The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint’s pulled pork sandwich recipe has qualified for the quarter finals in the “Ultimate Hometown Grill Off” on Live with Regis and Kelly. This Friday, June 12th a clip of a one minute video with Brad and Brooke asking America to go to Regis and Kelly’s official website and vote for them.
The full video will run on the site plus four other restaurant’s will be competing. If they win this round they will fly to New York and will be on the show preparing the recipe live on the 18th. Please help us get the word out to the public to vote for The Shed!
This past Sunday was fabulous at The Shed. SFClive held the 2nd Annual John-A-Thon benefit and the turnout was simply amazing. Seven local bands followed by a drum circle in John’s honor took place. The amount of money raised was enough to buy the first set of equipment needed for the John Whitehouse gulf coast chapter of Guitars Not Guns. Thank you to everyone that came out to support such a great cause. It’s nice to see when bands come together and help each other out instead of worrying about their next gig. It’s great to see a community come out and support musicians for such a great cause. I wish I could have stayed for the entire event, but check out the pictures that I did take in our photo gallery.
Tonight’s featured artist by Sounds From the Cellar is Anthony Ainsworth. Anthony has been playing tunes in our area for several years. I can remember the old days of the Julep Room and the many drinks spent with Anthony. I can gurantee you that you will have a great time tonight. So make your plans now to make it to the Julep Room and while you are there be sure to request the song ‘Fred’. Its a masterpiece that will outlive time as we know it.
Much like most boys born and raised in South Mississippi Anthony Ainsworth began his musical journey in the church children’s choir. With a unique voice and a love for singing Anthony instantly stood out and grabbed up any oppritunities that came for singing a solo in the Sunday services. In his early teens the country music scene was booming with acts such as Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Allen Jackson, . . . . . while the rock stations were playing Metalica and Nirvana, Anthony took a liking to both, thus explaining his jagged edge style of country, if you asked him what kind of music he plays he’ll likely answer “I call it country”. At the age of fourteen Anthony began writing, “mostly trial and error”, at seventeen he started taking guitar lessons, played his first paying gig at nineteen, and has been hanging around the local music scene since.
There is a fairly new music venue that is getting a small buzz around downtown Ocean Springs. Captain Chris’ Paradise Bar & Grill is located just across the railroad tracks on Robinson Street. Upon entering, you will quickly notice the decor of a Hawaiian tropical paradise.
The building has an ample amount of room for seating and a handful of TV’s to catch the latest in sports updates while you satisfy your thirst at the bar. The front of house staff was friendly and upbeat. Their attitudes blend with the decor of the bar to give you one ‘heck’ of an experience.
I decided to check this place out this past Friday night. I sat at the bar and was immediately greeted by a friendly smile and an ample serving of my favorite beverage, iced tea. The menu has a nice variety to choose from; all the while sticking to a tropical theme.
After perusing the menu for a few minutes, I decided to order the fish and chips at $11.95. I love authentic fish and chips like a fat kid eats cake. The food was served very quickly to my humble surprise. In my basket were 4 large breaded pieces of fish with an order of fries. I asked for malt vinegar but was told they don’t carry it. Disappointment quickly set in, how can you have fish and chips without malt vinegar? I felt my meal crushing in around me. The fish was cooked perfectly. It was crisp on the outside and flaky on the inside as it should. The fries were a little over cooked but I can live with that. Ketchup can fix almost anything. The biggest disappoint of the meal was burnt taste from the fryer. It seemed they had not changed their fryer grease out in quite some time. The taste just lingered with each bite.
Most of the patrons were drinking and having a good time, so I couldn’t get any quick glances at some other plates. I’m thinking I just went on a bad night for the kitchen because I have heard some really good comments about this place. I’ll go back, but I won’t order the fish and chips.
Captain Chris’ Paradise Bar & Grill has a nice stage with ample lighting in the back of the room. It seems coast local favorites Rhythm and Rain are playing here for the next month or so. If you know this group, you’ll see why. They are perfect for the atmosphere portrayed by Captain Chris’ Paradise Bar & Grill. After my meal, I stuck around for a few songs and took some pictures of their performance. Check them out in our gallery and leave some comments.
Paradise Bar and Grill
1006 Robinson Ave
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Sounds From the Cellar is a new internet radio station in our area headed up by the oh, so famous Gina Turner, Dr. Bob, and their sound engineer Sammy Lee better known as Snackbar to others on this site. The show started around mid-January featuring Danielle Thomas. The initial reception has been huge and artists are lining up to be a part of this new internet hit sensation. It’s time for you guys to jump on the band wagon.
Sounds From the Cellar is a live internet radio show broadcast from the Julep Room in Ocean Springs every Thursday night at 9:30pm. A different artist or band is featured each week with the recording uploaded on Podcast on Demand available at http://www.cellarsounds.com . They are in the works to get this streamed live each night via the Internet. Coolness at its best. This is a great way to get your music out there and heard by a new genre of fans.
