BIRDSONG & BLUEGRASS
Saturday, April 29th from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Good food, good music, and birdsong: a great way to enjoy spring! Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to enjoy the outdoor music.
Take a guided nature walk, listen to bluegrass music, explore hands-on birding activities, see a spectacular live birds of prey program, and create a sidewalk chalk bird mural with the guidance of artisits as part of our celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Food will be available for purchase from Pig-n-Pint. This event is also scout-friendly. Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi who attend will meet requirements toward their IMBD patch and Cub Scouts will meet requirements for the Naturalist Badge.
Musicians: Alan Sibley and the Magnolia Ramblers, Bill Ellison and Temperance Babcock of MPB’s Grassroots fame with Jeff Perkins, and Bryan Ledford & the Accumulators will entertain you with classic folk and traditional bluegrass.
Alan Sibley and The Magnolia Ramblers
Alan Sibley and The Magnolia Ramblers have an excellent repertoire of traditional bluegrass songs, instrumentals and gospel music.
Sibley was recently added to the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Artist Roster. He’s been voted The Magnolia State Bluegrass Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2013 and Mandolin Player of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers have been featured multiple times on RFD-TV’s Cumberland Highlanders Show. http://www.alansibley.com/
Bill & Temperance with Jeff Perkins
Bill Ellison, Temperance Babcock, and Jeff Perkins build their distinctive sound on the classic combination of fiddle, bass, and acoustic guitar. Their vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements cover the musical spectrum from Bill Monroe to the Everly Brothers to Old Crow Medicine Show.
Ellison has been a mainstay in Mississippi’s acoustic music scene both as a performer and as host of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “Grassroots”. Babcock, a classically trained violinist and former member of the Mississippi Symphony, has studied under Felicia Moye and has recorded with members of Ricky Skaggs’s band Kentucky Thunder. Bill and Temperance are joined by well-known bassist and vocalist Jeff Perkins.
Bill and Temperance have been much in demand performing for the Jackson Advertising Federation, the National Governors Conference at the Hard Rock Casino on the MS Gulf Coast, the Neshoba County Fair, and featured at the MS Symphony’s Pepsi Pops Concert.
Contact: Bill Ellison (601) 832-4042
For more information on “Grassroots” visit www.mpbonline.org
Bryan Ledford & the Accumulators
Tommy Bryan Ledford is a journeyman musician who was born in the Mississippi delta and raised in the piney hills on the Louisiana side, where his childhood was spent in creeks and woods. After spending some formative time in the New Orleans area, he settled in North Mississippi’s Lafayette County, where he was fortunate enough to perform in numerous bands of local fame and regional renown (including the Sincere Ramblers, the Kudzu Kings, and the Taylor Grocery Band).
Along the way, he and some friends accidentally created the Governor’s Award-winning Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, a statewide southern culture radio program that features musicians, authors, and more in front of a live audience. The program is now in its 13th season.
Currently, Tommy resides in Fondren, Mississippi and plays electric catfish music, a collision of traditional jug band, bluegrass, country blues, and gospel stylings with his latest outfits, the
Dixie Nationals and Horse Trailer. Butcher Bird, his first solo record, is an original Southern Gothic assemblage of waylaid love songs, murder ballads, and brush arbor hymns recorded with Dirk Powell at the Cypress House in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Regular museum admission applies. FREE for Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation Members.
Admission: Adults – $6, Youth Ages 3-18 – $4, Senior Citizens 60 and Over – $5, Children Under 3 – FREE.