Mississippi Heat to serve up spicy bluesWritten by Scott McKimmy | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The internationally known Chicago-based blues band Mississippi Heat will appear at Griffin’s Hines Farm Blues Club in Swanton at 6 p.m. Aug. 26, showcasing its new DVD and CD, “One Eye Open: Live at Rosa’s Lounge, Chicago.”
The release is the band’s seventh on CD and first on DVD since recording “Straight from the Heart” in 1992. Other titles include “Glad You’re Mine” (2005), “Footprints on the Ceiling” (2002) and “Handyman” (1999).
Cover charge is $12, and the crowd will have a chance to savor the “Hines famous barbecue.”
Opening will be local act Voodoo Libido and Detroit artist Harmonica Shah at a venue described by musician John Rockwood as “historical.” Rockwood plays zydeco washboard and harmonica for Libido and said he expects concertgoers to enjoy the ambience the venue has offered for more than 50 years.
“In the 1950s, it was an old stomping grounds for a lot of the African-American musicians like John Lee Hooker and B.B. King. It’s still the same set up,” Rockwood said. “It’s a real fun thing to do too, go out there and hear blues again, get some good food and look at the history.”
He called the music “traditional Chicago blues,” featuring the harmonica, bass and lead guitar. The style emulates old blues performers like Muddy Waters and includes a hint of rock, pop, jazz and country. The concert marks Mississippi Heat’s second appearance in the Toledo area.
“It’s a shuffle sound, 12-bar blues. It’s the kind of blues that gets your feet moving and makes you want to get up and dance a little bit,” Rockwood said.
For ticket information, call Griffin’s Hines Farm Blues Club at (419) 826-0230 or Rockwood at (419) 692-1674.