Changes Made to Riley Center Schedule

Country legend George Jones will perform May 12 at the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-show party in the Grand Lobby at 6 p.m.

Jones' string of almost 150 hit songs date back to 1955 with “Why Baby Why” and includes such classics as “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “The Grand Tour” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today".

At 79, he still plays 60 shows a year and still immerses himself in each song with heart-tugging intensity.

Country star Sara Evans will kick off the Spring/Summer Series with a concert Friday, Mar. 4, at 7:30 p.m. and with a pre-show party at 6 p.m.

Evans has topped the country charts with “No Place That Far,” “Born to Fly,” “Suds in the Bucket” and “A Real Fine Place to Start".

Evans scored a hit single late last year with the getting-over-heartbreak ballad “A Little Bit Stronger,” co-written by Hillary Scott of the hugely popular country trio Lady Antebellum. Also last year, Evans won her first Dove Award in the gospel-music field for her contribution to the album Glory Revealed II: The Word of God in Worship.

These two shows replace scheduled performances by Randy Travis and Willie Nelson, which were canceled not long after the line-up was announced. Riley Center officials attributed the cancellations to changing tour schedules for Travis and Nelson.

Officials also announced that the Bruce Hornsby concert, which had been scheduled for Saturday, April 30, has been moved to Thursday, April 28.

For more information, contact the MSU Riley Center Box Office at

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