Jimmie Rodgers Foundation Announces Summer Events

The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation Tuesday announced summer activities that will spotlight country and Gospel music.

The biggest news is country legend Merle Haggard will join Philadelphia native Marty Stuart for a concert July 25 at the MSU Riley Center.

It comes during an exhibit of "Sparkle and Twang", Stuart's collection of authentic country music memorabilia, July 10-Sept. 18 at the Riley Center.

The foundation says it's an appropriate showcase for Meridian.

"This is a cooperative effort of our community, with many entities working together for our community to bring good entertainment and to focus on our heritage, our musical heritage," said foundation president Betty Lou Jones. "And the fact that Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music is from Meridian, which makes Meridian the birthplace of America's music."

The foundation caps a big summer with a performance of the popular Gospel group, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Sept. 18 at the Temple Theatre.

Sparkle & Twang, Marty Stuart's American Musical Odyssey
MSU Riley Center, Meridian
July 10-Sept. 18
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday noon - 4 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for all students (K-college)

Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart Concert
Sunday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.
MSU Riley Center, Meridian
Tickets: $69 and $63
On sale Wednesday, June 2 by calling or visiting MSU Riley Center Box Office, 2200 5th Street, Meridian, MS 39301

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Saturday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Temple Theatre, Meridian
Tickets: $25, $20, $18, $12
On sale now at Temple Theatre
2320 8th Street, meridian, MS 39301
Also available at itickets.com

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