Monday, June 21, 2004

Young musicians sought for blues group's talent show

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues Commission is looking for young people who play musical instruments. Students from seventh grade through college are invited to enter the commission's talent show Aug. 21 and 22, according to President Addie Brent.

Winners will perform at the MGCBC's 14th annual Blues & Heritage Festival on Sept. 11 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Pascagoula.

The talent contest will be at the Families First Resource Center on Jefferson Street in Moss Point. Contest entrants will be split into a category for grades 7-11 and another for 12th through college. Auditions will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 21 and at 3 p.m. Aug. 22. One winner will be chosen in each age group. The contest is open to individuals only, no bands.

The Blues Commission encourages young people to participate in music and to carry on the tradition and heritage of the blues. Applications may be picked up beginning July 12 at the Families First Resource Center in Moss Point or at WJZD in Gulfport. No applications will be accepted after Aug. 18.

Eight gospel acts and eight blues acts will perform under a covered pavilion at the festival. Willis Clayton will be the headliner and radio owner and personality Rip Daniels will be honored for his contributions to the festival.

The JCCAC Families First Resource Center and WJZD 94.5 are sponsoring the talent competition along with the Blues Commission. Call 228-497-5493 for more information.

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