GRAMMY Award winning band, and Mississippi natives The Band Perry will be coming home to kick off the Governor’s Concert for the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration South.
The Band Perry will lead the lineup on April 1 at the Centennial Plaza in Gulfport.
“We are honored to celebrate the 200th anniversary of statehood with world-renowned mucisians who make Mississippi’s music known around the globe,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “With blues, gospel, rock ‘n’ roll and country music from our greatest songwriters and performers, this concert represents all Mississippians.”
Also featured are GRAMMY nominee Vasti Jackson, recording artist Paul Thorn and Jaimoe’s Jassz Band, featuring Gulfport native and Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe Johnson.
The Governor’s Concert will start off with “We Are Mississippi,” an orchestral salute to the state’s musical heritage conducted by Dr. Jay Dean, Executive Director of the Arts Institute of Mississippi.
The Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi, 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest winner David Lee, and the Mississippi Bicentennial Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Bicentennial Singers and the 200-voice Mississippi Bicentennial Chorus.
The concert will be a free, ticketed event. You must reserve tickets online at www.visitmississippi.org/200 for each day you want to attend. Visitors are limited to six tickets each.
Other events for the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration are planned for the north and central regions of the state. Oxford will celebrate on June 22 and Jackson on Dec. 9 during the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
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