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May 2015

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Katrina +10 A Evening With.. / Katrina Conversations

Katrina +10 will host a series of one-on-one presentations. Key policymakers and stakeholders in the Katrina recovery share their insights into the challenges and successes in responding to the unprecedented natural disaster. Some of the areas and services in south Mississippi that were impacted by Katrina's wrath share their progress and challenges.

May 27 - Kathleen Koch, Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
June 17 - Y'all Aboard, Biloxi Civic Center
July 8 - Haley Barbour, Biloxi Civic Center
July 15 - Baptism by Katrina, Biloxi Civic Center
August 12 - The Blueprint For Progress, Biloxi Civic Center 

  • Date(s): 05/13/2015 - 08/12/2015
  • Times: 7pm
  • Phone: 228-374-5547
  • Admission: Free

33rd Annual Mississippi Memorial Day Blowout

May 22-25 

Huge annual event offering a wide array of events such as three racing classes, street war racing, eight bike show classes, unique events to enjoy, and live music. Formally the All Harley Gulfport Memorial Day Blowout. Same group..same FUN...just had to invite open to all types of bikes.

  • Date(s): 05/22/2015 - 05/25/2015
  • Times: Gates open @ 8am
  • Location: Gulfport Dragway, 17085 Race Track Road, Gulfport
  • Contact: Smokey Stepputat - Publicity
  • Phone: 228-392-8281
  • Admission: Admission Charged - Call for tickets

5th Annual St. Clare Seafood Festival

May 22-24

Festival features fantastic food of all kinds and of course seafood, rides, live music, crafts, silent auction, raffle, 5K run and much more! Don't miss this exceptional festival as it returns to the beach. Proceeds benefit St. Clare Catholic Church. 

  • Date(s): 05/22/2015 - 05/24/2015
  • Times: Friday 6pm-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday Noon-6pm
  • Location: St. Clare Catholic Church, 236 South Beach Blvd, Waveland
  • Contact: Earline Thomas or Kathy Scott (Vendor Contact)
  • Phone: 228-363-2769 / 228-467-9275
  • Admission: Spectators Free


May 22-23

Abbacadabra, The Ultimate Abba Tribute Band, headlines a FREE two-day concert on the Harrah's Great Lawn.

  • Date(s): 05/22/2015 - 05/23/2015
  • Times: TBA
  • Location: Harrah's, Great Lawn, 280 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 946-2946, (228) 436-2946
  • Admission: Free

Country Throwback Tour

May 22-23

Country Throwback Tour featuring: Mark Chesnutt, Gonna Get a Life, Almost Goodbye, I Don't Want to Miss a Thing and Bubba Shot the Jukebox; Joe Diffie, John Deere Green, Pick Up Man, Third Rock from the Sun and Ships that Don't Come In; Collin Raye, In This Life, My Kind of Girl, I Can Still Feel You and Love, Me. 

  • Date(s): 05/22/2015 - 05/23/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Island View Casino Resort, 3300 West Beach Blvd, Gulfport
  • Phone: (877) 774-8439 or (228) 314-2100
  • Admission: $35

Harrison County Gem and Mineral Show

May 22-24

Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Rocks and Jewelry available to purchase. Vendors will have gems and minerals from natural state to finished gems ready to be placed in settings or to be incorporated into your own design. There will be rocks to display or collect Beautiful jewelry to purchase to compliment you or your special someone. Pearls, opals, Louisiana Opal, amethyst, aquamarine, emeralds, just to name a very few that are available. Rocks you have never heard about. Beautiful colors and combinations. They come from all over the world. Geodes, be the first to see inside of the geode that has taken thousands of years to create.
Exhibits of collections of rocks, meteorites, amoung other things. Demonstations on cutting cabochons, faceting crystals, wire wrapping and chainmaille to make your own bling. Activity center (Come make a Gem Tree).

  • Date(s): 05/22/2015 - 05/24/2015
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 10-6 Sunday 10-4
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum and Convention Center
  • Contact: Lynn Tate
  • Phone: 228-342-2361
  • Admission: $5
  • General Admission Child: Children under 10 free

Harvey Jesus and Fire

May 22-23
Harvey Jesus & Fire is Louisiana's premier variety band. Located near New Orleans, the band has played venues all over the Gulf Coast. Versatility and giving audiences what they want is their key ingredients to success. With an extensive song list and the talent to back it up, Harvey Jesus & Fire ensures a great time for everybody!

  • Date(s): 05/22/2015 - 05/23/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Silver Slipper, 5000 South Beach Blvd, Bay St. Louis
  • Phone: (866) 754-7737 or (228) 469-2777
  • Admission: Spectators Free!

