Guitarist Brings Delta Blues To This Friday’s Concert
Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child,” who’s real name is Castro Coleman, wasn’t always known as the blues child. Prior to 2012, Coleman was a renowned and successful gospel musician with over 130 song credits and years of gospel music tenure.
Since the age of six, after the influence of B.B. King set in, Coleman has been a guitar player. He initially gained notoriety with his gospel group The True Believers and from there devoted his time to the gospel genre.
Once Coleman made the official move to classic blues, he rose to a new level in his career. He won a regional blues competition within his first year of converting solely to a blues player.
In 2014, Coleman and his band won the International Blues Challenge. The same year Coleman won the Gibson Best Guitarist competition. The accolades kept accruing, including the Bobby Rush Entertainer of the Year Award by the Jus’ Blues Foundation and Jackson Music Awards (International Male Blues Artist, Blues Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year).
This Friday, Mr. Sipp TMBC will bring his brand of blues to the Levitt AMP stage at MLK Webb Field. Sheba the Mississippi Queen will open the show at 6 pm.
What is Levitt AMP Ocala?
Presented by the City of Ocala in partnership with The Marion Cultural Alliance, the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series brings free concerts to the Martin Luther King Jr Recreational Complex’s Webb Field every Friday now through August 2. Each event will also feature food trucks and vendors, craft and nonprofit booths, and beer and wine for sale. The Summer Break Spot will provide free dinners for those 18 and under in attendance, and each concert spotlights a local nonprofit organization.
Series sponsors include: Levitt Foundation, Marion Cultural Alliance, 98.5 KTK, TriEagle Sales, Island Grove Wine Company, The Mojo Grill & Catering, Kona Ice Ocala, David and Lisa Midgett Foundation, Ocala/Marion County, Florida, Summer BreakSpot Program, and Ocala Electric Utility. Production by Oniram Productions, Inc.
The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. www.concerts.levittamp/ocala.
If You Go:
Concerts are held at Webb Field, Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex, 1510 NW Fourth St., Ocala.
Gates open at 6pm.
Be sure to bring outdoor chairs or blankets for comfortable seating.