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Mississippi blues come to Sandy

David Jacobs-Strain, who will perform in Meinig Park's amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, has walked a long path of life from his native Oregon.

Even though he's from the Northwest, his heart is in the blues of the American Delta - a Mississippi bayou.

'I've always been drawn to the dark stuff,' he said.

This slide guitarist and singer-songwriter has opened for some of the best, such as Boz Scaggs in his 2008 tour, but Sunday he'll have another performer opening for him.

Jacobs-Strain also has shared the stage with T-Bone Burnett, Los Lobos, Lucinda Williams, Etta James and Dave Mason.

This young roots musician, although only in his mid-20s, taps into age-old wisdom and heartache and combines it with his seemingly endless energy and passion. The result is: Listeners can't help but feel good about someone (in the song) buried in the midst of hard times.

Opening the Sandy Summer Sounds show this week is local guitarist Jacob Billings, who will give a half-hour show at 6 p.m. Come early to see this self-taught guitarist play original tunes. 

The show is free and family friendly. Bench seating is provided, but park visitors can bring a blanket or a stadium chair for comfort. 

The parking lot on Meinig Avenue is likely to still be under construction, so allowing extra time for parking is advisable.

In case of rain, the show will move to the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

Sandy Summer Sounds is made possible through a partnership between the city of Sandy and donations from community sponsors.

For more information, call 503-668-2827.