Meridian Star

January 19, 2014

59Twenty Music Festival line up announced

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The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     The Marshall Tucker Band will headline this year's 59Twenty Music Festival

    The third annual music fest will be held March 29, on the front lawn of city hall in downtown Meridian.

    "This year's 59Twenty Music Festival is sure to cater to a wide range of musical tastes," YPM President Meredith Rea said.

    The 59Twenty Music Festival was started in 2011 by the Young Professionals of Meridian (YPM) as a fundraiser to support the Care Lodge, a local domestic violence shelter serving a nine county area in East Mississippi. This year, the festival will feature four bands on the main stage, as well as local artists performing on a second stage between acts.

    Headliners The Marshall Tucker Band is a six-man group that has been touring the nation since the early '70s, still led by founding member Doug Gray. They play songs that have stood the test of time, and that every generation is sure to recognize, like "Can't you See," "Fire On the Mountain," and "Heard It In a Love Song."

    Hitting the main stage, prior to the Marshall Tucker Band, will be the return of Rosco Bandana.

     "The band was such a huge hit last year that our committee decided we had to try and bring them back. I think every person that attended left there a Rosco Bandana's fan," Rea said.

    Also playing on the main stage will be Nelo and Surviving Allison. Nelo, an alternative rock band from Dallas, Texas, was formed in 2005 and has played at venues such as Austin's SXSW Music Conference and Austin City Limits Festival. Surviving Allison is a high energy, pop-rock band from North Mississippi. In 2012, they participated in five battle of the band contests and won all five.  

    Organizers note that the 59Twenty Music Festival is a family-friendly event. Children 12 and under enter for free.

    "There will be plenty of food, drink and entertainment for everyone to enjoy," Rea said.

    The Young Professionals of Meridian are a part of the East Mississippi Development Foundation, a non-profit organization. Their mission is to provide a proactive and collective voice for young professionals through social interaction and community involvement. More information can be found at

Want to go?

What: 59Twenty Music Festival

When: March 29, from 1 p.m.-11 p.m.

Where: Front lawn of city hall, in downtown Meridian.

Tickets: $20, advance; $30, at the gate. Tickets can be purchased locally at Harry Mayer Clothiers, Meridian Underground Music and the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. Online tickets are available at or

Information: Call (601) 693-1306. Up to date information can be found on the 59Twenty Music Festival Facebook and Twitter pages.