Stuart to headline statehood celebration concert

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Philadelphia's own Marty Stuart will headline the Governor's Concert at Mississippi Bicentennial North June 24, 2017. The free event is part of celebrations around the state during 2017 celebrating 200 years of statehood.

“In a state known for master storytellers, Oxford is a literary capital,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “There is no better backdrop for a celebration featuring some of Mississippi’s greatest songwriters than the land of William Faulkner, where our literary tradition thrives.”

Stuart will lead the lineup at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, located on the University of Mississippi campus.

The Philadelphia native began his career as a sideman for country legends Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash before striking Gold and Platinum in his solo career, which now spans more than three decades.

The Governor’s Concert also will feature singer-songwriter Mac McAnally, a hit maker for Kenny Chesney and Alabama and a longtime member of Jimmy Buffett’s backing band, plus Mississippi’s Music and Culture Ambassador Steve Azar and Shannon McNally.

“We Are Mississippi,” a salute to the state’s musical heritage conducted by Dr. Jay Dean, Executive Director of the Arts Institute of Mississippi, will kick off the concert.

Additional acts in the showcase include Vasti Jackson, the Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi, 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest winner David Lee, the Mississippi Bicentennial Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Bicentennial Singers.

All events during the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration are free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, the Governor’s Concert is free with ticketed admission. Attendees must reserve tickets online. Click the attached link for information about the bicentennial or for ticket information. Visitors are limited to two tickets each.

Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration events are also planned for Jackson Dec. 9, 2017, during the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.