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“The British Invasion of Natchez”

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5/19/2016 - 5/20/2016
Natchez Performing Arts Center
“The British Invasion of Natchez”
Music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Other Brits that
Changed the World!

The British Invasion of Natchez is having a second go at it on Friday, May 20, at the Natchez Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. In 1763, Natchez came under British rule and remained so until the American defeat over Great Britain in the Revolutionary War. That period of British control and influence was an integral part of what makes Natchez an international city to this day.

Well, there back! But, this invasion is all music—the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other Brits. It is guaranteed to be a phenomenal tribute to the “Music that Changed the World!”

The arrival of the Beatles in the U.S. in 1964 marked the start of the British Invasion, a phenomenon that occurred in the mid-1960s when rock and pop music groups from Great Britain became popular in the United States. Groups such as the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, and The Who were some of the groups that dominated pop music all over the globe during that era.

Artists bringing these classic British sounds to a fun-filled evening of entertainment include: Joseph Britain, Music Director, piano, and vocals; Lowery Hicks, bass; Andy Gilstrap, drums; and, Peter Lake, Miles Doleac, and Joe Vanzandt, vocals.

The Natchez Performing Arts Center at Margaret Martin is located at 64 Homochitto Street in Natchez. Come enjoy the cash bar in The Grape Escape Club room beginning at 6:00 pm, prior to show time at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $25, or $10 for students K-12, adult with K-12 student, college and active military with current ID.

The Natchez Festival of Music is celebrating its 26th Season with events Tuesday thru Saturday weekly during the month of May. As Natchez celebrates its 300th anniversary, there is no better way to celebrate that rich heritage than with music that represents the four nations that have flown flags over this great city. Four Flags Over Natchez – A Tricentennial Season – covering French, Spanish, British, and American music. “Come for the music, stay for the experience!”

For this event, ticket information, as well as a schedule of the rest of the Festival’s tribute to the Tricentennial, visit www.natchezfestivalofmusic.com and/or contact Natchez Pilgrimage Tours at 800.647.6742. As well, for specific details about this event, please contact Katie McCabe by calling 601.748.3355 or via email at katiejmccabe@gmail.com

Contact: Katie McCabe
Phone: 601.748.3355
Email: katiejmccabe@gmail.com

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Huey Lewis and the News Come to the MSU Riley Center on June 21

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Huey Lewis and the News Come to the MSU Riley Center on June 21

MERIDIAN, MS – Huey Lewis and the News will bring “The Heart of Rock & Roll” to the historic heart of downtown Meridian for a concert at the MSU Riley Center on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. Concertgoers can also enjoy a pre-show party with free refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 6 p.m.

Lewis and his bandmates mixed blues, soul and rock ’n’ roll into a sound that generated hits throughout the 1980s and into the ’90s: “Do You Believe in Love,” “Workin’ for a Living,” “The Power of Love,” “Stuck with You,” “Hip to Be Square,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” and many more. The horn section, Lewis’ harmonica and his resonant, raspy voice helped the band stand out among the synthesizer-based new wave music that then filled the airwaves.

Huey Lewis and the News have kept touring all these years and continue to add an occasional new song to the concert mix, depending on Lewis’ whim. He says he never plans out a set list: “I just make it up nightly.” Even now, in the YouTube era, the band likes nothing better than performing in person for its fans. “Playing live is what we’ve always done,” Lewis said. “It’s what we’re best at. It’s what we love to do. And by the way, we’re still improving.”

For fans of: Kenny Loggins, John Mellencamp, The J. Geils Band

What critics say: “Lewis had as much drive as he did three decades ago. Even better, his band – many of them originals – still sounded like the reason a kid would say he wanted to be in a high school band.” – Bruce R. Miller, Sioux City Journal

Tickets are $80 and $74 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.

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Three Dog Night Brings the Sound of the ’70s to the MSU Riley Center on June 16TH

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Pre-show Party in lobby at 6:00 pm Show at 7:30 pm
Three Dog Night Brings the Sound of the ’70s to the MSU Riley Center on June 16TH

MERIDIAN, MS – Three Dog Night, which scored 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits from 1969 through 1975, will bring the exuberant sound of that era to the MSU Riley Center on Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. A pre-show party will offer free refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 6 p.m.

