by Sherry Lucas
I always think of late August as summer’s last gasp. It’s often hot enough to leave us that way, panting away for the promise of fall and all its snappy breezes and cooler eves.
At the same time, I want to squeeze every last casual bit out of the season of beaches, shorts and fun in the sun — or even better in Mississippi, the shade.
If you’re still wanting festival action with a summer slant, Clinton’s Red Brick Roads Music & Arts Fest Friday and Saturday fills the metro area bill with music and more on the town’s quaint brick streets. Relax, catch a craft beer, some tunes and some snacks, make some new friends and revel in communal enjoyment.
Elsewhere, there’s plenty of fun under a roof with A/C, too, around town, with tribute bands, ice pops, rock, roll and rap.
Louisiana blues guitar master Jonathon “Boogie: Long lights into the instrument in a Wednesday show at Duling Hall. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. with opener 4 on the Floor. Tickets are $5 advance (ardenland.net), $10 at the door.
Coolest place to be Thursday has gotta be Banner Hall at 6 p.m., where a Cool Down with Banner Hall event offers pop up and jewelry shows by Bliss Gift and Home, shopping experience giveaways, tent sales, cocktail hour at Lemuria, gourmet burgers and king cake tasting by Broad Street Baker & Cafe, tent sales,and — as an ice-ing on it all, Deep South Pops.
New Orleans rapper Alfred Banks heads a roster of performers from New Orleans, Memphis, Baton Rouge and Jackson in Thursday’s Hip Hop show at Hal & Mal’s, 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 advance on ticketmaster.com.
Also Thursday, Midtown rocks with an 8-11 p.m. show featuring Kyle from Atlanta, Pensacola band Luckily I’m the Hunter, Him Horrison and Disco Lemonade at Offbeat, 151 Wesley Ave. It’s a free show, and donations are welcome.
Underground 119 lines up a stellar, bluesy way into your weekend, with Stevie J. Thursday, Jamell Richardson Friday and Lightnin Malcolm on tap Saturday.
Eke out the last bit of summer at the nearest weekend music festival, the Red Brick Roads Music & Arts Fest in downtown Clinton Friday and Saturday nights with its mix of bands, craft beer, art vendors, food trucks, film fest, shopping and more. Friday, 6-10 p.m. a songwriter showcase, round robin style, features Cody Cox, Patrick McClary, McKenzie Lockhart and Schaefer Llana, followed by the Nashville band Elliott Root. Saturday, music kicks off at 4 p.m. with Young Valley, Stoop Kids, Great Pyrenees, Knox Hamilton, Southern Komfort Brass Band and alt-rockers Colony House on two alternating stages. Tickets are $5 Friday and $10 Saturday, but a $10 two-day pass gets you in both days. Children younger than 10 get in free. Visit ardenland.net or redbrickroads.com for info and ticket links.
Join the EP release of singer/songwriter Seth Power, 8 p.m. Friday at Duling Hall, in a show that also features Jackson native rocker and his alt/pop rock band Jake Slinkard & Co. and young soulful pop artist Sam Mooney. It’s $7 advance (ardenland.net), $10 at the door.
Don’t stop believin’ there’s a Journey tribute close by. Find it Friday when the band SCARAB brings The Journey Experience, all the way from Boston, to The Hideaway. Doors open at 9 pm., it’s $15 for ages 18 and older, $25 for VIP.
The 4th annual Run for the Ribbons, 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday at the Women’s Specialty Care at Mirror Lake, 2925 Layfair Drive in Flowood, raises awareness for the primary gynecologic cancers — ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal and vulvar. Race proceeds will benefit the gynecologic oncology fund, which promotes continuing education and patient services. Register at raceroster.com.
Early Birds, Dinos and Java, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, also targets the early set, with a naturalist-guided bird walk to see the return of transient songbirds along museum trails. Get coffee and then explore the current “Be the Dinosaur” exhibit to get more info on those birds’ ancient relatives. Pre-registration is required (email@example.com). It’s free with museum admission.
Get back to Midtown on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the Millsaps Makers Market, a hotbed of creativity with live music, cool stuff, art studio tours and more. The action’s centered at the North Midtown Arts Center, 121 Millsaps Ave. While you’re out there, check out the North End Midtown Festival (corner of McTyere and Wilson) from noon to 7 p.m.
Join The Cured: The Ultimate Cure Experience, 8 p.m. Saturday at Duling Hall, for a tribute to English rock band. It’s $15 advance (ardenland.net), $20 at the door.
Celebrate Women’s Equality Day Saturday at Indivisible Jackson Metro’s and OFA Mississippi – Jackson’s voter registration drive, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Northpark Mall, supporting equality at the ballot box and empowering the vote.
Offbeat’s Beatcade on Saturday offers an evening of all-you-can-play gaming set to beat sets by DJ Young Venom and DJ YoungStatic. It’s $1 to play ‘em all, with beer specials to boot, starting at 9 p.m.
Saturday’s August edition of Audience Control is 8-10 p.m. at Hops and Habanas, with three unique artists taking the stage live for your entertainment (and judgment!). The evening also offers tunes from DJ SpreWhale Corleone and hosting by Sika Jay.
Oxford-based And the Echo brings ambient, electronic pop to the Martin’s stage, 10 p.m. Saturday. Jackson’s own Cody Cox is also in the lineup.
Dinner, Drinks and Jazz with Raphael Semmes perks up a Tuesday night, 6 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s, where Jackson’s favorite bass player takes the stage with some of his favorite local musicians. It’s free in the dining room.
The Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series gets an early start with Tuesday’s “Faulkner — His Past Is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past,” focusing on the Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner. Hear about his legacy and continued relevance in this program by Anita Modak-Truran, executive producer of the first official Faulkner documentary, and Paul Summers, the author’s oldest grandson, 7 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall on the Millsaps College campus. Tickets to the program are $10. Season tickets also are available; visit millsaps.edu.
Fondrenite Sherry Lucas, a feature writer in Jackson for the last 33 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a sampling of creativity and culture from Fondren and beyond. For additional Fondren-centric events, see our Fondren events calendar. Reach Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org.