A “Pulitzer Prize-winning evening” in Ocean Springs!

Author Jack E. Davis with "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea” plus songwriter Molly Thomas and special guest New Orleans funkmaster Jon Cleary

Live from The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education August 25, 2018 at 7 pm

MPB and Alabama Public Radio (APR) broadcast on September 1, 2018 at 7 pm on MPB and 9 pm on APR

Join us Saturday, August 25 at 7 pm for a “Pulitzer Prize-winning evening” and after-party with the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour at The Mary C. O’Keefe Culttural Center of Arts and Education (1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564).

Doors: 6:30 pm Show: 7 pm After party: 8-9pm

Tickets: $20 – Reserved seating includes after party: https://www.themaryc.org/

Author: Jack E. Davis author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History 

Music: New Orleans funk band, Jon Cleary and His Absolute Monster Gentlemen and Gulf Coast songwriter Molly Thomas and the Rare Birds

After party: Live music, appetizers, cash bar. Copies of “The Gulf” for sale and signing by Jack E. Davis.

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Jack E. Davis

Jack E. Davis is the author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, (Liveright/W.W. Norton). His book, an environmental and cultural/political history of the Gulf of Mexico from the Pleistocene to the present, was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History.

Hailed as a “nonfiction epic” it is “by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of ‘America’s Sea'” (Wall Street Journal).

Filled with vivid, untold stories from the sportfish that launched Gulf Coast vacationing to Hollywood’s role in the country’s first offshore oil wells, this “vast and well told story shows how we made the Gulf . . . [into] a ‘national sacrifice zone'” (Bill McKibben).

Ocean Springs residents will particularly enjoy chapters on the founding of Ocean Springs and the vivid descriptions of the remarkable outdoor life of painter Walter Anderson.

Davis is also the author of An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (Univ. of Georgia Press) a dual biography of the America’s premier wetlands and the woman who led a movement to save it. The book received the gold medal in the nonfiction category at the Florida Book Awards.

Davis is a professor of environmental history at the University of Florida. He grew up on the Gulf coast, and now lives in Florida and New Hampshire.

Jon Cleary and His Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Grammy-winner Jon Cleary is a keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist from New Orleans. After thirty-five years in the Crescent City, his sound has evolved into a gumbo of ‘70s soul, gospel, funk, Afro-Caribbean and other influences.

In 1980 as an 18-year-old, Cleary left his native England for New Orleans equipped only with the telephone number of the Maple Leaf music venue. From there he eventually found work with such acts as Snooks Eaglin, Earl “Trick Bag” King, and Johnny Adams. Following a decade as keyboardist for Bonnie Raitt’s band, Cleary now fronts his own band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen.

Cleary’s albums include his latest, released in July, Dyna-Mite (Thirty Tigers) plus previous discs, Live at Chickie Wah Wah and GoGo Juice which won the Grammy for Best Regional Roots Album in 2016.
“Music isn’t a choice for me,” Cleary says. “It’s a bodily function.”

Molly Thomas & the Rare Birds

Molly Thomas is an Ocean Springs-native songwriter-violinist-guitarist now based in Fairhope, Ala. She has toured extensively with artists such as Todd Snider, Will Hoge and Matthew Ryan. She now tours with her own band, the Rare Birds. Thomas’ CDs include Make Everything Bright (co-produced with Robert Plant drummer Marco Giovino) and Shoot the Sky. She is currently finishing up a new release forthcoming this year.

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