Posts Tagged ‘music’

EATING UP THE BLUES — 5th Annual Oxford Blues Festival adds food to the lineup

Darryl Parker, organizer of the 5th Annual Oxford Blues Festival, recently received some inspiration — and validation — on a lonely stretch of Mississippi highway. “I was traveling along when I saw a van full of people that had pulled off of the side of the road,” Parker remembered. “The folks had stopped at a […] [...]

City taking bids for project featuring Elvis Presley

TUPELO — The city of Tupelo will accept bids through May 29 for a project that officials say will connect the cultural roots of Tupelo with its downtown. The Federal Highway Administration and Mississippi Department of Transportation recently gave the city approval to seek bids for the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail project. The project includes […] [...]

Twang & tourism: Mississippi Country Music Trail tells genre’s story

In 2006 when the Mississippi Blues Trail was still in development, Malcolm White told the Mississippi Business Journal he thought a similar trail honoring the state’s country music heritage was a “distinct possibility.” Four years later, the Mississippi Legislature ended all doubt and the Mississippi Country Music Trail was born. Today, the trail is comprised […] [...]

MDA introduces new ‘Mississippi Homecoming’ tourism ad campaign

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division has unveiled its new advertising campaign. With a nod to 2014 as the Year of the Creative Economy, the campaign – “Mississippi Homecoming” – invites visitors to celebrate every aspect of the state’s cultural heritage. “No other state in the country is home to such a wealth […] [...]

Blues Trail marker ceremony moved due to weather

JACKSON — Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the location for today’s Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveilings has been changed. The markers for both Charley Patton and the Chatmon Family/Mississippi Sheiks will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at the Mississippi e-Center @ Jackson State University located at 1230 Raymond Road in Jackson. Live entertainment […] [...]

Mississippi to take center stage at Blues Hall of Fame induction

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Blues Foundation will induct new members, songs/albums and blues-related literature when it holds its Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony in May, and Mississippi will be well represented. Blues saxophonists Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Shaw and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson will be inducted as well as Mississippi hill country patriarch R.L. Burnside […] [...]

State’s music, musicians take center stage at GRAMMY Week

LOS ANGELES — For the fifth year, Mississippi is showcasing its musical legacy as part of GRAMMY Week, a preamble to the GRAMMY Awards ceremony. Today, the “Mississippi Music Celebration at the GRAMMY Museum” at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles is celebrating the state’s musical heritage and specifically honoring Mississippi’s pivotal role in the […] [...]

Shooting begins in Jackson for biopic on James Brown

JACKSON — Filming is underway in Jackson for the James Brown biopic “Get On Up.” Extras arrived last week at Thalia Mara Hall, where they were transformed into fans from concert scenes in various time periods. Details of the productions are being kept under wraps, but Trish Hoffman, executive producer of the film, said filming […] [...]

Jay Dean, Gwen James honored as Hub Award recipients

by Published: December 13,2013

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, music

Jay Dean, music director of the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and Gwen James, co-owner and president of Coldwell Banker Don Nace Realty, are the 2013 Hub Award recipients. The Hub Award has been presented annually since 1979 to recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public […] [...]

Bryant proclaims ‘Year of the Creative Economy’

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has announced a yearlong celebration in 2014 to showcase Mississippi people, communities and enterprises that are moving the state’s economy forward. Bryant made the announcement yesterday with state tourism officials. He says the “Year of the Creative Economy” will bring home many well-known artists, performers and others to join the […] [...]

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