The band dominated the airwaves with such classics as “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” and “One” from such great songwriters as Harry Nilsson, Hoyt Axton, and Randy Newman. Co-founder and co-lead singer Danny Hutton heads the latest lineup, helped by new vocalist David Morgan, hired after the recent death of co-founder Cory Wells.

Three Dog Night has also been recording new songs recently. During concerts, “we try to keep it fresh, so we’ll switch the set up,” Hutton said. “We try to go a little deep in the album cuts and then sneak one or two new songs in.” But only one or two. Audiences love to hear their old favorites. And with Three Dog Night, there are a LOT of old favorites.

For fans of: Blood, Sweat & Tears, America, The Doobie Brothers

What critics say: “While the current tour is aimed at baby boomers who grew up with the music, there’s plenty of room for newcomers to enjoy some huge songs from rock ’n’ roll’s Golden Age and get a taste of where some of today’s bands have drawn their acoustic-harmony-infused influences.” – Jacob Uitti, New Times Broward-Palm Beach

Tickets are $55 and $49 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.

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The 63rd Annual Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival ...

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5/2/2016 - 5/7/2016
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The 63rd Annual Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
Meridian City Hall Green - May 6th and May 7th

Tuesday, May 3rd, 5:30 p.m. Industrial Heritage Museum(Soule’} Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, May 5th, Meridian Little Theatre, Highway 39, Mississippi Premier of “Jimmie Rodgers: America’s Blue Yodeler” The play will also be presented May 6,7,9,10 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 8th at 2:00 p.m.,
Friday, May 6th 5:00 p.m. Meridian City Hall Green JRMF OPENS Music from 6-10 featuring Cedric Burnside, The Marcus King Band and Blackberry Smoke
Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. MSU Riley Center Music Symposium featuring Merle Haggard Remembers Jimmie with Frank Mull and Paul Burch, Meridian Rising
Saturday, May 7, 12:00 Gates open Meridian City Hall Green
Saturday, May 7, 1:00 p.m. Jimmie Rodgers Talent Final Competition
Saturday, May 7, 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Great musical lineup featuring Big Sandy and The Fly Rite Boys, James McMurtry, Elizabeth Cook, Keller Williams, The Lone Bellow, Billie Joe Shaver,and Grammy winner Lucinda Williams.
Betty Lou Jones, President
The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation

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59/Twenty Music Fest ... 2016

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5/11/2016 - 6/11/2016
City Hall on the Greens Meridian, MS
59/Twenty Music Fest featuring ...
John Michael Montgomery and many other performers.
This is a benefit for the Care Lodge

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Heart Behind the Music Brings Intimate Songs, Stories to MSU Riley Center April 30th

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MSU Riley Center Meridian, MS
Heart Behind the Music Brings Intimate Songs, Stories to MSU Riley Center April 30th

MERIDIAN, MS – The Heart Behind the Music singer-songwriter showcase will return to the MSU Riley Center on Saturday, April 30, with John Berry, Will Champlin, Linda Davis, Billy Dean and special guest Chloe Channell. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m.

After charming audiences during several previous visits to the MSU Riley Center, the intimate Heart Behind the Music series has become a Meridian favorite. The musicians sit side by side on a bare stage, each with just a guitar or keyboard. They take turns singing songs that mean something to them and telling inside stories about their professional – and personal – lives.

Here’s a little background on the performers:
• John Berry’s soulful tenor voice first hit the country charts in 1994 with “Your Love Amazes Me.”
• Will Champlin, whose father, Bill, appeared in a Heart Behind the Music concert at the MSU Riley Center in April 2015, placed third on Season Five of “The Voice” in 2013.
• Linda Davis, mother of singer Hillary Scott of the superstar country group Lady Antebellum, reached number one on the country charts herself in 1993 with “Does He Love You,” a duet with Reba McEntire.
• Billy Dean has put more than 20 songs on the Billboard country charts, starting in 1990 with “Only Here for a Little While.”
• Chloe Channell, who at age 14 is already an eight-year stage veteran, has teamed with Dean to write a new anti-bullying song, “Hurt People.”

Not even the performers know in advance what songs they’ll perform or what secrets they’ll reveal. But they can guarantee at least one thing: a deeply touching evening of music and memories.