11th Annual Jazz in the Pass

May 23-24

Jazz in the Pass is moving to the streets of Downtown Pass Christian with free outdoor performances taking place at the town pavilion on the corner of Davis and Second Streets. The festival weekend kicks off on Friday night with a Jazz Party (tickets required.) Saturday activities start with the Blessing of the Fleet at the East Harbor, followed by a Street Fair and Gumbo Cook-off with Gumbo Tasting on Davis Avenue. Two full days of entertainment are scheduled, including local favorites Dr. Rock, Starz and the Coast Big Band. A special performance by the 41st Army Brass Quintet Band and jazz headliner Jose Francois are also scheduled. 

  • Date(s): 05/23/2015 - 05/24/2015
  • Times: Sat.12pm-8pm; Sun. 12pm-6pm
  • Location: Downtown Pass Christian
  • Contact: Pass Christian Main Street
  • Phone: 228-452-3315
  • Admission: Free (Tickets required for Jazz Party)

39th Annual Pass Christian Blessing of the Fleet

May 23
Historically significant event before shrimp season features vessels colorfully decorated as they take their turn to receive a blessing in anticipation of a bountiful year! Enjoy the decorated boats and an antique car show as well.

  • Date(s): 05/23/2015 - 05/23/2015
  • Times: Festivities start @ 10am
  • Location: Pass Christian Harbor, Highway 90, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Pass Christian Harbor Master Office
  • Phone: 228-452-5128
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Jerry Jeff Walker

May 23

There's a photo on the back of a long-out-of-print Jerry Jeff Walker album that kind of sums it all up. In the picture, Jerry Jeff is outside an old roadhouse on a lonesome highway. It's night, and his collar is turned up against the chill breeze as he hunches over to light a cigarette. His guitar is slung around his back. It's hard to tell if he's entering or leaving the roadhouse, but either way you figure he's got many miles to go before he sleeps.

A string of records for MCA and Elektra followed before Jerry Jeff gave up on the mainstream music business and formed his own independent record label, Tried & True Music, in 1986. Another series of increasingly autobiographical records followed under the Tried & True imprint. The latest, Gonzo Stew, (his 30th album overall) was released in 2001.

  • Date(s): 05/23/2015 - 05/23/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: IP Casino Resort & Spa, Studio A, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi
  • Phone: 228-385-2600
  • Admission: Tickets start at $35

Memorial Crashup Demolition Derby

May 23

Muddy Joe's off road and R.V. Park presents Memorial Crashup Demolition Derby with live musical performances by David Allan Coe and Blackjack Billy.  Enjoy trail riding, camping and much more.

  • Date(s): 05/23/2015 - 05/23/2015
  • Times: Call for schedule.
  • Location: Muddy Joe's Off Road and RV Park, 1260 Rd. 326, Kiln
  • Contact: Muddy Joe's
  • Phone: 228-255-7600

Salsa Vs Reggaeton: Cosculluela & N'klabe

May 23

Salsa Vs Reggaeton: Cosculluela & N'klabe at Kress Live.

  • Date(s): 05/23/2015 - 05/23/2015
  • Times: 9pm
  • Location: Kress Live, 814 Howard Avenue, Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact: Trevor Reid
  • Phone: 228-365-0400
  • Admission: Call for tickets. For V.I.P Table service. (Spanish)228-424-1747 (ENGLISH)504-382-8510

Sounds by The Sea - An Outdoor Concert

May 23-24

Enjoy an open-air Memorial Day concert featuring patriotic selections, quality music, and fireworks. Bring your picnic baskets, blankets, lounge chairs, and enjoy the music & show - all overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Presented by the Gulf Coast Symphony.

Two locations - Two Shows 6:30pm-9pm Nightly.
• May 23: Harrison County Show - Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport
• May 24: Jackson County Show - Beach Park, Pascagoula

  • Date(s): 05/23/2015 - 05/24/2015
  • Times: Lawn seating at 6pm; pre-concert music at 7pm; Symphony concert 7:30 Nightly
  • Contact: Gulf Coast Symphony
  • Phone: 228-896-4276
  • Admission: Free

On-Going Events

Paint Party

3rd Tuesday

Wake up the inner artist. Gain insight into painting and design. Take home your work. Let's Paint!

  • Date(s): 10/21/2014- (No End Date)
  • Location: Moss Point Riverfront, 4400 Denny st, Moss Point
  • Contact: Kerry Steward/ Raechell Thomas
  • Phone: 228-475-7887
  • Admission: $25

Art Exhibits @ Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

Two new art exhibits are now on display at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The art exhibits feature the work of Suzy Templin and Betty Magee.

Suzy was born and raised in Minnesota where she earned two bachelor degrees in Fine Art from the Minnesota State University graduating in 1996. She relocated to South Mississippi's Keesler Air Force Base in 1989 where she was hired as a Military Fine Artist. She has been doing coastal artwork for 25 years where her true love for the Gulf Coast is portrayed. She has won the Biloxi Seafood Festival Poster Contest five times. Suzy recently won Chefs to the Coast event's poster contest and the Blue Moon Art Project that was held during The Peter Anderson festival in downtown Ocean Springs.

