OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Blues and Barbecue. It's a combination you can't beat. And folks got plenty of both this weekend at The Shed Barbecue and Blues Joint in Ocean Springs.
Traffic was non-stop as the flow of cars and people kept pouring into The Shed. Once inside, it was a non-stop party, where people like Jim Groves come down to get down.
"They call me Mr. Jim 'Happy Legs,' because I dance all the time," Groves said.
Mr. Happy Legs is also known as the original Shed Head. He was the Shed's very first customer.
"I've been here every day for nine years, one month and 25 days," Groves said proudly.
The line-up included greats like King Edward, Good Moon, Charlie Musselwhite and Buckwheat Zydeco. People enjoyed a music selection ranging from grass roots blues to zydeco.
It's a big draw for locals. But, organizers say they haven't been the only ones keeping this blues and barbecue party going for the past seven years.
"We definitely pull a lot of people from Alabama and Louisiana and upstate Mississippi, and it's definitely becoming more regional," said Brett Orrison, Shed Entertainment Director.
And the party's pull is already reaching beyond the region. With The Shed's national exposure on Regis and Kelly and the Food Network, word is spreading about South Mississippi and what it has to offer.
It's a big plus, in light of the recent oil crisis, as the coast tries to beef up its tourism business.
"I live in Los Angeles and I came down from the Blues Fest. It's the real deal, and I wanted to see it. California needs to step up its game. Tofu doesn't taste as good as the barbecue ribs," said Casey Phillips.
The fest lasted all day Saturday. The Shed Barbecue and Blues Joint is located on Highway 57, just north of Interstate 10.