For fans of: singer-songwriters, acoustic music, stories behind the songs

What Heart Behind the Music artists say about the MSU Riley Center: “HUGE THANKS to Dennis Sankovich and his team at the MSU Riley Center for Education & Performing Arts for a great night on April 11th, 2015. We love going to Meridian, Mississippi.” – The Heart Behind the Music Facebook page

Tickets are $39 and $33 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200

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Jimmie Rodgers Musical Stage Play "America's Blue Yodeler"

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5/5/2016 - 5/10/2016
Meridian Little Theatre Highway 39 North Meridi9an, MS
Jimmie Rodgers Musical Stage Play
May 5th - 10th
Call for show times (601) 482-6371

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Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival

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5/6/2016 - 5/7/2016
Meridian City Hall Green
Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
May 6th & 7th
Meridian City Hall Green

(601) 917-4344
(601) 917-4344

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UWA ... American Idol’s Jessica Meuse to perform

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3/11/2016 - 3/12/2016
University of West Alabama ... Student Union Bldg.
UWA brings American Idol’s Jessica Meuse for 2nd Saturday concert Meuse to perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at the SUB

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama continues the spring season of 2nd Saturday with singer-songwriter Jessica Meuse performing on campus March 12. The Saturday night performance is set for 8 p.m. on the top floor of the Student Union Building.

Meuse made her national debut in season 13 of the hit television show, American Idol. She finished the season in the top three and toured the U.S. and Canada with the top 10 finalists in a 40-date summer concert tour.

The pride of Slapout, Ala., Meuse calls her style a “blend of southern rock with alternative rock and roll,” and she’s also been described as “rock, infused with country and metal.”

In the time since the Idol tour, Meuse has recorded and performed across the country. Like so many new artists, she says she’s trying to do the impossible.

“The hardest part of this is definitely hustling to get the work,” Meuse said in an interview with UWA. “Sometimes, work is slow and life starts to get a little rough. A lot of people don’t look at being a musician as a ‘real job,’ jo it makes it a little tougher to be taken seriously.”

Being taken seriously is something that changed for her with the American Idol experience, though.

“It gave me a platform,” she said. The show put a spotlight on the music that Meuse had been making for several years prior, performing live shows, producing YouTube videos, and recording self-penned tracks. She had a significant social media following when she auditioned, dubbed the Meuse Mafia. But her fan base grew exponentially as she progressed through round after round of performances.

“Being on the show gave me a head-start in my career and forced people to take me more seriously with my music,” Meuse said. Friends, family, and anyone who had heard her name knew she liked to perform, but her run on American Idol confirmed her commitment for anyone who may have second-guessed her before. “I told them I wasn’t kidding!”

On Jan. 1 of this year, Meuse released her second independent single, “Rio Grande,” which is available, and has plans to release an EP soon.

Today, Meuse is keeping a close eye on artists like Chris Stapleton, with hopes that her name might soon be on the bill beside theirs.

She says she catches episodes of this final season of American Idol when she can.

“I know a couple of people who auditioned and made it through to Hollywood,” she said. “It’s exciting to watch when you have friends on there. It’s bittersweet to know this is the final season, but the show has had an amazing run and helped so many people get the opportunity to grow in their music, some who took it all the way.”

Meuse is one of a relatively small group of performers who’ve had the opportunity to perform on one of the nation’s biggest stages for young artists, and an even smaller group to make it through the rigorous weeks of judging, rehearsing, and popular vote that leads to the semi-finals of American Idol.

“I feel blessed,” she said with a smile.

Meuse’s 2nd Saturday performance at UWA is open to UWA students as well as the Livingston community. No admission is charged.

For more information on UWA’s 2nd Saturday series, contact Jason Gardner in the Student Activities office at 205-652-3624.

Betsy Compton / Director of Public Relations
The University of West Alabama
phone: 205-652-3892
address: UWA Station 6

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Kathy Mattea’s –Songs And The Season Will Come to MSU Riley Center on December 10

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MSU Riley Center
Kathy Mattea’s –Songs And The Season Will Come to MSU Riley Center on December 10

MERIDIAN, MS – Kathy Mattea, one of the most versatile and thoughtful stars in country music, will bring her holiday show, Songs and the Season, to the MSU Riley Center on December 10. The festivities will include a pre-show party with refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 7 p.m.

