Live Music at Squealer's in Meridian MS

By Kevin Litwin on May 4, 2013 at 10:00 am EST

Ladies and gentlemen: Goodhope Goulash.

No, that's not one of the menu items featured at Squealer's Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que, but one of several local bands that have played on stage before large Thursday night crowds at the Meridian restaurant located on Great River Drive.

“We've been welcoming music crowds on Thursday nights since early 2012, and word has spread so much that not only do local bands want to play here, but we're also getting inquiries from groups based in cities like Atlanta, Birmingham and Jackson,” says Teresa Cranmore, who co-owns Squealers's Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que with her husband, Terrance.

Cranmore says that besides Goodhope Goulash, other local bands who have graced the Squealer's stage include The Al Brown All Stars and Blues Messengers.

“Bands on Thursdays play from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and as the weather gets better in the spring and summer, we block off our parking lot to put tables and chairs outdoors to seat even more people,” she says. “We're thinking of maybe adding another band night in the future, but for now, area music fans know that Squealer's is the place to be on Thursday nights.”

Chicken and Charities

As for its menu, the restaurant serves dishes such as pulled pork, pulled chicken, link sausage, brisket, ribeye steaks and half-pound burgers, plus a number of craft beers are on tap.

The Squealer's staff also gets involved in numerous charity efforts and has raised more than $1 million for worthwhile causes since opening the restaurant's doors in 1998.

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It's staggering the quality entertainment the [MSU Riley Center] has brought to Meridian. We are fortunate to experience this here without having to travel to larger markets. Instead, we benefit from tourists coming to us.

Wink Glover, longtime Meridianite