I caught up with 2018’s Hal’s St. Paddy’s grand marshal V.A. Patterson last year at Hal’s Marching Malfunction & Second Line Stomp. Image: Sherry Lucas

by Sherry Lucas

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade rolls on Saturday with all its attendant festivities and this year, again with the Sweet Potato Queens® and Wannabe followers back in the big parade. Find them, as well as all the crazy krewes we’ve come to know and love over the — yep — decades, it’ll be a rollick’n’roll for sure. The parade’s at 1 p.m., but set up early to catch the City Sweep, as the SPQs and more collect donations for Batson Children’s Hospital.

Don your green, slap on a smile and head downtown for this annual rite of spring in Jackson, where irreverence is celebrated, costumes are welcome and a party spirit prevails. This time around, gin up your inner Beatles fan for the “A Magical Mystery Tour” theme and come together. All you need is love … and a good laugh. Doubtless, you’ll find both downtown.

And as if that weren’t enough, there’s MORE, as spring sneaks up and gooses us into action. Get out and find that fun, Y’all.

The Ledford Family Band delivers spirited tunes along that vintage Ledford “electric catfish music” vein, where traditional jug band, bluegrass, country blues and gospel stylings find a jaunty spot to mix and mingle and entertain all who listen, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday in the dining room at Hal & Mal’s.

Kickback at the Compound, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays at the Kundi Compound.

Bend – AND Brew – tonight – as Highland Village kicks off their free seasonal fitness series which pairs local instructors with guests for a short work out sessions followed by a free beer (or Popsicle) from Deep South Pops. Tonight’s event kicks off at 6 p.m. in the courtyard.

Funny for the Free! 8 p.m. Wednesday at Offbeat and hosted by Merc B Williams and Phillip Young-venom Rollins, features local comedians and supplies all your hump day humor needs, for a great price.

Raw, fierce, Americana – with sounds of roots, blues and soul: that’s Sarah Peacock, and she’s performing live Wednesday at Barrelhouse. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. and there’s no cover.

Image: SarahPeacockMusic.com

Get your bidness on at Wednesday’s “The Price Is Right,” 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Tickets to this live version of the popular TV game show are $31-$50 at ticketmaster.com.

New Stage Theatre’s production of the new “Sweet Potato Queens” musical, sold out through its Sunday matinee, is being held over for an additional performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Don’t miss the fun, laughs, music and songs, based on Mississippi author Jill Conner Browne’s funny best-sellers. For tickets, call 601-948-3533 or visit newstagetheatre.com.

Green Oak will host a demonstration by Winward Designs, “A Fresh Take on Faux,” on the inspiring work of Mississippi native, Matt Wood. There are two sessions Thursday, 10 a.m. and noon – and both are free at the store’s Old Canton Road location.

Museum After Hours, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, includes #ARTBATTLEMMA!, a live competitive painting event that has local artists responding to prompts and quickly create works of art across timed rounds (with creations available for purchase on Saturday, with 70 percent of sales going to the artists). More fun: DJ Pretty Ricky, a collaborative dance performance by Force Fields, Art Lab challenge and more.

Gear up for the art battle at Thursday’s Museum After Hours. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

Gather in The Courtyard at Highland Village Friday for a free showing of the famous family-friendly movie, “Peter Rabbit,” during Fam Friday. The event is free, but space is limited. Register here through Eventbrite.

Legendary singer — as well Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Blues Hall of Famer — Mavis Staples brings her incredible voice to Thalia Mara Hall, 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25-$30 and up at ticketmaster.com.

Get a leg up — both, actually — on Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival with Friday night’s Hal’s Marching Malfunction & Second Line Stomp at Cathead Distillery, where marching krewes meet and chill and hit Court Street for a funky, meandering march to Hal & Mal’s. Feel free to drop by Cathead as early as 3 p.m. for the party, which really tends to crank up closer to 5. Cathead Vodka cocktails and craft beer will fuel the fun, and the Epic Funk Brass Band will be playing 5-7 p.m. Admission is free.

The Epic Funk Brass Band will be playing 5-7 p.m. during the Hal’s Marching Malfunction & Second Line Stomp. Image: Epic Funk Brass Band


Friday’s Country Cousinz Concert, 7 p.m. at Kundi Compound hones in on the Mississippi vs. Louisiana III in this series, featuring rappers from both states.

The Newscast EP Release Show, 7-11 p.m. Friday at The Lowry House, 1031 N. Congress St., celebrates the release of the synth-pop band’s “5” with a party/show/dance floor that also includes Lo Noom, Schaefer LIana & Cowboy Cole Reformation. It’s $7.

