Get Hooked Up with the Back Bay Music Fest

It’s Labor Day weekend, and the Hook-Up Bar and Restaurant has three days of music and fun in the sun for its inaugural Back Bay Music Festival.

The music lineup – Isis this evening, Rosco Bandana on Saturday and the Molly Ringwalds Sunday – is only part of the allure. There’s a free children’s fishing tournament Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, kayak lessons Saturday and Sunday, volleyball tournaments, inflatables and a waterslide, and food and retail vendors throughout the weekend.

Concert tickets begin at $20, with $50 and $100 VIP food-and-beverage packages available for the weekend. See more on the music festival by clicking here.

Elsewhere this weekend you’ll find John Kay & Steppenwolf at the Hard Rock, Darius Rucker at the Beau, and Natalie Cole at the IP.

To see the entire weekend lineup, courtesy of listings compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Biloxi: Catering to the value-conscious traveler

Tripeese, an interactive travel website that caters to group travelers seeking discount rates, this week announced its five end-of-summer, must-see destinations: Hilton Head, S.C.; The Ozarks, Ark.; Molokai, Hawaii; Glacier Bay, Alaska; and, drum roll, please, Biloxi, Miss.

Tripeese says that Biloxi may seem off-the-beaten path (as opposed to Hawaii or Alaska), but travelers will find a value-added destination – along with miles of beaches, casinos, delicious local seafood eateries, trips to barrier islands, dolphin cruises, deep-sea fishing, and all served up with “signature southern hospitality.”

The blog says budget-minded travelers should act now, before the official end of summer, on Sept. 22.

To see the report spotted by Taryn Pratt of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

RV park issue to top nighttime council meeting

Members of the Biloxi City Council will decide whether to allow an RV park to be constructed on 14.5 acres off Wells Drive when they meet on Tuesday evening at 6 at City Hall.

The meeting marks a return to the council’s pre-Katrina routine of having the first-of-the-month meeting at night.

Besides the RV park issue, the council will also be asked to add 90 days to the construction schedule of the million-dollar bait shop and fuel dock now under construction at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. Contractors are asking for the extension – to November 27 – to work around underground obstructions that were found when installing an elevator pit.

During the nighttime meeting, the council also will hear comments on the pending city budget.

The council will also meet at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon to consider measures to update the city’s building codes, and will then gather to learn more about tax increment financing and other development tools.

To see the agendas and supporting documents for each meeting, click here.

News and notes

Webcasting: To listen to this week’s City Desk webcast, click here.

Traffic watch: Biloxi Police remind motorists to expect heavy traffic and delays this holiday weekend. To see links to real-time traffic cameras for a host of area roadways, and a list of road construction projects underway throughout the city, click here.

Labor Day holiday: Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.