Mattea has won two Grammy Awards, and the Country Music Association has twice named her Female Vocalist of the Year. From the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s, she was one of country music’s superstars. She charted four number one hits: “Goin’ Gone,” “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Come from the Heart,” and “Burnin’ Old Memories.” She has continued to record and tour while branching out musically, exploring Celtic and folk traditions. She has also worked on behalf of several social causes, including AIDS awareness and environmental activism.

She has released two Christmas albums, including the Grammy-winning Good News. True to her innovative spirit, she has found fresh ways to sing traditional carols while also showcasing new or obscure music. Her Songs and the Season concerts, she says, are “more about the spiritual side of Christmas and not so much about the holiday.” The MSU Riley Center audience can expect warmth, intimacy, reverence, and joy.

For fans of: Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Suzy Bogguss

What critics say: “Mattea naturally exuded personable sincerity, in large measure because she spent the show connecting to her audience rather than simply entertaining it.” – Thomas Kintner, Hartford Courant

Tickets are $43 and $37 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.

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The Traveling Echoes - Celebrating 61 Years !!!!

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7/26/2015 - Starts: 2:30 PM
Council of Organization Bldg. Meridian, MS
The Traveling Echoes - Celebrating 61 Years of singing
God's praises.
Calling all groups, choirs, soloists and Praise Teams.
Donation is only $5 ...(if you are not singing with a group)

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Christopher Cross Sails into the MSU Riley Center - August 8th

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8/8/2015 - Starts: 6:00 PM
MSU Riley Center
Christopher Cross Sails into the MSU Riley Center

MERIDIAN, MS – Christopher Cross, who made the most spectacular debut in Grammy Awards history, will bring his easy-on-the-ears jazz-pop music to the MSU Riley Center on Saturday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m.

A pre-show party with refreshments will start at 6 p.m. in the Grand Lobby.

Cross’s 1979 debut album, Christopher Cross, won five Grammy Awards, including the big four: Album, Song, and Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. The album spawned the number one hit “Sailing” as well as “Never Be the Same,” “Say You’ll Be Mine,” and “Ride Like the Wind.” In 1981, Cross won an Academy Award for Best Song with “Arthur’s Theme (Best You Can Do)” from the movie Arthur.

Cross has continued writing songs and performing ever since, often surprising concertgoers with his guitar skills. Remarkably, his soaring tenor voice remains as supple and sweet as ever. Whenever he takes the stage, he still takes listeners sailing away to paradise.

For fans of: Michael McDonald, Firefall, Kenny Loggins

What critics say: “Cross’s music not only holds up nearly 35 years later, but may be a better fit for these times, when musical lines are blurred and fractured.” – John J. Moser, Lehigh Valley Music

Tickets are $59 and $53 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.

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“Country music from Mississippi,”

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6/23/2015 - 7/23/2015
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Mississippi to Nashville - Behind the Unveiling
June 16, 2015
Posted by:
Barry Mazor
Music & Arts

Guest post written by Barry Mazor

“Country music from Mississippi,” all of us who have worked on conceiving, researching, designing and launching the Mississippi Country Music Trail and its markers have realized, had not been a subject as often discussed or understood as widely as Mississippi Blues, the subject of the state’s first, impactful music trail. From the planning of the very first Country Music Trail marker, unveiled in June, 2010—appropriately enough, the marker for “The Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers, in Meridian—an important goal was to shed light on how remarkable Mississippi’s contribution to country music has been, and to show how the shared culture, rhythms and musical style Magnolia State music makers brought to country music changed it, everywhere.

Those aspirations made the recent unveiling of the 29th trail marker, the first Country Music Trail marker placed outside of Mississippi itself, at 1111 16th Avenue South in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row, an especially satisfying milestone. It acknowledges and celebrates Mississippians’ rich and varied contributions in the country music capital, from the 1920s to this day.

The satisfaction was partly personal for me, as a Nashville resident honored to serve as the historian/researcher for the trail, and proud to be able to share the story we’re telling with the musicians and residents and innumerable country music fan visitors up here. It was professional, too, recalling very well how often the biographical details, the telling photos and graphics and rare record scans seen on Mississippi Country Music Trail markers all over the home state had been found among the family keepsakes of of music makers who’d made the trip, as the new marker heralds, from “Mississippi to Nashville.”

