Like the Alabama song says, “You work a 40-hour week for a living just to send it on down the line.” And although the workweek for many is now 50-60 hours a week, it’s time to once again salute the American worker with the annual Labor Day holiday, y’all.
And like any weekend on the Coast, there are plenty of things to do. But this weekend is extra special because you get to throw football in the mix. As is the norm these days, there are several “mini-bowl” games this weekend. We’re talking LSU and Wisconsin, Alabama and Southern Cal., Auburn and Clemson, Ole Miss and Florida State, Notre Dame and Texas and Oklahoma and Houston.
New Orleans favorites Amanda Shaw and Flow Tribe will close out the Ocean Springs Live Music series with a free show Saturday at Rosetti Park in downtown Ocean Springs. Blackwater Brass hit the stage at 4:30 p.m.
Instrumentalist Kenny G will be at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and a few are still available at Ticketmaster.com.
Motown’s finest rolls into Biloxi on Friday when The Temptations and the Four Tops hit the IP Casino Resort at 8 p.m. Tickets are scarce, but you can always check Ticketmaster.com to see what is available.
Here is your Labor Day playlist featuring songs by Jennifer Nettles, Johnny Paycheck and the Stones.
Dave Jones, Jazz Sax
Diamondhead Country Club, 7600 Country Club Circle. Dave Jones plays dinner jazz classics by Cole Porter, AC Jobim, Sinatra, Ellington, Ella and others at the right volume level for you to enjoy your dinner conversation. This restaurant is open to the public. 228-255-2918.
5:30 p.m. Sept. 2 and 9
Artwalk 2016 at Hillyer House in Ocean Springs
Hillyer House, 920 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs. Free. Shops and local businesses in downtown Ocean Springs will sponsor local artists in and outside their businesses. Hillyer House will be sponsoring 3 artisans: Nicole Clinton (Encaustic Painting), Jean McKee (Coastal Paintings), and Connie Mickle (Sculptured Pottery). Come by and meet these talented women and spend the day in Downtown Ocean Springs! 228-875-8065.
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Clay Babies: Chip and Dip Sets for Football Season
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $15 per child, per project. Little ones can play with real clay in the studio. Children will make and paint small chip and dip sets for upcoming football parties. Older children are welcome in this class if a younger sibling is enrolled. Class size is limited to 10 students. 228-374-5547.
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Mudslingers: Try Your Skills on the Wheel
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $25. Come throw pots on the pottery wheels and see if clay is your new hobby. Instructors will help you create two pots to keep. They will be glazed and ready to pick up two weeks from the class date. 228-374-5547.
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Southern Soul Explosion
Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $30. This show features performances by Willie Clayton, Tucka, Jeff Floyd & Lebrado. 228-594-3700.