blues, bluegrass, gospel and early country will be on tap March
6 at the spring 2004 edition of the popular Roots Reunion concert
- a production of The University of Southern Mississippi's Center
for Oral History and Cultural Heritage - will be held from 7-9 p.m.
at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.
Free and open
to the public, the show is the continuation of a successful series
of live radio shows and concerts featuring traditional South Mississippi
exciting mix of music, the program will be broadcast live on South
Mississippi's public radio station based at Southern Miss, WUSM,
88.5 FM. Hot food also will be served starting at 6 p.m. for the
benefit of the Southern Miss Feral Cat Association.
ourselves on presenting an exciting sample of the traditional music
of South Mississippi," says Chris Goertzen, ethnomusicologist
at Southern Miss and Roots Reunion programming consultant. "Roots
showcases both older traditions and forms that may be new to us
but are traditional elsewhere or based on tradition in fascinating
headlined by renowned blues guitarist Vasti Jackson, promises to
continue a Roots tradition of showcasing some of the finest blues
artists in Mississippi. A Hattiesburg resident, Jackson has performed
and recorded with blues legends such as B.B. King, Robert Cray and
John Lee Hooker.
The show will
also feature bluegrass music by Grants Ferry, a cappella gospel
with the Meyers Family, and hammered dulcimer music with Jess Dickinson.
Inspirational gospel will be performed by Roots Gospel Voices of
String Band brings a much older style of music to the stage with
its old-time country and string numbers. The group of South Mississippians
forms the house band, opening and closing the show.
Reunion is becoming a South Mississippi institution. The performers
continue to get stronger and the audiences are better each time,"
said Stephen Sloan, assistant director of the Center for Oral History.
"We look forward to the shows as much as anyone. It's a treat
for the center to bring this to the community."
is sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Purple Parrot
Café and Crescent City Grill, and the Southern Miss Center
for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, Department of History and
School of Music. For more information, call 266-4574.