Ocean Springs juke joint reopens under new name

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A popular venue for live music in Ocean Springs has reopened with a new name, and a new look. What was formerly known as Mezo's Juke Joint, is now Mississippi Juke Joint.

"Entertainment is awesome and the more attractions we can offer our residents and tourists alike, the more of a commodity we are here," said Rachael Seymour, with the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce.

Nick Quave and his partner Christine Mezo opened the bar in June of 2010. They wanted a large outdoor entertaining area for live music, but over the years, noise became an issue. That prompted the owners to make some changes.

"What we did was renovate the inside to open up the whole bar, put a little stage inside, to kind of create late night music without disturbing the peace," said Quave.

In the past, bands played on the outdoor stage until 3:00 or 4:00 o'clock in the morning, but those who live nearby were fed up with the late night noise.

"The city's been working with us very collectively. We're allowed to do music outside up to midnight. We're going to abide by those rules, and we're trying to have a place where everybody can have fun and we're not trying to disturb anybody," said Quave.

Quave said just because they have made more room for indoor music, doesn't mean there won't still be plenty of outdoor concerts happening this summer. The owners say they are still working with Mayor Connie Moran to see if they can extend their outdoor music hours to end at 1am, instead of midnight.

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