TUPELO – What started as a happy accident has grown into a planned week full of art, performances and events.
Art Rocks Tupelo was started last year after the major Tupelo arts organizations all scheduled performances, productions and shows the week after spring break. Rather than compete for audiences, the organizations teamed up under the Art Rocks umbrella and encouraged patrons to see the best art Tupelo had to offer in one weekend.
This year, Art Rocks Tupelo is more planned, with all the major arts organizations staging productions for March 18-22, and other arts organizations hosting smaller events and shows to take place during the week.
The anchor events happening that weekend are Tupelo Community Theatre’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Tupelo Ballet’s “Les Sylphides,” Tupelo Concert Association’s John Berry show and a performance by the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, including guest artists Allison Eldredge and Natasha Korsakova.
Other weekend events include the Elton John concert at BancorpSouth Arena, a West of Shake Rag comedy show, a screening of the documentary “Muscle Shoals,” art exhibits and receptions, the Craft Beer Festival and more.
“Last year, if you wanted to see everything in town you’d have to stay a few days in town,” said Melanie Deas, Link Centre executive director and an Art Rocks coordinator. “This year, you’ll have to stay five days and you’ll probably have to choose. How great is that?”
Tickets for the four major events are on sale and there are discounted ticket packages available at the Art Rocks website.
Art Rocks organizers already have selected the Art Rocks weekend for next year and hope it grows.
“It’s great to see a city the size of Tupelo with this much art going on,” Deas said.