Community Concert opens 68th season Sept. 18 at Biloxi Saenger

Victoria Banks
Victoria Banks Community Concert

Community Concert will open its 68th season at the Biloxi Saenger Theatre with Victoria Banks, one of Canada’s most recognized country pop stars and with special tribute to law enforcement in Biloxi and Ocean Springs.

Concert board President Sandy Steckler said the Sunday, Sept. 18, performance at 2:30 p.m. will recognize department personnel of Director John Miller of Biloxi and Ocean Springs Police Chief Mark Dunston.

Other Coast cities law enforcement will be recognized at upcoming concerts throughout the season “as our small way of acknowledging with gratitude the importance each have in our daily lives,” according to a concert press release.

Law enforcement personnel along with one guest each from both cities will be admitted to the concert with their official ID’s at the box office.

As the newly elected board president, Steckler joins five new board members Lee Kalik of Pass Christian, Kendall Turnage of Gulfport, Margaret Baltar and Greg and Penny Payne of Biloxi.

Banks, who holds the distinction of being the most award-nominated performing artist in her country, is a former Canadian Female Artist of the Year.

Her show, “Natural Woman, Songs and Stories for the Soul,” is a collection of the greatest female hits of all time.

During her tour of the Southeastern region of the United States, her stop in Mississippi will bring fans a modern twist to the country music genre known as “country pop” often associated with the Nashville sound popularized by female recording artists such as Barbara Mandrel and the Mandrell Sisters.

Banks will be accompanied by her acoustic band while on the Coast. Her keyboardist, Rachel Soloman, was formerly with Mustang Sally.

Show tickets for non members will be available with a reservation by calling 228-243-3940 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The concert box office at the Saenger will open at 1:30 p.m. the day of performance.