PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Some might say you don't just hear the blues, you feel it, you taste it. If you have the blues, that doesn't necessarily mean you're sad.
No one was sad here. The almost 1,000 people who came to the Mississippi Coast Blues Festival at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Pascagoula had the blues and everything that goes with it. This is Stephanie Scott's second time around.
"I just like the outside, the people, the food especially. I love to eat, but I love the music. I love to dance, and this is just a great place to be on a Saturday like this," said Scott.
Vendors sold their wares from paintings and hats, to perfumes and dresses. For those who needed other senses addressed, there was plenty of food to satisfy any taste.
Some of the proceeds raised from ticket sales will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Jevon Vontoure's mother, Elaine James, was a founding member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues Commission. When she died in 2010, he continued her legacy with the group for good reason.
"The roots of Mississippi was founded on blues," Vontoure said. "There isn't an artist, regardless of creation, that doesn't have some kind of blues in his background, in his soul."
The music, of course, was the centerpiece as it has been for much of Fred Sock's adult life. It's his dream to diversify and expand the fan base as president of the commission. It's also personal for him.
"I've always been a blues lover," Sock said. "Being an engineer, it was so stressful, so blues was the way I found to relax myself."