Last night, I decided to check this out for myself. I’ve seen countless myspace bulletins, status updates, and have even received a few text messages from a butthead about checking this out. So my sad panda self got out into the brisk cold and made the adventure over to the wonderful city of Ocean Springs. Victor M. was the artist being featured last night at SFC. I caught the end of his melodic show and left with a full impression of an amazing solo artist. He stated his major influence was Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Instant fan. Yes. His songs and stories were deep rooted and varied over a wide range of topics and movements. Hopefully, he will be around these parts for quite some time. Check out his show as soon at Littlegt gets it posted.
Sound From the Cellar is a new concept for our area. It provides a new tool for unsigned bands and artists to get their music out to the mass public. No longer will the excuse no one around here supports local music be valid as this show takes your live performance and makes it available to possibly millions across the vast Al Gore invented cyberspace. If you are interested in being a part of SFC, submit your information via their forms located here and tell them the jackass at GCB sent you.
Have you ever walked into a place and felt like you were in on something special? The Julep Room, located in the cellar of Aunt Jenny’s restaurant in Ocean Springs, is a shining example of a well kept secret raising its voice and spreading the news: Original Music Lives Here.
The Julep Room’s roots run deep and far, mingling with music since even before it became one of Elvis’ favorite Coast haunts. The venue is the home of the oldest (and for a long time ONLY) all-original Songwriters Nights, known as the premier spot for singer-songwriters and bands to showcase their original music to an appreciative crowd. Not only that, but it’s faithfully remained the most consistent venue in the area, hosting live music of every persuasion six to seven nights a week.
The cellar also puts a new twist on tapping into the spirits, as local lore will tell you the place is more than just a nice place to have a drink…it’s been regarded as a nice place to see a ghost too (and THAT is a whole other history best told by one of the many ‘regulars.’ Stop in sometime and ask about it.)
It’s all of these things and more that makes The Julep Room so special amongst its peers. And what pushes it over the edge of ‘awesomeness?’ – THE PEOPLE who frequent it. The people, the sounds, the visual (floor joists hanging just overhead, just the ‘right’ lighting, the spirit of a cozy pub, the musicians, the folks behind the bar culminate to make the Julep experience once for the books. Curious? Go see.
On Friday, December 12, 2009 from 10pm-2am, The Julep Room and local performer Gina Turner are teaming up for a Toys For Tots drive. The night will feature music from Gina as well as early performances by Anthony Ainsworth, Matt Hoggatt, and Danielle Thomas – three of the area’s greatest songwriters. ADMISSION FOR THE EVENING = 1 NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY and there will DEFINITELY be some surprises in store. So, if you’ve never stepped a foot into the cellar, December 12th is a fantastic night to do it. If you’ve been there before but not in a while, December 12th is a fantastic night to revisit. If you’ve been looking for a reason to celebrate the season in the most spirited mix of music, magic and mostly importantly – charity – December 12th is the best day of the whole year to make a trip over…and, well…under!
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, Ocean Springs, Ms is preparing for the largest turnout yet at the 5th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival on Saturday, September 20th. To celebrate its fifth year, The Shed has added a second stage for acoustic performances. Other artists appearing at the Festival this year will be Walter Wolfman Washington, Ernest Guitar Roy, Jimbo Mathus Knock Down South, Lisa Mills Walter Waiters, Rochelle Harper, Roster Blues and 3 Karat Diamond winner of the from Shed to Chedigny blues challenge.
The legendary Kenny Wayne Shepherd will headline the Festival. Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a four time Grammy nominated, platinum selling artist with four No. 1 blues albums to his credit, including Billboard Magazine’s # 1 Blues Album of 2007, a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles, two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson Awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive Award, and a Blues Music Award. Blues enthusiasts will certainly take great pleasure in the performace of Double Trouble’s Chris “Whipper” Layton appearing with Shepherd.
The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint is an award winning BBQ restaurant and music venue. The Shed is known for its “Down Home Southern BBQ” and its eclectic taste for live Blues on Friday and Saturday nights. The Shed won two first place trophies at the world championship of BBQ at Memphis in May 2008 and were voted Best Pork Sandwich in America 2001 by the National BBQ News Magazine. For the non BBQ lovers there will be other types of food available such as Fried fish, hamburgers with all the fixings, etc.
The 5th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival brought to you by Miller Lite, Harley Davidson of Gulfport, Clear Channel Radio Group. Tickets are $25.00 for the all day event and are on Sale now at the Shed and at the door. There will be on site parking for motorcycles and offsite parking for cars with a bus running continuously to and from The Shed. As always at The Shed children are welcome. Children under 10 are free. Bring your lawn chairs and wear your festival garb. No coolers allowed. Rain or Shine. Gates open at 2 O’clock continuous music until 11.
The 5th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival
September 20th, 2008
The Original Shed BBQ & Blues Joint
Hwy 57 North 1,000 yards
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39565
228-875-8577 Shed Office