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Each year, Festival 56 proudly offers a number of special events in addition to our annual slate of productions. Please visit often as we add many wonderful presentations, events and trips throughout the year.



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Mississippi Heat

Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 7:30pm
Grace Performing Arts Center

Mississippi Heat

Tickets: Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Call the box office 815-879-5656, email us at boxoffice@festival56.com, or purchase tickets online.

Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is "Traditional Blues With A Unique Sound" as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas.

Mississippi Heat's name is a reflection of Pierre's reverence for Mississippi's blues culture and music. The band’s conviction is that there is no deeper music than Delta-inspired blues to express what lies in everyone's soul. They have received world-wide critical acclaim, including from Living Blues Magazine: "Mississippi Heat delivers its traditional urban blues with a freshness, energy and competence that makes them a treasure on today's Chicago scene."

Mississippi Heat is known internationally for their passionate blues delivery. Overseas and national touring have been an integral part of their work for decades. The band has appeared at many world-famous festivals including many in the US (like the Pocono's and the Chicago Blues Festivals), Scandinavia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Canada, Tunisia, Finland, Venezuela and in Mexico, among many others. Besides a scheduled European tour for 2018, they will also soon perform in Dubai.

Buddy Guy has gone on record saying that it's "been a long time since I heard a good blues band like this." And recently the band received this critical acclaim from Bonnie Tallman at the Billtown Blues Festival (Hughesville, PA): "Can't find enough words to express how blown away everyone was with the Mississippi Heat performance! It was spectacular in every way."

The band has made waves on the blues charts by regularly reaching the #1 spot on Living Blues Magazine's radio charts.

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