Country fans, media, Nashville-based Mississippians and dignitaries were all on hand June 4, as the marker was unveiled by Visit Mississippi Director Malcolm White, Hattiesburg’s songwriting hit maker Craig Wiseman, ace of all country music Marty Stuart (both of whom are on this marker; a marker back home in Philadelphia, MS also celebrates Marty’s career) and yours truly.

With the sheer breadth of the story this marker tells, I can assure you, it was a real challenge just to be sure that the broad cast of talents entitled to this lasting “cast iron” recognition were properly included. The singers, pickers, songwriters and record producers visitors to the “Mississippi to Nashville” will be seeing honored range from globally recognized country-changing stars—from Jimmie Rodgers and Elvis Presley to Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Faith Hill and Bobbie Gentry, to the writers (often multiple threat writer-performer-producers) such as Hank Cochran, Johnny Russell, Carl Jackson, Mac McAnally and Paul Overstreet who made so many songs the superstars sing—so often, songs about Mississippi.

It all adds up.

Mississippi’s Nashville music makers, so often lured to Music City by the sounds of the Grand Ole Opry calling to them as it reached the radios of their childhoods in the night, brought that homebred, expressive mix of Deep South soul, Delta blues, Southern gospel and R&B right along with them in the country music they’ve made and are making. It’s meant that country is not all and solely about the “pristine” sounds of those ancient Appalachian hills of legend. Country has been a lot more fun, varied, and, for want of a better word, plain moister, because Mississippians have made so much of it.

It’s great to be able to spread the word. On cast iron.

Barry Mazor is the historian for the Mississippi Country Music Trail, and a longtime music, media, and business journalist. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and to the online music magazine medium/cuepoint, and is the author of "Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music" and "Meeting Jimmie Rodgers." He is the former senior editor and columnist for No Depression magazine and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including American Songwriter, the Nashville Scene, the Village Voice, and the Washington Post. He was awarded the Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism in 2008. He lives in Nashville, TN.
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Jeff and Sheri Easter in Concert ...

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Southeast Lauderdale Middle School Auditorium
FM Promotions presents ... Jeff and Sheri Easter in Concert ...
April 18th at the Southeast Lauderdale Middle School
Auditorium - Beginning at 6:00 pm.
All Tickets are General Admission $12 in advance - $17 day of show.
Can be purchased on line at itickets.com or call (800) 965-9324

Meridian Cycles, Highway 80 / 19 North - Meridian
George's Auto Parts 408 Highway 16 West - DeKalb
Richard Ferguson (601) 416-1630
Also - Southeast High School Office
Richard Ferguson (601) 416-1630

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Jimmie Rodgers Talent Competition - "Country / Gospel"

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Meridian City hall Green
Jimmie Rodgers Talent Competition - "Country / Gospel"
2 divisions ... Adult and Youth.
Win prizes and an opportunity to appear on stage at the
Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
May 1st & 2nd

(601) 934-3528
(601) 934-4344


(601) 934-3528
(601) 934-4344



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The Young Professionals of Meridian announce 59Twenty Music Fest Lineup

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The Young Professionals of Meridian ....
We are pleased to announce our 2015 59Twenty Music Festival Lineup!!
Tickets are officially on sale! $20 in advance, $30 day of event.

On The Main Stage
The Wailers
Drivin N Cryin
Black Pistol Fire
Old Southwest

On The Local Stage
The Mississippi Shakedown
Storage 24

Please join us for a great day of music and fun in downtown Meridian
while benefiting a great cause in theCare Lodge Domestic Abuse Shelter!

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The Florida Boys ... in Concert

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Temple Theatre Meridian, MS
Lauderdale County Habitat For Humanity presents ...
The Florida Boys ... in Concert
Thursday, Oct. 16th at the Temple Theatre beginning at 6:30 pm
ALSO ... Featuring...
St. Paul United Methodist Church "Sweet Spirits Inspirational Choir"
Tickets ...
Advance $15
At the door $20
Tickets can be purchased at The Bible Book Store
820 23rd Ave.
Meridian, MS

Lauderdale County Habitat For Humanity ... Raising The Roof !
Celebrating 25 Years !