Betty Magee began seriously painting over 40 years ago. Betty was born in McComb, MS where her father was a very prolific graphic artist, and her roots were really in New Orleans, LA where she began her art career. She won awards in her first four shows she entered which was an endorsement for her to go forward. Betty is accomplished in all mediums oils, pastels, ceramics, watercolor, acrylics and more. Art is her identity. Betty loves to paint nature. The native flora and fauna of the coast, especially the bogs with pitcher plants are represented in her exhibit in the airport. Betty also is one of the founders of the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education.

Both exhibits occupy the display cases located near the airline gates on the second floor of the terminal building.  

  • Date(s): 11/12/2014 - 05/31/2015
  • Location: Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, 1100 Hangar Street, Gulfport
  • Contact: Ashley Duke
  • Phone: (228) 863-5951 x 3036

Katrina + 10

This daily exhibition is an examination of the catastrophic destruction, immediate relief, sustained recovery, shared experience and progress on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking South Mississippi. Moving multimedia exhibitions tell the story of the Katrina experience from those on the front lines: The Sun Herald, WLOX, and Mississippi Power Company. Two static environments, in the iconic pods will represent the inspirational volunteer effort from individuals and groups from around the world (coordinated by Hands on Mississippi), and the rebuilding of roads and bridges by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. 

  • Date(s): 03/20/2015 - 09/12/2015
  • Times: 10am-5pm daily
  • Location: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ohr Okeefe Museum of Art (OOMA)
  • Phone: 228-374-5547
  • Admission: Museum admission


Gulf Coast farmers markets regularly offer fresh seasonal produce; old-world handmade artisan breads; meats and sausage; artisan cheeses, butter, and cream-top milk; jams, jellies, and pickles made from local foods; cookies and other baked goods; gumbo, tamales, and other prepared foods; plus plants and handmade milk soaps and lotions. Some feature cooking demonstrations, live music, and more!  NOTE:  Locations & Times may change.

 BAY ST. LOUIS MARKET (Depot Produce & Country Market)
Location: Historic Train Depot Grounds, Bay St. Louis
Open: Year Round - Thursdays 2pm-6pm; Saturdays 9am -2pm

Location: Under the I-110 Bridge overpass on Howard Avenue, Biloxi
Open: (April - September) - Tuesdays & Thursdays
Times: 6am-4pm

Location: 10383 Automall Parkway (in front of Civic Center)
Open: Year Round - Monday-Saturdays
Times: 7am-4pm

Location: Jones Park Pavilion, Highway 90
Open: Wednesdays 9am-1pm
Saturdays 2pm-5pm

Location: 3068 Longfellow Drive, Bay St. Louis
Open: Year Round - Wednesdays
Times: 9am-1pm

Location: Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula
Open: (April-September) Wednesdays & Saturdays
Times: 7am-1pm

Location: 125 Jeff Davis Avenue - Downtown Long Beach
Open: Year Round - Saturdays
Times: 9am-12pm

Location: L&N Depot, 1000 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs
Open: Year Round - Saturdays
Times: 9am-1pm

Location: Victory Parking Lot, 3214 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula
Open: (April - October) - Wednesdays & Saturdays
Times: 7am-1pm

Location: War Memorial Park, Highway 90, Pass Christian
Open: Year Round - Saturdays
Times: 8am-Noon

Location: Interstate 10 at 8095 Menge Ave, Pass Christian
Open: Fridays
Times: 3pm-7pm

  • Date(s): 04/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

Katrina Cafe

Katrina +10 will host a weekly series of "Katrina Cafe" presentations where well-known community leaders will discuss the challenges of Katrina in their respective fields and how they have overcome those challenges.  Admissions to luncheons, which will be held a the Ohr-O-O'Keefe, is $10 per person which includes lunch. Reservation required in advance.  For more information visit the Katrina +10 website,
April 24- Technologically Speaking; A Hancock Bank representative
May 1 - 10-8: Officers on Duty; Biloxi Police Chief John Miller
May 8 - Paying it Forward; Biloxi Fire Department
May 15 - Rooms With a View; Linda Hornsby, MS Lodging Association
May 22- A Helping Hand; Holly Gibbs, Hands On Mississippi
May 29 - Eddie Favre: The Long and Short of It
June 5 - Congressman Gene Taylor 
June 12 - Promise and Possibility; Habitat for Humanity
June 19 - D'iberville: The Little City That Could and Did; Bobby Eleuterius, city manager
June 26 - The Cellular Storm; C-Spire
July 3 - A Visiting Chief; Steve Gerard of New Sharon, Iowa
July 10 - Working Through the Storm
July 17 - Keesler: Rebuilt and Renewed
July 24 - Katrina RIP; Gary Hargrove, Harrison County Coroner
July 31 - Dealing With Disaster; Rupert Lacy, Harrison County Emergency Management Agency
Aug. 7 - Finding Salvation; Salvation Army
Aug. 14 - And Justice For All; Reilly Morse
Aug. 21 - Housing and Economic Recovery; Gerald Blessey
Aug. 28 - Lessons Learned; Mike Womack, MS Emergency Management Agency

