Party on the Mississippi River: Country music star Tyler Childers to join Bishop Gunn for second annual music fest
NATCHEZ — More than 100 people kicked off the music lineup for the second annual Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil with an announcement party in Natchez Friday afternoon.
“This city’s greatest asset is its people, and there is a great group of guys who love this town — Bishop Gunn,” Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell said as he was drowned out by the crowd clapping and hollering in agreement.
Bishop Gunn drummer Burne Sharpe announced the lineup.
Bands that will be playing on May 11 on the Natchez bluff include the following:
- Magnolia Bayou. The South Mississippi band returns to the annual crawfish boil with its psychedelic, funk and blues-based rock music.
- Southern Avenue. The debut album of this Memphis based five-piece blues and soul band entered the US Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart at No. 6.
- Black Stone Cherry. This American hard rock group from Edmonton, Kentucky, plays music that incorporates hints of rockabilly and folk-country.
- Tyler Childers. Childers’ 2017 album “Purgatory” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 17 on the Country albums chart and No. 4 on the Americana/Folk albums chart.
Bishop Gunn will also be playing during the event.
“We have some kick-a** music on this year’s lineup,” music promoter Arden Barnett told the crowd before the announcement of the lineup.
Barnett thanked the crowd and sponsors for the support, including the City of Natchez which Barnett said was instrumental in the success of last year’s inaugural event.
“The city really stepped up to the plate and came through for us,” Barnett said. “(Last year’s event) wouldn’t have happened without their support.”
Natchez native and actor Ritchie Montgomery praised the lineup and Bishop Gunn for their support of Natchez.
“With these guys in Natchez, Rock and Roll is in good hands right now,” Montgomery said.
Tickets are $30 for general admission and $250 for VIP access, which includes full access to the VIP tent, food and drink, air-conditioned restrooms, access to VIP viewing area.
To purchse tickets go to ardenland.net or call 877-987-6487.
NATCHEZ — If you are brave enough to take your eyes off “Ma” you might be able to catch a glimpse of Natchez when the psychological thriller opens in movie theaters across the country on May 31. On Wednesday, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions released the movie trailer for the film directed by Tate Taylor and starring Octavia Spencer. Taylor and film producer John Norris live in the Church Hill community north of Natchez. Although the film’s story takes place in Ohio, many Natchez scenes, including the Alcorn State School of Business, businesses on East Franklin Street, the Natchez City Cemetery, Magnolia Bluffs Casino and the recently closed Bowie’s Tavern, are recognizable in the film’strailer. The movie was filmed in Natchez last February, and Spencer portrays a woman who befriends a group of teenagers looking for someone to buy them booze. Spencer’s character who likes to be called “Ma” invites them to hang out in her basement. Things take a decidedly creepy turn when Ma’s friendliness turns into obsession and the teenagers realize they are in way over their heads. Spencer has starred in several movies directed by Taylor, including the James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” which was also filmed in Natchez and Jackson in 2013, and “The Help.” Spencer won an Academy Award for her performance in that movie. “Ma” also stars “August: Osage County” star Juliette Lewis, “Beauty and the Beast” star Luke Evans, “Hart of Dixie” star McKaley Miller. Share this:FacebookEmailPrintTwitterLike this:Like Loading... read more