All-day music festival in works for tornado relief

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Musicians of all genres are coming together in the coming week to help the city of Smithville.
A group of Corinthians have set up the Mississippi Music Madness Twister Relief Fund, which will raise money to rebuild Smithville following its deadly April tornado. The concert will be Saturday at the Crossroads Arena in Corinth.
“We’re gonna start at 10 a.m. and hopefully get out of there by midnight,” said Richard Pate, master of ceremonies for the concert.
The artists represent a host of music scenes in Northeast Mississippi.
Altared, Unity 4 and the Masters Quartet are a few of the gospel acts that will kick off the show.
Southern rockers such as Wide Open and Allison’s Rage will perform.
Also on the roster are country artists Brian Randle, Sean Austin and Amanda Montgomery, and outlaw country band Cody Riddle & the Modern Day Drifters.
Rock ’n’ rollers Crashing Broadway and Youth in Asia are also performing.
Roots-country band Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy is headlining.
“I think it’s going to be a good show,” Pate said.
If Pate and Co. have anything to do with it, it’ll be the first of many concerts.
“It’s something we’d like to do on an annual basis,” he said. “We’re hoping it can be something people can look forward to, sort of like Farm Aid.”
There is no set goal in mind for the concert.
“The artists are donating their time, effort and energy, and we are just hoping to raise as much money as possible,” Pate said.