum and the Alice Moseley Museum ( located on the building's second floor).
A nationally recognized folk artist and Bay St. Louis resident, Alice Moseley passed away in 2002 at the age of 94. The museum was founded by her son, Tim.
Both Alice and Tim Moseley have focused on the documentation of Mississippi culture, so hosting the Down Home Blues Music Series at the Pavilion is a natural outgrowth of that, said Tim Moseley, who also resides in Bay St. Louis.
"We hope that the Down Home Blues concert is just one of many events held at the Alice Moseley Pavilion," said Moseley. "It's a place where local families can bring their lawn chairs, sit under live oak trees and listen to music."