Performance Barn Stage – Fri 7:30 pm
Performance Blues Stage – Sat 11:00 am
Workshop Blues Stage – Sat 2:45 pm
Mississippi Heat – veterans of the international blues circuit and called by the Chicago Sun Times – ‘quite simply the hottest [blues] band in Chicago…’ will ignite the Blues Stage this summer with a sound simultaneously rooted in tradition and yet firmly at the front of the Blues vanguard.
Band leader and composer, Pierre Lacocque’s vision has never wavered since he founded his band in 1991. His mantra is clear and focused. The band has always had an ensemble sound: all musicians are featured and welcome to contribute on stage and on recordings. Steeped in Chicago’s golden sounds of the 1950’s like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson,etc… the Blues stylings of Mississippi Heat are also cutting edge contemporary – Lacocque always pushing the boundaries with new material.
The band is now on an extensive North American tour promoting their latest release, Delta Bound, which celebrates Mississippi Heat’s 20th year in the business, and their 10th album! This is a strong and heartfelt post-war blues CD, with a true vintage feel with fourteen original songs, twelve by Pierre Lacocque, and two written and/or arranged by Inetta Visor, lead singer, who has blessed Mississippi Heat with her powerful, Etta James-like voice since 2001. With a jam-packed tour schedule, including dates at the Chicago Blues Festival beforehand, catch Mississippi Heat here at R&B21 this coming August.