Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will hold its 18th Annual “Blues Bash” Friday, June 3 from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. on the Museum’s front lawn. This year’s event will feature The House Rockers, a well-known blues party band from Jackson, Mississippi.

The House Rockers, a 9-piece blues band, received recognition for their contributions to blues music when the State of Mississippi erected a Mississippi Blues Trail historical marker at the legendary Subway Lounge in Jackson where they played. For 15 years, the House Rockers was the lounge’s mainstay band and were fronted by singers Levon Lindsey, Abdul Rasheed, and the King Edward (Antoine) Blues Band. Featured in the Robert Mugge documentary Last of the Mississippi Jukes, the House Rockers’ brand of blues carries infectious grooves, screaming guitars and scorching horns.

Blues Bash tickets are $25 each and include a barbecue dinner from The Smokehouse of Laurel. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum or by contacting 601.649.6374 or by Wednesday, June 1. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain, Blues Bash will be held at The Reserve.

Blues Bash is sponsored by Southern Beverage Company, BancorpSouth, Chancellor Supply, Eagle Transportation, Ellis and Walters Dental Care, Gholson Burson Entrekin & Orr, PLLC, Kim’s Chrysler Toyota, The Koerber Company, Roy Rogers Body Shop, Coca-Cola of Laurel, Laurel Leader-Call, Rock 104, and WDAM-TV. Proceeds from Blues Bash support the Museum’s education program.

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