  • Date(s): 04/24/2015 - 08/28/2015
  • Times: 12pm-1pm
  • Location: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ohr Okeefe Museum of Art (OOMA)
  • Phone: 228-374-5547
  • Admission: $10 (includes lunch)

Entertainment @ Treasure Bay

Come enjoy an awesome tapas lounge, which features some of the area's finest musicians performing live in an intimate setting overlooking the Gulf of Mexico...from high in the sky!

blu - Fridays from 9pm-midnight
May 1 - 3HG (starts 10pm)
May 8 - The Double J Band
May 15 - Hindsight
May 22 - Friends
May 29 - Acoustik HooDoo

Poolside - Saturday from 2-5pm
May 23 - Friends
May 30 - DJ JB

blu - Fridays from 9pm-midnight
June 5 - Razzoo Unplugged
June 12 - 3HG
June 19 - Hindsight
June 26 - Bayou Deluxe

Poolside - Saturdays from 2-5pm
June 6 - DJ Maybeline
June 13 - DJ JB
June 20 - DJ Maybeline
June 27 - DJ T Swan

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 06/27/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Treasure Bay Casino & Hotel, 1980 Beach Blvd, Biloxi - Blu Lounge 9th Floor
  • Phone: (800) 747-2839 or (228) 385-6000
  • Admission: Free

Live Entertainment - Sunset Bar

Come enjoy this sleek & sexy new venue with an indoor bar and lounge area with easy access to our poplar outdoor deck. Sunset Bar has an open feel, complemented by its magnificent view of the Gulf.

May 1     Brennan Roybal
May 2     Lisa Lee Albritton
May 8     Mirror Image
May 9     Eddie McDaniel
May 15   Brandon Green
May 16   Razzoo
May 22   Scott Hinson Trio
May 23   David Chatham
May 29   Brennan Roybal
May 30   2LeftoCenter

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 05/30/2015
  • Times: 9pm-1am
  • Location: Island View Casino Resort, 3300 West Beach, Gulfport
  • Phone: (877) 774-8439 or (228) 314-2100
  • Admission: Spectators Free - Must Be 21 or Older

Live Entertainment - View Showroom

Come and enjoy these dynmaic artists live in the Island View Showroom.  

May 1      The Redfield
May 2      Starz
May 8      Something's Up
May 9      David St. Romain
May 15    West Story Road
May 16    Brandon Green Band
May 29    3HG
May 30    Perkins Road

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 05/30/2015
  • Times: 9pm-1am
  • Location: Island View Casino Resort, 3300 West Beach, Gulfport
  • Phone: (877) 774-8439 or (228) 314-2100
  • Admission: Spectators Free - Must Be 21 or Older

Live Entertainment Eight75 - Beau Rivage

Enjoy live music at EIGHT75. Beau Rivage will feature live music from some the greatest local bands.

• 5/3 & 4 - Serabee Trio
• 5/5 - Myles Sharp Band
• 5/10 & 11 - Domingues & Roybal
• 5/12 - Red Room Arrangement
• 5/17 & 18 Serabee Trio
• 5/19 - Lindsey Cardinale Band
• 5/24 & 25 - Domingues & Roybal
• 5/26 - Triggerproof
• 5/31 - Domingues & Roybal

  • Date(s): 05/03/2015 - 05/31/2015
  • Times: 7pm-1am
  • Location: Beau Rivage Casino, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (888) 566-7469 or (228) 386-7111
  • Admission: Free

Mississippi Rollersgirls Live

See the Mississippi Rollergirls - Mississippi's first -- women's flat track derby league, in this action packed, safe, & family-friendly sport - live! Come out, cheer on the "girls" in this full contact sport for women, and see why roller derby is the fastest growing sport in America! Don't miss the FUN!  Tickets can be purchased online at
2015 Bout Home Schedule:

May 23 - Tragic City Rollers
June 6 - Big Easy Crescent Wenches
July 25 - Cajun Rollergirls
September 12 - Tallahassee RollerGirls
October 10 - Red Stick Roller Derby

  • Date(s): 05/23/2015 - 10/10/2015
  • Times: Doors open @ 6:30pm; Action starts @ 7pm
  • Location: Duo Dance Event Center, 3100 Ladnier Rd, Gautier
  • Admission: $12
  • General Admission Child: 10 & under FREE