Neil Perry said he was excited about playing at the Beau Rivage on Friday night with his siblings Reid and Kimberly, aka The Band Perry. The Perry's grew up in the Mobile area and they have strong ties to the Gulf Coast and South Mississippi.
“We have tons of family in the area -- our grandparents live in Gulfport,” Perry said. “It’s the area where music got started for us.”
Perry said he and his siblings try to spend some time driving around the Coast while they are in town.
“We drive around to some of our old spots and reminisce about where it all started for us,” he said. “Hopefully we can go to the Ole Biloxi Schooner while we are in town; we used to hit that place up all of the time -- we love it.”
And this is where the needle abruptly scratches the record as it skips across the vinyl. Yes, I had the dubious task of telling Neil Perry that ye Ole Biloxi Schooner had closed.
“Are you serious? Ah, man that stinks,” Perry said upon hearing the news.
Joseph Lancon closed the Howard Avenue location of the Ole Biloxi Schooner in May. He said he hopes to reopen the restaurant in D’Iberville later this year.
The Ole Biloxi Schooner was known for its po-boys, especially its crabmeat po-boy. It also served seafood platters and Schooner Fries -- fries covered in gravy to which you could ask them to add melted cheese if you're arteries were feeling frisky.
And of course they served Barq’s Root Beer in the bottle. Because, Biloxi.
Perry said he, too, had a favorite dish at the Ole Biloxi Schooner.
“I used to always get the Little Sailors chicken fingers,” he said. “I know that sounds real mature, but I loved that chicken with french fries."
He said his grandparents used to take him to restaurant frequently, especially to the Point Cadet location before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
“We used to go to the old spot,” he s aid. “They had a jukebox and you could play five songs for a dollar and we used to listen to a lot of our favorite songs there, too. I hate it closed man -- that’s really sad.”
The Band Perry will be at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino tonight (Friday) at 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $79.95 .
Should the show sell out, there is a trick of the trade. The Beau always release any additional tickets they have to any show at 6 p.m. -- two hours before the event starts. It’s always worth getting there about 5:45 p.m. in hopes of getting a ticket, even to the shows that are sold out.
Jeff Clark is a staff writer for the Sun Herald.