Spring Market, this weekend at the Mississippi Trade Mart, pools fashion, home, garden and gift boutiques for a prime shopping experience. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 a day, $18 for a three-day pass and $40 VIP, with additional special event options at eventbrite.com.

Georgia Americana/outlaw country artist Brent Cobb brings his “Sucker for a Good Time” Tour to Duling Hall, 8 p.m. Friday, sharing the sort of cool rural vibe that should resonate in these parts. Adam Hood opens. Tickets are $12 advance (ardenland.net) and $15 day of show.

Brent Cobb plays Duling Hall Friday night. Image: ardenland

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade rolls on Saturday with “A Magical Mystery Tour” theme and restaurateur/Beatles fan Robert St. John in the parade marshal seat and the Sweet Potato Queens as well as their horde of wild and wacky Wannabes back in all their regal glory. Lots of fun to be had, folks, whatever your age and inclination, all on Saturday: 8 a.m. – Fleet Feet St. Paddy’s 5K (Pascagoula St. at Jackson Convention Complex); 9 a.m. – Clarion-Ledger Hal’s St. Paddy’s Children’s Parade (West St., front of Thalia Mara Hall); 10 a.m. – Hollywood Feed and St. Paddy’s Pet Parade (West Street beside Thalia Mara Hall); 11 a.m. – Children’s Parade (West Street beside Thalia Mara Hall): 1 p.m. – Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade (starts State at Court, proceeds on Court, to West, to Capitol and back to State); Hal’s St. Paddy’s Festival ($10 entry, bit.ly/HSPFest2019)  kicks up right after the parade at Hal & Mal’s in the parking lot, with Yesterday Beatles Tribute, Mustache The Band, The Bluz Boys and Southern Komfort Brass Band.

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade is Saturday in downtown Jackson. Image: Sherry Lucas

Martin’s Downtown St Paddy’s Party, 10 a.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday at Martin’s, includes libations and live music from DJ Young Venom and DJ Nasty Show (early) plus the Epic Funk Brass Band and Afroman (7 p.m.). It’s $10 at the door and on ticketfly.com.

The hills are alive — and so is Thalia Mara Hall — with music Saturday, in two performances of the touring production of “The Sound of Music,” at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$100 and up at ticketmaster.com. Matinee-goers, be mindful of the huge parade and festivities in the vicinity Saturday afternoon; email jdlewis@city.jackson.ms.us with any questions about parking and the best travel route.

Be like a leprechaun and hop/dance on over the St. Patrick’s Party at Fenian’s Pub, 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s “Spring Delight” chamber concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Millsaps College’s Ford Academic Complex, includes classical and neoclassical delights by Bach, Schubert and Stravinsky, plus the world premiere of Mississippi composer Ben Williams’ “One More Day,” featuring MSO principal bass Susan Landry. For tickets, call 601-960-1565 or visit msorchestra.com.

MSO principal bass Susan Landry is featured in Saturday’s “Spring Delight” chamber concert at Millsaps’ Ford Academic Complex. Image: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Christian rock band Casting Crowns comes to the Mississippi Coliseum, 7 p.m. Saturday. Find tickets, $14-$79-plus, at ticketmaster.com.

Need to stretch out that St. Paddy’s fun? Check in for Sunday’s St. Paddy’s Day Brunch at Saltine Restaurant, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for Irish-themed food and drink specials.

Tuesday, hear all about “The Muscle Shoals Influence on Music Today,” straight from the tunesmiths’ mouths, as musicians Will Kimbrough, Kate Campbell and Spooner Oldham present a program of music and storytelling, 7 p.m. at Millsaps College’s Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall. It’s $10.

Will Kimbrough will perform as part of this month’s Millsap’s Arts & Lecture series. Image: WillKimbrough.com

Planning ahead:

Join a complimentary morning yoga class led by instructor Rick McKnight, 7-8 a.m. March 27 at Cultivation Food Hall at The District at Eastover.

Mark your calendar for the March 27 Beth Israel Bazaar at Beth Israel Congregation. Get a sneak peek/reminder of the menu of authentic Jewish foods, just to whet your appetite, at bethisraelms.org.

Barrelhouse is hosting an Abita Beer Dinner, Wednesday, March 27. Tickets are going fast!

Celtic Fest is next weekend, March 29 and 30, at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.

Sherry Lucas, a features writer in Jackson for the last 35 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a curated sampling of creativity and culture from across the metro area. For additional Fondren events, see our online calendar here. Reach Sherry at sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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