Band Perry plays sold-out benefit for UMMC MIND Center

May 3, 2013

Health Care

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

Mississippi music lovers will have a unique opportunity to hear one of country’s music’s hottest bands and support Alzheimer’s research at what’s expected to be a sold-out concert on May 5.

The Band Perry is set to perform at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 at Thalia Mara Hall. Proceeds will benefit the MIND Center (Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia Research), a cutting-edge Alzheimer’s disease research center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15, at Ticketmaster, both online and at its physical locations. Tickets range from $25-$42.50.

The Band Perry consists of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry. As the 2011 Country Music Association “New Artist of the Year,” the band’s Jackson performance will come just one month after the planned release of its second album, “Pioneer.” The band’s current No. 1 hit single has been certified Quadruple Platinum.

The Band Perry maintains strong ties to Mississippi. The three siblings were born in Jackson, raised in Madison and their father, Dr. Steve Perry, is a pediatrician and graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Perry will attend and be honored at the event.

“We are so honored that the Perrys will be returning to Mississippi to not only play their music, but to shine a light on the need for more research into this dreaded disease,” said Dr. Tom Mosley, MIND Center director.

Proceeds from the concert will support MIND Center research. Mosley and his team are currently leading one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted of mid-life risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of cognitive decline.

As part of a $26 million, National Institutes of Health study, Mosley is leading a consortium of some of the world’s leading medical institutions in a study designed to look at data collected from nearly 16,000 participants over more than 20 years. This innovative study enables MIND Center scientists to look back in time — to when study participants were middle-aged — to identify factors that predict development of dementia later in life.

The Band Perry will arrive in Jackson just a month after its second album, Pioneer, is released on April 2. The album is already receiving advance praise from critics, and the first single off that album, “Better Dig Two”, has already hit No. 1 on the U.S. Country charts and has been certified Platinum. The Band Perry has been previously awarded top new artist designations by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

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Source: University of Mississippi Medical Center

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Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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