OXFORD: Gertrude C. Ford Center w/Concert at Mississippi Bicentennial North

Governor’s Concert at Mississippi Bicentennial North Returns Indoors


Due to the threat of inclement weather from Tropical Storm Cindy, the Governor’s Concert at the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration North on Saturday, June 24 will return to its original indoors location, the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi.

“Safety is our priority,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “The decision to move the concert indoors to the Ford Center will allow us to celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial in north Mississippi as planned, despite the rainy forecast.”

Tickets originally issued for the Bicentennial Celebration North Governor’s Concert will not be valid at the June 24 event. Through email notification, original ticket holders will have a 24-hour advance window to claim new tickets, from noon today, to noon Thursday, June 22.  After that window, any remaining tickets will be available to the general public at no cost through www.visitmississippi.org/200.

Country and Americana legend Marty Stuart will headline the Governor’s Concert, appearing along with hit singer-songwriter Mac McAnally, Mississippi’s Music and Culture Ambassador Steve Azar and Shannon McNally.

“We Are Mississippi,” a salute to the state’s musical heritage conducted by Dr. Jay Dean, executive director of the Arts Institute of Mississippi, will lead festivities at 6:30 p.m. The showcase includes Vasti Jackson, the Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi, 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest winner David Lee, the Mississippi Bicentennial Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Bicentennial Singers.

Doors at the Ford Center will open at 6 p.m. on June 24, and the Governor’s Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Other events during the Bicentennial Celebration North are also affected by the expected weather. Thacker Mountain Radio Show’s live taping at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23 will move to the Lyric Theater, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, followed by the Mississippi Soul Singer Tribute Concert with Damein Wash. Events scheduled for Sunday, June 25, in the Grove are cancelled, but Blackwater Trio will perform at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center in Oxford at 5 p.m. with food trucks on site.

Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration events also are planned for Jackson on Dec. 9 during the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. 

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