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Vicksburg native Gil Culkin publishes wrestling memoir

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George and Gil Culkin (Photo used with permission)

Longtime wrestling promoter Gil Culkin has published a book, “The Mississippi Wrestling Territory: The Untold Story.” The book chronicles Culkin’s early years as the son of a popular wrestler who later became a promoter and political figure in Warren County.

Gil Culkin became a partner in his father’s promotional business in 1974. Gil and George Culkin were the Mississippi connection for legendary Oklahoma promoters Leroy McGuirk and Cowboy Bill Watts. In the late ’70s the Culkins made the decision to break away and the war was on. For two years the Culkins brought wrestling to most of Mississippi.

“The Mississippi Wrestling Territory: The Untold Story” by Gil Culkin.

The book details how some wrestlers who went on to be huge names in the industry got their first opportunities in Mississippi, including James “Sugarbear” Harris (who later changed his ring name to Kamala), the Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy), and Percy Pringle, who gained his fame as the WWE’s Paul Bearer.

Culkin tells several laugh-out-loud stories about incidents involving himself and several incidents that the wrestlers caused.

The book talks about the “attractions in wrestling” such as Andre the Giant, The McGuire Twins, midgets, women and more.

As the Culkin’s rejoined Mid-South Wrestling and settled their differences with Bill Watts, they enjoyed several successful years. Culkin goes into detail about how his father felt about the legendary Junk Yard Dog who would often talk about going to Mississippi and seeing George C. Culkin in his television interviews.

The book is a candid look at the inside workings of a tremendous part of southern wrestling history, which was a major part of many childhoods. Order a copy and judge for yourself.

The book is available on Amazon for $19.95.

Listen to the interview with Gil Culkin

 

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Local artists opening for rapper Fredo Bang Nov. 27

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Organizer Lil Sleepy, left, and rapper Rob G, one of the local artists in the show. (photos courtesy the artists)

Multiple local Vicksburg music artists will open the performance for rapper Fredo Bang on Nov. 27, at the Claiborne County County Convention Center.

Among the artists selected for the show are Rob G, Dizziboi, Platinum Diesel, Devon 24k, and Dyme Charity. Opening for a nationally recognized rapper like Fredo Bang gives them a great chance to increase their exposure and expand their audiences.

Vicksburg native Lil Sleepy is responsible for organizing the big event and recruiting local artists.

“This is basically what I do, and I try to keep it going as a traditional thing, just like the graduation parties and the New Years Eve Bash I throw,” Lil Sleepy said.

DJ KG (photo courtesy the artist)

The event will be hosted by MC Skooter, Bri, KC, Dixiee and Jada Jay. Local DJs KG, DJ Trap, and DJ 100 will be there as well to entertain the guests.

“It’s a great event, and every year it’s getting bigger,” DJ KG said. “It’s giving local artists what they need by having them perform when a known rapper will be in attendance.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased on Eventbrite, or at Roe’s Rims and Accessories on Clay Street, Supreme Bladez Barbershop at 2713 Halls Ferry Road, or Headquarters Barbershop in downtown Vicksburg. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for the VIP booths.

The event is expected to have a great turnout just as it did in 2018, which was the last time Fredo Bang performed in Port Gibson.

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Vicksburg Daily News presents ‘Festival On The River’

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Credit: Tobi Lee and the Mustang Sally Band

Vicksburg Daily News is pleased to announce “Festival On The River” will be held this coming Saturday, Oct. 24, in downtown Vicksburg. This event is presented in conjunction with the City of Vicksburg and the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Daytime activities will be held at and near the Levee Street Marketplace, 1001 Levee St., from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Food and merchandise vendors will be on hand displaying unique items for sale. The Vicksburg Warren County Tractor Club will be on hand with antique tractors. Garry James will be picking on the porch for your musical entertainment.

Beginning at 5 p.m., come up the hill to the Washington Street Park, at 1001 Washington St., for an evening of musical entertainment. DJ Shaggy from KHits 104.5 will be your host on the stage powered by Cook Tractor Company. Also appearing will be “The Blues Experience” featuring Calvin “Dr Who” Carson and Mark “Duvelle” Doyle and three-time Josie Award winning group Tobi Lee and the Mustang Sally Band from Nashville.

There is no admission charge for either of these family-friendly events. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, along with your mask, and be prepared to socially distance. The street will be closed to traffic during the concert.

For vendor information, contact Mary Landers at Levee Street at 601-638-7191. For all other inquiries contact Tommy Parker at 601-218-1524. 

We hope to see you there. Come join us, and let’s show the world #Vicksburgisopenforbusiness!

Visit Levee Street Marketplace on Facebook and Festival On The River-Vicksburg, Mississippi, for updates this week.

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Eddie Van Halen dead at 65

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Eddie Van Halen in 2007 (photo by Anirudh Koul from Montreal, Canada - Eddie Van Halen Shredding His Guitar @ "Eruption" - Van Halen Concert, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5141962)

Rock ‘n’ roll guitarist Eddie Van Halen, co-founder of the eponymous band Van Halen, is dead at 65.

Van Halen died after a decadelong battle with throat cancer at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday with his wife, Janie, son, Wolfgang, and brother, Alex, at his side, reports TMZ.

Van Halen formed the band in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums and David Lee Roth as lead singer. Sammy Hagar joined the band in 1985 on lead vocals after Roth left.

Considered by many to be one of the best rock guitarists in the business, Eddie Van Halen’s guitar was the basis for the band’s many hits, among them “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Unchained,” “Hot for Teacher,” “Panama” and “Jump.”

Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

“He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on stage and off stage was a gift,” his son, Wolf, wrote on social media Tuesday. “My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.”

“I love you so much, Pop,”

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