Meridian Star

March 28, 2013

Kenny Wayne Shepherd set to headline 59Twenty Music Festival

By Terri Ferguson Smith / tsmith@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —      Acclaimed guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd will bring his blend of blues-rock to Meridian next month as part of the second annual 59Twenty Music Festival.

    “Called a blues prodigy for years, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has now vaulted to master, according to a review in the Boston Globe.

    The Young Professionals of Meridian is holding the music festival on April 13 in Singing Brakeman Park from 1:30 p.m until 11 p.m. This event benefits Care Lodge, a local domestic violence shelter.

    Shepherd, the headliner, will be preceded by Rosco Bandana, HanaLena, and Matthew Davidson Band. Other artists playing include Southern Drive, Gypsy Carnes, Terry Faust, and HalfSlack.

    "It's our second year doing this and what we tried to do us is wrap our lineup around,blues, country, rock and have a number of local artists," said Josh Waters, spokesman for YPM. "Kenny Wayne Sheperd is a big name and a great performer."

    The festival is something the organization works on year-round, Waters said.

    "It takes a big group of people to do this. We try really hard to get a lineup that appeals to a wide ranging age group," Waters said. "As we go forward and add multiple stages over the coming years, we hope to spread it out over all ages and genres of music."

    Waters said thanks is due to the community support and various sponsors who lent a hand last year and continue to do so this year.

    Tickets are currently on sale for $25 at the EMBDC office, Harry Mayer Clothiers, and Meridian Underground Music (MUM). Many YPM members also have tickets for sale. Tickets will be $30 at the gate. Tickets may also be purchased in advance online at www.59twenty.com.  YPM is also offering a military discount. Tickets purchased with a military I.D. will be $20. Children under 12 enter for free.

    Those interested in helping sponsor the event may contact Waters by email or call 601-527-5674.