Blues, gospel musicians to take over New Albany

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

New Albany is going to get down this weekend, first with the blues, then with gospel, and then again with the blues.
The city has a weekend full of music this weekend, and it kicks off on Friday with the Union County Heritage Museum’s Summer Sunset Series, which will feature bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and the blues documentary “M is for Mississippi.”
“We have a bit of a mission with this series: It’s to celebrate who we are, and there are a lot of reasons to celebrate,” said museum director Jill Smith.
Holmes, who is featured in “M is for Mississippi,” will perform at 6:30 p.m. in Cooper Park, and the documentary will be screened at dark.
“M is for Mississippi,” is a “road trip through the birthplace of the blues,” according to its website, misformississippi.com.
Holmes owns one of the oldest juke joints in Mississippi, the Blue Front, in Bentonia.
“It’s a very cool documentary,” Smith said.
The Union County Development Foundation continues the music on Saturday with a Gospel Music Explosion that afternoon on the Courthouse Square.
Local bands will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by Mosley and Johnson Band and the Muscle Shoals Horns at 8 p.m.
“They’re just awesome,” Smith said of the Mosley and Johnson Band. “They have a great rhythm and blues sound.”
Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome at each event.
The museum continues its music series with Scott Chism and the Better Half on July 13, followed by Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition on July 27. Both shows are free.
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Summer Sunset Series
WHAT: Jimmy “Duck” Holmes performance and “M is for Mississippi” screening

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Cooper Park, downtown New Albany

INFO: (662) 538-0014

WHAT: Gospel Music Explosion

WHEN: Noon, Saturday

WHERE: Courthouse square, New Albany

WHAT: Local bands, followed by Mosley and Johnson Band with Muscle Shoals Horns

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Courthouse square, New Albany

INFO: (662) 534-4354

ALL OF THESE EVENTS are free.