Steve Forbert kicks off ‘Native Mississippians’ music series in Pascagoula

Grammy Award nominee Steve Forbert is coming home to help launch a new live music series in his home state of Mississippi.

The Meridian native will play the Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula on Tuesday, May 3rd as part of the “Native Mississippians Singer/Songwriter Sessions.”

The show will begin at 7 p.m., and tickets are on sale at  or in person at Scranton’s Restaurant.

Pascagoula’s Libby Rae Watson will open the show.

Forbert left Mississippi in his early 20’s and headed to New York City, the first step in what would become a critically acclaimed career spanning more than four decades. He was at the forefront of the roots/rock movement in the United States, helping develop the “Americana” music genre even before the term was created.

His biggest hit, “Romeo’s Tune”, came soon after he arrived. The song reached No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

“Romeo’s Tune was the song that gave me a career in music” Forbert said. “If you can conjure up six or seven hit records, wonderful. But you’ve got to have one. It gets you a ticket in to the show.”

Along the way, he’s received a Grammy nomination, seen his songs performed by Keith Urban, Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart, and even appeared opposite Cyndi Lauper in her music video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

The Forbert show kicks off the new “Native Mississippians Singer/Songwriter Sessions” at The Grand Magnolia. Other shows in the series will include a pair of Mac McAnally concerts on Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th as well as a Paul Overstreet show on Friday, July 8th.



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