Mississippi Musicians Day

Jay Dean, acting director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music, talks about the activities during the Mississippi Musicians Day in Hattiesburg on March 7. Listening to Dean are Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker, left, and national recording artist Kobe Singleton. (Photo by Buster Wolfe)

The city of Hattiesburg and community partners are bringing Mississippi Musicians Day to the Hub City on Saturday, March 7. The day-long celebration will include workshops & seminars, children's activities and a finale performance by Vasti Jackson, John Wooton and others.

Held at the Community Arts Center, 825 N. Main St., the event will use seminars and hands-on experiences to focus on increasing awareness around Mississippi’s musical heritage. Hattiesburg is a perfect backdrop for such a celebration, Mayor Toby Barker said.

“Hattiesburg is an integral part of our state’s musical story,” he said. “Only a few blocks from here at the old Hotel Hattiesburg where the first sound recorded was referred to as rock ’n’ roll. We know many musicians have come through here that have cultivated their talents within our city limits. So, we are glad to take our place as the premier destination for music in the state of Mississippi by hosting the celebration of Mississippi Musicians Day.”

Jay Dean, the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s acting director, said Hattiesburg is a perfect setting for the Mississippi Musicians Day.

“Mississippi has a long history of music,” he said. I don’t care what genre of music you are talking about, it exists in the state and it’s performed all over the state. I’m particularly happy that this event has finally come to Hattiesburg. Hattiesburg is a music city. We have two universities here awarding degrees to professional musicians and music educators for over 100 years.”

Barker said his first experience with Mississippi Musicians Day was as a legislator at the State Capitol. He said the event is open to everyone from amateur musicians to families with small children who simply love to play music and sing along together.

The event is widely supported by a variety of community partners, including VisitHATTIESBURG, Historic Downtown Hattiesburg, The Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music, Festival South and the Art Institute of Mississippi.

By being hosted in a premier city in the Gulf South, this event hopes to engage locals and visitors to take part in our local creative economy while celebrating our state’s musical heritage.

“Artistry and creativity drive the diversity and appeal of our Hattiesburg community,” said Marlo Dorsey, executive director of VisitHATTIESBURG. “Events like Mississippi Musicians Day give us a great platform to highlight and share our love for the arts. We invite people of all ages and backgrounds, both locals and visitors, to join us for this event to celebrate Mississippi’s great musical talents.”

Barker added, “If you love music and creating art, you want to be downtown on Saturday, March 7.”

The schedule of events includes a 10 a.m. start, with a ticketed finale performance featuring Vasti Jackson, John Wooton, the Yazoo City Blues Trio, Charianna and the Mississippi Musicians Day House Band at 7 p.m.

The events and activities before 7 p.m. are free to the general public. Tickets to the finale performance are $20, but students with a school ID can receive a free ticket at the door.

For more information, including the full agenda and tickets, visit hattiesburgms.com/msmusicday

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