Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
FLORA — Legendary Mississippi blues artist Jimmy “Duck” Holmes will be among the musicians performing at the Greater Flora & Fauna Supper Club’s “A Night At The Gin” to benefit the traveling Vietnam Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Of America Brandon Chapter 1057. The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 13th, 6pm at the Gin At Flora Station 4819 Hwy 22. Flora.

Duck’s performance caps a summer tour that has taken him throughout the South and North Western United States.  At age 71, he is the last purveyor of the distinct Bentonia style of the blues once performed throughout Delta juke joints by Skip James and Jack Owens. Jimmy was taught the Bentonia style by the late Henry Stuckey, the originator of the Bentonia blues.

Holmes has been recorded by a number of distinguished producers, including the legendary Alan Lomax. Jimmy’s eight albums have won him an international following, with blues fans from France, Germany, England, Japan, Australia and Scandinavia making a pilgrimage to Duck’s Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia.

His performance at the Gin in Flora promises to be a memorable event and precedes the release of his ninth album this fall.

Chef David Raines of The Flora Butcher and Dave’s Triple B Restaurant is leading a culinary team of local chefs that will be preparing a five course dinner of locally sourced meats and vegetables.

All chefs are donating their services and the dinner will be limited to 100 patrons.

The public is encouraged to visit: www.eventbrite.com and type in Flora, MS. Tickets for A Night At the Gin are $125 per person