PRINCETON — Chicago blues band Mississippi Heat will return to the Festival 56 stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is famous for its fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas. The band’s motto is “Traditional Blues with a Unique Sound.”
Mississippi Heat’s name is a reflection of Lacocque’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. The blues group has received worldwide critical acclaim, including accolades 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 its passionate blues delivery. Overseas and national touring have been an integral part of the band’s work for decades. Mississippi Heat has appeared at world-famous festivals in the U.S., Scandinavia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Canada, Tunisia, Finland, Venezuela and Mexico, among many others. The band’s scheduled tour for 2018 will take the group through Europe and the Middle East.
Buddy Guy has gone on record saying that it’s “been a long time since I heard a good blues band like this.” 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 No. 1 spot on Living Blues magazine’s radio charts.
Mississippi Heat will perform at Festival 56’s Grace Performing Arts Center, located at 316 S. Main St. in Princeton. The venue is completely accessible with ample parking nearby. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit www.festival56.com or call 815-879-5656. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for sale at the lobby bar. For further information, call the box office at 815-879-5656.