“Classics in the Courtyard” begins early Friday with tribute and The Red Tops writer Bill Morris – The Vicksburg Post
In conjunction with Friday’s “Classics in the Courtyard” concert series, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will offer “Remembering Rufus and the Red Tops”.
The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the courtyard of the SCHC and will feature Mississippi author Bill Morris.
Morris will be on hand to sign his latest book, “This Magic Moment: My Journey of Faith, Friends, and The Father’s Love”. The book focuses on Morris’s passion for rock and roll / doo-wop and rhythm and blues, and his remarkable decades-long friendships with The Red Tops frontman Rufus McKay and three other legendary singers who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
During the event, Morris will also be sharing his memories and photos of The Red Tops and others.
“It is fitting that the CHSF is focusing on The Red Tops for this particular luncheon event,” said CHS Executive Director Stacey Mahoney. “Oct. 22 would have been Rufus’ 95th birthday.
Half of the proceeds from Friday’s book signing, Mahoney said, will benefit the SCHF.
Immediately after “Remembering Rufus and the Red Tops”, “Classics in the Courtyard” will begin and run from noon to 1 pm.
This week’s feature film will be presented by the Calvin Dunkin Jr. Band.
“Calvin is a musician, singer, songwriter, recording artist and a true star in the Vicksburg Blues Society artist roster,” said Mahoney.
And to honor McKay’s 95e anniversary, Dunkin’s band will play 50’s and 60’s music performed by the Vicksburg Red Tops.
“And if you don’t have to go back to work right away, hang around and enjoy a 1pm to 2pm bonus,” Mahoney said.
The free concert is presented in partnership with the Vicksburg Blues Society.
Lunch will be provided by Goldies Express and the cost is $ 12.
Reservations are required for dinner and must be made no later than Thursday, October 21 at 5 p.m. To reserve, dial 601-631-2997.
“Classics in the Courtyard” will continue on Friday October 29 with a performance by the Patrick Smith Band. Lunch will be provided by Sports Force Parks and on Friday November 5th, with a performance by the Blackwater Trio “Deluxe”. Lunch to be determined.
About Terri Cowart Frazier
Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor-in-chief of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper competition for “Best Report.”
Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with a focus on public relations.
Before working for The Post a little over 10 years ago, she worked as a freelance writer for the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home mom.
Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a former member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr Walter Frazier.
“Whether it’s staying informed on local government matters or hearing the stories of its residents, a local newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and I hope that with theirs and local support I can continue to grow and hone my skills while helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I love most about my job, my answer is always “people”.
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