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2014 Hwy 80 Songwriters Fest

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Meridian Main Street Announcement
For immediate release
September 3, 2014
Meridian, Mississippi

CONTACT: Meridian Main Street
Debby Delshad - (601) 693-7480

RE: 2014 Hwy 80 Songwriters Fest

Meridian Main Street, in partnership with Lauderdale County Tourism, and local sponsors proudly invite you to enjoy the Hwy 80 Songwriters Fest on October 24-25, 2014 at three venues (Weidmann's, The Brickhaus Bar & Grill and Faces Lounge) in downtown Meridian, Mississippi, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Eighteen songwriters from Alabama and Mississippi include Steve Deaton, Scott Albert Johnson, accompanied by Chalmers Davis, Bob Ray, Wes Lee, Joe Plunkett, Zachary Diedrich, Melissa Joiner, Bryan Hayes, Jim Oakes, Derek Norsworthy, Christina Christian, Abigail Osteen, Taylor Craven, Thomas Jackson, and more.

The Hwy 80 Songwriting Workshop facilitator, Marty Gamblin, Executive Director for the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center said, "Songwriters are the very backbone of the creative process." Through The Montgomery Institute's West Alabama/East Mississippi Initiative to build rural communities through creative economic development, and brainstorming, partnerships formed between Mississippi and Alabama and the first Highway 80 "Tastes" were held in Demopolis, AL and Meridian, MS in 2013.

"We're very excited to be included as a venue for the Hwy 80 Songwriters Festival," said Ken Flynt, co-owner of The Brickhaus. "I made it to Demopolis last year and was very impressed by the talent. Music and songwriting is an important part of our Southern Culture and the Brickhaus is committed to fostering the Music Scene in East Mississippi and West Alabama."

The mission of the Hwy 80 Songwriters Fest is to provide songwriters opportunities to expand their network and a stage to showcase original works in communities along the Highway 80 corridor. The educational aspect will have songwriters and students writing lyrics and putting them to music at Poplar Springs Elementary School. The two-hour workshop held by Marty Gamblin, will be held at Union Station Saturday the 25th at 10:00 a.m. The workshop is open to anyone wanting to learn more about songwriting and the business of songwriting. Reaching across the state line expands tourism, and gives smaller rural communities along the Hwy. 80 corridor an opportunity to highlight their area by participating at host songwriter venues. This is a wonderful collaboration bringing the talents of songwriters to the place that can best showcase their work.

Meridian Main Street
2120 - A Main (5th) St.
Meridian, Mississippi 39301

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The Sucarnochee Revue

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Temple Theatre Downtown - Meridian, MS
Don't miss this scheduled event of favorite locals and those near by, as they bring the finest in music and entertainment ... featuring your host, Jacky Jack White, a well-known artist seasoned in music writing and performance.
Doors open at 6:00 pm ... Showtime is at 7:00 pm
at the Temple Theatre in Meridian, MS

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Suits - Boots & Bluegrass Gospel Charity Concert

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MSU Riley Center Meridian, MS
Don't miss the Suits - Boots & Bluegrass Gospel Charity Concert,
Sept. 12th at the MSU Riley Center from 6:00 - 10 pm
Tickets are only $29
... a premier Bluegrass gospel event to raise money for 3 charities.

Feed by Faith
Hope Village and
Jimmie Rodgers Foundation

featuring - The Bankesters
EMI Sunshine and the Rain
Nu Blu - Dixie Flavor Balos Family ... plus
Meridian's own Britt Gully - Aka "Jimmie Rodgers"
There will be a Silent Auction as well
Don't you dare miss it !!!

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59Twenty Music Festival Line Up Announced - 2014

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On the front lawn of City Hall Meridian, MS
59Twenty Music Festival Line Up Announced

Meridian, MS - The 59Twenty Music Festival was started in 2011 by the Young Professionals of Meridian as a fundraiser to support the Care Lodge, a local domestic violence shelter serving a nine county area in East Mississippi. The next event will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014, on the front lawn of City Hall. The festival will feature four bands on the main stage from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m., as well as local artists performing on a second stage between acts.

Headlining the event this year will be the Marshall Tucker Band. The six-man group has been touring the nation since the early 70's and is still led by founding member Doug Gray. They play songs that have stood the test of time, and that every generation is sure to recognize, like "Can't you See," "Fire On the Mountain," and "Heard It In a Love Song."

