Michael Grimm wowed a crowd of hundreds in Dumont Plaza Saturday evening as he performed some of his musical hits. Grimm told us it was great to be back in Meridian and doing what he loves most.
"It means I'm back home in Mississippi," Grimm said. "And Meridian, I got family out here. So my roots extend out here to Meridian. So I'm happy to be back here."
He said he hasn't visited the Queen City since he was 15, but says thankfully it has not changed much and is the way he remembers it.
"It's a nice, charming, humble town," Grimm added. "And I love the people here more than anything. Wonderful people."
People we talked to Saturday night said they not only enjoyed Grimm's music, but the atmosphere as a whole.
"We're here because Jimmie Rodgers was a big part of Meridian and we're just here to have a good time," Sarah Bailey Salter said.
Organizers told us they were pleased with the turnout they saw during Jimmie's Jam and say they attribute that to the nice weather we saw Saturday. As this year's festival is winding down, officials are already looking ahead to next year's 60th annual Jimmie Rodger's festival.
"We're going to try to blow it out next year for the 60th," coordinator Josh Taylor said. "This festival is the old festival in the state of Mississippi. There is a lot of heritage there that we should be proud of."