by Sherry Lucas
Back in the day, I kicked up heels aplenty to the spirited rock’n’roll of bands both domestic and imported, so it’s always absolutely stellar to catch them again live.
That’s the case when performance dynamo Larry Raspberry & the Highsteppers once again light a fire under Jackson with a style that combines the heat of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard with the coolness Memphis R&B. When it comes to Larry, what’s there to say, but “Keep On Dancing” (as his hit with The Gentrys will tell you)!
That’s the Friday night fun at Duling Hall. Rest assured, there’s plenty more to fill your days ahead.
Dig into the fun of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong — infectious funk meets psychedelic jams and experimental electronics, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Duling Hall. Funk You opens. It’s $13 advance (ardenland.net), $15 day of show.
Dish up the good stuff Thursday at the 3rd annual Lane of Lanterns Farm to Table fundraising dinner benefiting the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, with a cocktail hour followed by a three-course dinner by featured chefs Nick Wallace and Katie Dixon. It’s $75 on eventbrite.com.
April’s last Thursday means the Sunset Concert Series at Lakeshore Park on the Ross Barnett Reservoir, 6 p.m., with Chasin’ Dixie’s Zack Bridges and Trey Miller. Admission is $5 a carload. Food, beverage and beer vendors will be onsite.
Canton Mart Square’s Spring Open House, 5 p.m. Thursday, rolls out the welcome mat for shoppers, browsers, snackers and more at the area’s merchants and restaurants, such as Crazy Cat Eat Up, Haven Curated Home, Latitudes, View Gallery and more.
Larry Raspberry & the Highsteppers kick the good times/great rock’n’roll into high gear Friday night at Duling Hall, as this dynamic performer ramps up the true spirit of the genre and takes the audience right along with him! It’s $20 advance (ardenland.net) and $25 day of show.
Moving Images in Mississippi, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, screens the 1969 film “The Reivers,” set in turn-of-the-century Mississippi and starring Steve McQueen.
The Fam Friday outdoor movie, 7 p.m. Friday at Highland Village, resurrects a ‘90s hit with popcorn and family fun. Bring a picnic and hang out.
The Country Cousinz Concert Series: Jackson vs Alabama & Florida, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday at Hal & Mal’s pits indie artists from Jackson against their peers from around the country in an event to build networks as well as entertainment. Jackson’s Reneee Lee and Jo’De BOY and Z, Alabama’s Q Dot Davis and Florida’s Big Lo are among the players. There’s an 8 p.m. door; admission is $10.
The Youth Fishing Rodeo, 8 a.m. Saturday at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, means free fishing for registered participants ages15 and younger, with games and prizes. Bring your own rod or pole, string, bait, tackle box and cooler. Call 601-960-1807 for more details.
The Boychoir Bowtie Jazz Brunch, the annual Mississippi Boychoir benefit event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Manship, features entertainment by Raphael Semmes Quartet and such tasty munchables as French toast bread pudding and hash brown casserole. General admission is $50 on mississippiboychoir.networkforgood.com.
Americana artist Jeff Crosby & the Refugees are the draw Saturday night at Martin’s, 10 p.m.
It’s music to your ears Saturday at Birdsong & Bluegrass, 4-8 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, with performances by Bryan Ledford & the Accumulators, Alan Sibley & the Magnolia Ramblers, a live bird of prey show, food trucks and much more. Find a schedule at mdwfp.com.
Sippin’ Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Lucky Town Brewing Company, is a chance to indulge great tastes in beers and music, with new tunes from Kicking, Spacewolf and Bad Magic. There’s no cover charge.
Mississippi Opera’s “Turandot” brings Puccini’s final masterpiece to the stage at Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the state’s largest opera production to date — sets to costumes to cast that includes Elizabeth Beers Kataria as the merciless Chinese princess of the title and Todd Wilander as the prince trying to meet her challenge. For tickets, $35-$65 (discounts for students and military), visit msopera.org or call 601-960-2300.
Contemporary Christian music artist, Dove and Grammy awards winner Chris Tomlin brings “Worship Night in America,” 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Coliseum, with Kim Walker-Smith of Jesus Culture, Matt Maher and more on the bill. Find tickets, $10-$67 on ticketmaster.com.
Cheesy, crispy, melty, gooey, tasty fun awaits Sunday, 2-8 p.m., at the Belhaven Grilled Cheese Fest at Laurel Park, where a grilled cheese cook-off competition awaits. Up for grabs at the grill are a year’s worth of bragging rights as neighborhood teams vie for the best grilled cheese. It’s free; chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome, and there will be live music sponsored by the Belhaven Improvement Association.
Sherry Lucas, a features writer in Jackson for the last 34 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a curated sampling of creativity and culture from across the metro area. For additional events, see our online events calendar here. Reach Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org.