Hitting the main stage, prior to the Marshall Tucker Band, will be the return of Rosco Bandana. "The band was such a huge hit last year that our committee decided we had to try and bring them back. I think every person that attended left there a Rosco Bandana's fan," said YPM President Meredith Rea.

Also playing on the main stage will be Nelo and Surviving Allison. Nelo, an alternative rock band from Dallas, TX, was formed in 2005 and has played at venues such as Austin's SXSW Music Conference and Austin City Limits Festival. Surviving Allison is a high energy, pop-rock band from North Mississippi. In 2012 they participated in five battle of the band contests and won all five.

This year's 59Twenty Music Festival is sure to cater to a wide range of musical tastes. As always, this if a family friendly event and children 12 and under enter for free. There will be plenty of food, drink and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased locally at Harry Mayer Clothiers, Meridian Underground Music, and the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. Online tickets are available at www.59twenty.com or www.ypmeridian.com.

For more information call 601-693-1306. Up to date information can always be found on the 59Twenty Music Festival Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Young Professionals of Meridian are a part of the East Mississippi Development Foundation, a non-profit organization. Their mission is to provide a proactive and collective voice for young professionals through social interaction and community involvement. More information can be found at www.ypmeridian.com.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/230491321.html | 230491321

Mt. Zion UMC - Quartet / Choir Program

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Mt. Zion UMC
There will be a quartet/choir program at Mt. Zion UMC, November 17 at 3 p.m. Some of the groups/choir that will be on program is as following

Sponsored by the Mt. Zion Lodge #185.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/228169001.html | 228169001

After 5 Alive Concert

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Dumont Plaza Downtown - Meridian, MS
The concert tonight, October 17th,
features Southern Drive.
Come out after work for this FREE concert.
Don't forget your lawn chair!


Meridian Main Street

2120 - A Main (5th) St.

Meridian, Mississippi 39301


http://www.wtok.com/community/events/226325081.html | 226325081

Meridian Main Street Presents ... After 5 Alive

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Dumont Plaza
After 5 Alive ... Oct. 3rd
The first in a line-up of scheduled Thursday evening eventds for the
month of October - for further information of talent, contact:

Meridian Main Street
2120 - A Main (5th) St.
Meridian, Mississippi 39301

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/223616241.html | 223616241

Ronnie Dunn at MSU Riley Center

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Ronnie Dunn is one of country music's most recognizable voices and one of the most acclaimed country music entertainers. His fresh contemporary single "Kiss You There" leaped onto the sales charts the moment it was unveiled online. Dunn and Kix Brooks were the industry's most award-winning duo and were named Entertainers of the Year four times. They garnered 20 Country Music Association Awards and 28 Academy of Country Music Awards - more than any other artist in ACM history. Dunn debuted his self-titled solo album in 2011. It launched the Top 10 "Bleed Red," Top 20 "Cost of Livin'," and Top 40 "Let the Cowboy Rock."

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013, 7:30PM, $69, $63, PRE-SHOW 6PM

Meridian Main Street

2120 - A Main (5th) St.

Meridian, Mississippi 39301


http://www.wtok.com/community/events/222370751.html | 222370751

Randy Houser Headlines Jimmie Rodgers' Celebration

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Temple Theatre Downtown Meridian, MS
Meridian Main Street Announcement ...
Meridian - let's pack the seats at the Temple Theater!
JRF Birthday Celebration

September 5
Event: JRF Birthday Celebration
Featuring: Randy Houser, Kent Blazey, Dallas Davidson, and Rob Hatch
Location: Temple Theatre
Address: 2320 8th Street, Meridian, MS 39301
Time: 6:30 pm

Reserved Seats - $30

General Admission - $20

The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation presents RANDY HOUSER & FRIENDS!

Mississippi native Randy Houser has been burning up the country music charts with such hits asBoots On, How Country Feels, and his most recent hit Runnin Outta Moonlight. Houser will be joined on stage by fellow Nashville songwriters Kent Blazey, Dallas Davidson, and Rob Hatch. Blazey achieved massive artistic success with If Tomorrow Never Comes as performed by Garth Brooks. Davidson has been tapped as CMA's 'Songwriter of the Year' for the past five years straight. Hatch has ten No. 1 hits to his credit. Quite a lineup!

