The 12th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival is back and offering two days of free music this year at The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, 7501 Mississippi 57, Ocean Springs.
This year's festival is heavy on Mississippi talent and begins at 5 p.m. Friday with an evening of pure blues with Stringer native L.C. Ulmer, who is known for putting boogie in the blues. Also, Ellisville native T-Bone Pruitt will lay down an electric dose of rhythm and blues.
Rounding out the night will be Garry Burnside, son of the late Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside.
Event promoter Linda Orrison said the lineup celebrates Mississippi musicians before taking an eclectic turn on Saturday evening with acts from Louisiana and Texas.
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"We're bringing the old school blues on Friday at the pre-party and South Mississippi local talent Saturday," she said. "The Golden Dawn Arkestra will put the 'unforgettable' in Saturday. It's going to be a wild show."
Saturday will begin with the local, seven-piece groove band Blackwater Brass at noon.
Rosco Bandana, the first band signed to Hard Rock Records for their 2012 debut album "Time to Begin," will take the stage next.
Third on the bill is solo act Brooks Hubbert III, whose guitar prowess and use of the loop station allow for a wide open mix of music, including his own brand of "space country." His set will include songs from his forthcoming album "Sirius Face."
Next up is Lightnin' Malcolm, whose raucous juke joint sound earned him Blues Music's 2009 Best New Artist award. Malcolm toured alongside drummer Cedric Burnside. His 2011 release "Renegade" features a mixture of rock, hip hop, reggae and soul.
Meridian-born Jamell Richardson embraces the Coast and named his 2014 EP "Gulf Coast Blues Boy." Richardson's guitar skills earned him spots onstage with Bobby Bland, Bobby Womack, Al Green and other blues standouts. He also played the part of James Brown's guitarist Jimmy Nolen in the movie "Get On Up."
Nighttime will welcome the Golden Dawn Arkestra to the stage. The group's sometimes psychedelic sound is only one aspect of a vivid performance that involves elaborate costumes and a lively stage presence.
Orrison said the group, out of Austin, Texas, draws the audience in for a fun experience.
"They sing and dance, and it's just crazy wild," Orrison said. "It's something that will make people smile."
Closing out the night will be a stellar lineup of musicians known as the Royal Southern Brotherhood. The group is led by singer and percussionist Cyril Neville, the former voice of the Neville Brothers and The Meters. Joining him are guitarist Devon Allman (the son of Greg Allman), Mike Zito on guitar, Charlie Wooton on bass and Yonrico Scott on drums.
The Shed is located at 7501 Mississippi 57.