Biloxi

Arrived in Biloxi after a drive through the windblown, woodsy/marshy Hwy 10. Evidence everywhere of the storms. Fallen lamposts, litter, even still some abandoned cars that are gradually getting cleared away.
First stop was the Government Street Grocery cafe in Ocean Springs, a quaint little town that was spared the flood because it sits on higher ground. After a nice evening chatting with local musicians/fans, and a beautiful sunset, I headed out with my guide, Justin Hooks, the entertainment editor for the Sun Herald for a tour of the local music scene. (Justin thanks for everything).
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We wound up out in the woods several miles off the main highway at a storage shed that has been adopted as the rehearsal space for a bunch of local bands…


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Was warmly welcome by local metal band Feid and their storage mates Kiss the Cop. They’ve completely decked out their shed – knocked down walls, put up carpet and insulation, even moved in a fusball table. Nice PA system. The perfect practice spot -miles from civilization so they can crank it up… which they indeed did!
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Both bands are managed by Jon “Fat Guy” Marte, a promoter and real champion of local bands. A Sacramento transplant, he’s been at it for years and clearly cares about the musicians. One thing EVERY young band needs is a good manager or mentor to help them be smart about their careers. Fat Guy also gave me a pile of other local selections. What really needs to happen is a joining of these local music communities with other towns across the country.
Three doors down (band of the same name is a local group) were Down II None, another pretty hard-edged rock band. They’ve also created a nice space – which had not long ago been under 5 feet of water. (one amp was found floating and was salvaged!)
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I remain really inspired by all of these musicians. They’ve been together for several years, practicing 3-4 times per week, and touring regionally, while holding down jobs to pay the rent. It’s true dedication. The music was really solid – good musicianship and plenty of intricate part-writing. Could only get there through a lot of work. Most have learned to play on their own.
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Headed back in the wee hours to the bed and breakfast I shared with some displaced families and some FEMA contractors in town for the reconstruction. Even though this is my first time to MS and I don’t have a sense of that the state was like before, it has clearly gone through a trauma. Wishing everyone the best.

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19 thoughts on “Biloxi

  1. Your site is fantastic…. I have it playing all the time…. wicked guys… keep up the great work and finding more awesome artists ;-)

  2. Dear Tim,
    I think what you’re doing is great! I’m a seventh grader at Walter R. Sundling Junior High in Palatine Illinois. I play the Trumpet!!! Our school has one of the best bands in the state! I don’t have Internet at home so I come in early to school so I can listen to Pandora and check my e-mail.
    Thanks!!!,
    Evan
    P.S. Your site has some gerat music!!!

  3. I was raised around the finest musicicians, from Musselshoals, to Mobile. Sure, we are bluesy, and unrefined but we have so much soul and the lyrics that flow are the same ones that give you any and every heart beat of all music today. If you ever go through the deep south, check again for the real ones who have been there from huricane to hurricane and hurricane again. Love the young pups but they don’t even begin to shine like the true die hards. You would be doing yourself a favor to go there, while it’s still there and give these brave souls a “Real” look.

  4. I live and work in Biloxi. I just found this posting but have been listening to Pandora at work and home as much as possible. A college bud told me about just a couple of weeks ago. I guess I just missed you coming through town. My wife and I stayed in the hospital at the air base here while I pulled shifts to help take care of the patients we couldn’t get out. Lately though, it’s been hard finding what was of the music scene. You’re right, it’s just not what it was and advertising for this stuff is hard to find. rock on.

  5. good to hear the tour went well. had to cut out after the julep room, had some car troubles after we left. great meeting you though tim. good luck finding more great music. … in case you forgot the cd with the number 8 on it is eristocracy from starkville ms. thanks.

  6. Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for Pandora and the music Genome…the greatest invention ever!
    Your work is really an inspiration to me.
    Paola
    France.

  7. Love this concept. Just heard about it and am using it already.
    I’m a soundtrack freak. When might you be offering up soundtracks?

  8. Tim, I don’t know if you are still in MS but, if you are, check out the Subway Lounge in Jackson. Lotsa history there as well as good music.

  9. Still loving Pandora!! Come to the far east coast-Pawleys Island, they have some great house bands and a thirst for more music than you could stream out.

  10. Hi your right ms has suffered a great trauma i just moved back to pascagoula ms and it was hit hard with flooding. I just started listening to pandora yesterday june 9th i had someone very close to me tell me about it and you know what i love it!I think its better then the radio thank you for pandora its perfect!

  11. Hi my name is Eric.Iam currently in a melal band in minot ND and Iam moving yo biloxi MS.Society Lies is the band Im with you can see on myspace under Society Lies.Im looking to start a band or join one. Im a very experenced drummer with no time to waist so please call me if you are interested or Know someone who is my number is 701-240-9729

  12. I can’t recall just how I stumbled on Pandora but man am I glad I did! Love how you’ve got the site set up.It’s like walking in a labyrinth…only it’s so full of wonderful goodies!I’ve come across some really amazing muscians that I never knew existed!WOW!Keep up the good work, God Bless, and I’ll be telling people to get on board!

  13. Awww, man! Hate that I’m just finding out about this – would have loved to have been involved!
    Next time, please have a meet-up in Jackson! There are LOTS of Pandora listeners here. We can show you a great time.
    Best, Anna

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