Ocean Springs Live, the free monthly music series at Rosetti Park in downtown Ocean Springs, comes to a close Saturday afternoon with a show from two of New Orleans’ favorite acts.
Cajun fiddler and singer/songwriter Amanda Shaw will close out the show with a performance with funksters Flow Tribe. Blackwater Brass will open the show, which start at 4:30 p.m.
Shaw is an ambassador for New Orleans and Louisiana music.
“I grew up on the North Shore,” Shaw said. “Part of who I am as an adult performer is that I am very proud to be from Louisiana and I get the wonderful opportunity to travel all around the world and share my music, which is rooted here in Louisiana and I love that and I love being able to share that with the rest of the world.”
Shaw said she is looking forward to sharing her music with the people of South Mississippi on Saturday.
“I’m really excited about playing in Ocean Springs,” she said. “The whole Coast is just kind of like one big thing — from New Orleans to Pensacola — and I’ve met a lot of people from all over the Gulf Coast.”
Flow Tribe are no strangers to South Mississippi, as they have performed at the now-defunct Kress Live a few times.
Lead singer and trumpet player KC said he, too, is grateful to have grown up in New Orleans.
“We’re very lucky to have grown up in New Orleans and being a part of the community,” he said. “We wanted to take New Orleans music and make it our own.”
KC said the guys in the band have known one another for a long time but they really came together as a band through a national tragedy.
“We really solidified after Hurricane Katrina,” he said. “With the anniversary upon us, I was reflect on it and how we became a stronger band because of it.”