Tickets can be purchased at the Temple Theatre box office Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets can also be ordered by contacting the box office at 601-693-5353.

Jimmie Rodgers was born on September 8, 1897 in Meridian, Miss. 2013 would have been his 116th birthday. To further celebrate his life and career, the Jimmie Rodgers Museum will be open to the public FREE ADMISSION Sunday, September 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Museum is located at 1725 Jimmie Rodgers Drive, Meridian, Miss. For more information, contact the Jimmie Rodgers Museum
at 601-485-1808.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/218676661.html | 218676661

Jimmie Rodgers - 116th Year Birthday Anniversary

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Temple Theatre Meridian, MS
Jimmie Rodgers - 116th Year Birthday Anniversary ...
Sept. 5th ...
featured guest will be: Randy Houser and friends.
This is a night for singers, songwriters and music-lovers alike.
$30 Reserved
$20 General Admission
Tickets can be purchased, "in person," at the Temple Box Office ...
Monday - Friday from 10 am - 2 pm ... or order by mail, by calling
the Temple Box office at (601) 693-5353.

For adittional info ... call the Jimmie Rodgers Museum ...
Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm at (601) 485-1808 or ...
go on-line at www.jimmierodgers.com

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/210397951.html | 210397951

The Inspirations - in Concert

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7:00 pm
Temple Theatre
The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation presents ....
The Inspirations - in Concert - July 12th at 7:00 pm
Temple Theatre
A & B Section $15 in advance
C Section $10 in advance
All seats additional $5 day of show
Tickets on sale at Bible Book Store
Call Richard Ferguson - (601) 416-1630
Call Richard Ferguson - (601) 416-1630

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/128842828.html | 128842828

Magnificent Clouds of Joy 43rd Year Appreciation

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See Schedule
You are cordially invited to come and magnify the LORD with us in our annual celebration honoring the MAGNIFICIENT CLOUDS OF JOY of Lauderdale, MS 43rd Year Appreciation. It will be worth your while, because you will be in for a treat.

Part I
When: September 17, 2011 (Saturday Evening)
Time: 6:00pm
Where: Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Porterville, MS
Pastor, Tony Hubbard

Part II
When: September 18, 2011 (Sunday Evening)
Time: 2:30pm
Where: Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Porterville, MS
Pastor, Tony Hubbard

For more information, please contact:
Alexander Mitchell, Booking Manager
3147 Old Rock Road
Porterville, MS 39352
(662) 476-5733

Al Mitchell (601) 863-6346

Darrin Mitchell (601) 527-2888

You may also contact any member of the group

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/88857652.html | 88857652

Lou's Pavilion

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Lou's Pavilion is located 5 miles East of Sebastopol on HWY492.
Still got Cabin Fever?Come on down to Lou's Pavilion and see the "Sistrunk Sisters" Saturday April 3RD 6:30p.m.-until.Also at Lou's Pavilion will be performing "Crossroad Bluegrass"and "Hayes Crossing".So get rid of the winter blues and spring forward to Lou's Pavilion located 5 miles East of Sebastopol on HWY 492.
If you have any questions call Kenneth Graham at 601-692-8840.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/63558457.html | 63558457

Gospel Singing

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Long Creek Community Cllub
Gospel singing all singers and pickers welcome. Bring a gift for nursing home patients and a covered dish to share.

Expense offering taken.
Contact Bruce for more information at (601) 282-5269.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/42547307.html | 42547307

Meridian Community College Big Band Bash

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Highland Park, Frank Cochran Center
Carey Smith leads the MCC Band for your listening and dancing pleasure. This is the 26th annual event. Admission is $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Leia Hill, 601-484-8696.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/26412744.html | 26412744

Sandy Ridge Bluegrass Park

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Sandy Ridge Bluegrass Park in Clarke County, MS
The Sandy Ridge Bluegrass Park is still going strong with get togethers
every 4th weekend of the month,"Thursday, Friday and Saturday,"
For August it will begin on the 21st.
This is good clean family entertainment.
Pick or listen inside the A/C facility or hang around the porch or parking area.
Be sure and tell your friends.
(601) 917-5014
(601) 693-2996
(601) 485-3961 after 6:00 pm

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