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ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019 | Mississippi Heat | Red Haired Strangers | James Edmonds Heavenly Echoes
April 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join us for a night of roots music at WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio. Profits go to benefit The J.C. Club, Cheryl’s Lodge Outreach Center, Captain CHS, RISSE and other local childrens charities.
Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is “Traditional Blues With A Unique Sound” as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas.
MISSISSIPPI HEAT’s name is a reflection of Pierre’s reverence for Mississippi’s blues culture and music. The band’s conviction is that there is no deeper music than Delta-inspired blues to express what lies in everyone’s soul. They have received world-wide critical acclaim, including from Living Blues Magazine: “MISSISSIPPI HEAT delivers its traditional urban blues with a freshness, energy and competence that makes them a treasure on today’s Chicago scene.”
Mississippi Heat is known internationally for their passionate blues delivery. Overseas and national touring have been an integral part of their work for decades. The band has appeared at many world-famous festivals including many in the US (like the Pocono’s and the Chicago Blues Festivals), Scandinavia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Canada, Tunisia, Finland, Venezuela and in Mexico, among many others. Besides a scheduled European tour for 2018, they will also soon perform in Dubai.
Buddy Guy has gone on record saying that it’s “been a long time since I heard a good blues band like this.” And recently the band received this critical acclaim from Bonnie Tallman at the Billtown Blues Festival (Hughesville, PA): “Can’t find enough words to express how blown away everyone was with the Mississippi Heat performance! It was spectacular in every way.”
The band has made waves on the blues charts by regularly reaching the #1 spot on Living Blues Magazine’s radio charts.
THE RED HAIRED STRANGERS:
The Red Haired Strangers have been playing together for over 20 years, forging original music with Country, Blues, & Bluegrass influences. Beginning as a guitar & harmonica duo, the sound of the Red Haired Strangers has been enriched with the addition of fiddle, upright bass and drums. Since 2003 the band has been performing their own mix of covers & original Country-Blues—perfect for the bar-room or the back porch—at numerous festivals, watering holes, & gatherings throughout the Northeast.
JAMES EDMONDS HEAVENLY ECHOES:
The Heavenly Echoes was founded more than 50 years ago by Deacon James Edmonds of Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church in Albany, NY. In the Southern-soul style, the singers and musicians bring their authentic, heartfelt music to churches and community events throughout the Capital Region.