Final Events Announced for 2009 JRMF

The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation Friday announced its closing events for the 2009 Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival.

Foundation members held a news conference at Singing Brakeman Park, which is the site of the finale April 24-25.

Friday's events will feature the Mayhem String Band, Mississippi Chris Sharp and the Jang-a-Lang Band, and Spunk Monkees.

Saturday night's acts will be Santa Fe and James Otto, nominated for Best New Male Artist by the Academy of Country Music.

"We know that you're going to come out and find something that you will enjoy. We want you to go to our Web site, or to for more information. We want you to enter our pageant. We want you to enter our talent competition and be a part of Jimmie Rodgers, which is the most important economic development tool that as tourism we can promote here in Meridian and Lauderdale County," said the foundation's Betty Lou Jones.

April 24-25 Shows
Singing Brakeman Park
Friday Tickets: $10.00
Saturday Tickets: $15.00
Package for both nights will be 'buy one for $25.00, get one free' for a limited time.
Tickets are on sale at the Jimmie Rodgers Museum (601-485-1808) and on

WTOK-TV is a presenting sponsor of the Jimmie Rodgers Festival. Other events that have already been announced include the country and gospel talent competitions, beauty pageant, and a southern gospel show. Details about each event is listed below.

Southern Gospel Concert
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Temple Theatre-Meridian, Miss. 6:30pm
The McKameys, 2ndmile, The Harrells,
The Gospel Strings, Masters Sound Quartet
Tickets: Advance $25.00, $15.00, $10.00;
Day of Concert $30.00, $20.00, $15.00.
Doors open at 5:30.
On sale at the box office 601-693-5353
or 601-416-1630 on line at

Jimmie Rodgers Pageant
Mar. 28 at 9 a.m.
Temple Theatre Ballroom
Entry Fee: $100.00

Jimmie Rodgers Country Talent Competition
Saturday, April 4
Youth 9:00 a.m.
Adult 12 noon
Temple Theatre
Entry Fee: $50.00

For more information and for applications about the talent competition and the pageant, call 601-485-1808. A link is provided below for the Jimmie Rodgers Web site, which has applications. Other questions may go to Cathy Monsour at 601-693-4390 and Richard Ferguson at 601-416-1630.

The Jimmie Rodgers Museum, in operation since 1976 at Highland Park, has also expanded its hours. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Fore more information, call 601-485-1808.

The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation's latest news release appears below.

For Immediate Release
March 6, 2009
Meridian, Mississippi

For the past 53 years the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation has been planning and producing quality entertainment in keeping with their goal of perpetuating the memory of the “Father of Country Music”, Meridian native Jimmie Rodgers. The history and heritage of preserving the acclaimed “Stage of Legends” is being followed by the lineup of activities for 2009.

Beginning with the selection of Jimmie Rodgers Queens on March 28th and ending with a big show downtown on April 25th the spring activities offer something for everyone!!

The selection of the 2009 Jimmie Rodgers Queens will take place on March 28th at the Temple Theatre Ballroom beginning at 9:00 a.m. Cathy Monsour is chairing this event and can be reached at 601-513-1514.

The Country Music Talent Competition will begin with preliminaries on Saturday, April 4th at the Temple Theatre Ballroom. The youth competition will begin at 9:00 a. m. and the adult competition will begin at noon. Youth Competition includes youth 13 years of age and younger. The adult competition will include contestants 14 years of age and over. Ten preliminary winners in both youth and adult will be chosen for final competition on April 25th. Overall winners will perform on stage at the concert that night. Prizes and trophies will be awarded in age categories. For more information regarding the talent competition please call Cathy Monsour at 601-513-1514.

For applications and more information on the Talent Competition and the Pageant please call 601-485-1808 or go to or

The Jimmie Rodgers Museum which has been in operation since 1976, located in Highland Park is pleased to announce expanded hours. The museum is now open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For more information regarding the museum hours and services, please call 601-485-1808.

The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation is proud to join forces with the Meridian Council for the Arts Three Foot Festival on Saturday, April 4th in downtown Meridian with the Jimmie Rodgers Country Music Talent Competition and our Spring Gospel Concert.

The Talent Competition will take place in the Temple Theatre Ballroom from 9:00 a.m. until competition is complete. For more information regarding the Talent Competition please contact Cathy Monsour at 601-693-4390.

At 6:30 p.m that evening the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation will present in the Temple Theatre a gospel concert featuring The McKameys from Clinton, Tennessee, 2nd Mile, The Harrells, The Gospel Strings and the Master’s Sound Quartet. Tickets are on sale at the Jimmie Rodgers Museum (601-485-1808) and the Temple Theatre(601-693-5353) as well as at Ticket prices are: $25 for Artist Circle , A and B seats $15, C tickets are $10 and D Tickets, $5.00. For more information regarding the Gospel Concert please call Richard Ferguson at 601-416-1630.

The grand finale of events will be the Jimmie Rodgers Festival on April 24th and April 25th at Singing Brakeman Park in downtown Meridian.

Friday night the doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. The opening act will be the Mayhem String Band at 7:00 p.m. followed by Mississippi Chris Sharp and the Jang-A- Lang Band at 8:30 p.m. and the final act will be the Spunk Monkees at 10 :00 p.m.

There will be activities in the Park all day Saturday with food, beverages and other attractions. The Talent Competition finalists will compete beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday night activities will kick off with the doors opening at 5:00 p.m. The Jimmie Rodgers Talent Competition overall winners will open the concert. Santa Fe will play at 7:30 followed by headliner James Otto,nominee for New Male County Artist of the year by the AMC. Tickets are on sale now at the Jimmie Rodgers Museum (601-485-1808 and on Ticket prices are $10 for Friday night and $15 for Saturday night. Festival package for both nights will be buy one and get one free ($25). This will be a saving of $25.00 for a limited number of tickets. Richard Ferguson, Festival Producer can be reached at 601-416-1630.

Other activities throughout the year will be announced later.

Make plans now to attend these outstanding entertainment events sponsored by The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation. Presenting Sponsor is WTOK-TV . Radio Sponsor for the three concerts is 970KK. Radio Sponsor for the Talent Competition is B103. Other sponsors include Structural Steel Services, Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors and The City of Meridian.

Jimmie Rodgers Foundation information can be obtained by calling The Jimmie Rodgers Museum at 601-485-1808 or Betty Lou Jones, President at 601-482-0166, 601-917-4344 or or

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  • by James Otto Sweet Heart Location: East Tennessee on Mar 6, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    I love James Otto so much!!! (big smile) God bless you and him always!!! Holly in East Tennessee
  • by M Location: Lauderdale County on Mar 6, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    Once again the JRF have come up with a Loser lineup. Maybe they need to move it to AL.
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