Festivities for Fourth start Friday

Published 12:30 am Sunday, June 26, 2011

Vicksburg will rock and roll — then chill — for this weekend’s celebration of the Fourth of July.

Live music will be on tap beginning Friday and continue through July 4, when the homegrown soft-rock band, The Chill, will usher in the annual fireworks extravaganza, this year named Chillin on the 4th, at 9 p.m.

“Everything should go without a hitch,” said Joe Graves, the City of Vicksburg Parks and Recreation boss who is events coordinator for the red, white and blue weekend.

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Speaking of Red, White and Blue(s), that’s the name of the group in charge of music for the weekend.

The groups and venues:

• The Chill will play from the front porch of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Depot, which became somewhat of a national icon for the city during the historic Mississippi River flood that cleared a month before the weekend celebration.

• Birthday celebrations honoring the late Willie Dixon, a blues artist and Vicksburg native, will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Duff’s Tavern & Grille downtown and at Vicksburg Auditorium. At Duff’s, Jerry James will perform Cajun blues. At the auditorium, T.K. Soul and Jeff Floyd will perform. The Dixon celebrations are sponsored by the Vicksburg Heritage League and the Vicksburg Blues Society.

• From 3 p.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday, Monsour’s at the Biscuit Company, also downtown, will host Johnny Crocker, Mike & Marty, DeAnna Nicole and Sonny Ridell.

• Also on Saturday, Jamie Isonhood will play the blues on piano at Duff’s at 7 p.m.