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Friday, October 30, 2015

Classics In Courtyard Today

For lunch today I attended the Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals performed by the Patrick Smith Band at the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, formally S.F.X.A., my Alma Mater.  Palmertree Catering  provided lunch and was really good.  It was great to go back to my old school again within a week and see friends and enjoy the music.  The band really put on a great show to a packed crowd and the weather was perfect.  

Patrick Smith is a self-taught pianist who had his first paying gig at the age of fourteen.  Throughout high school, he played the explosive Highway 61 blues corridor between Vicksburg and Greenville, Mississippi, having to sit outside the kitchen door or in the parking lot during set breaks because he wasn't old enough to stay inside the bars he was playing in.  Patrick honed his skills by playing constantly and jamming whenever he could, jamming with the now legendary Beanland on riverboat cruises on the Mississippi as a teenager and playing with Jo Jo Herman of Beanland and Widespread Panic fame while in college in Oxford, Mississippi. Now, Patrick often tours with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.  Heavy touring keeps Patrick's own band fine-tuned as they currently perform more than 100 gigs per year.  The Patrick Smith Band's music is funky, bluesy, and soulful, but rocks.  You won't help but be moved.

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