By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – There’s more to the Fourth of July than food and fireworks. Towns across the region are hosting events to celebrate Independence Day. Here’s a list of events happening this weekend: • Two-day festivities: Oxford’s celebrations begin at 7 p.m. today at The Lyric Oxford with the Firecracker Bash, […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – It looks like Tupelo’s annual Fourth of July celebrations have found a new home in Fairpark. The 28th annual All-America City 4th of July Celebration has traditionally been held in Ballard Park, but last year the festivities moved down the road to Fairpark. It worked so well, the […]

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McCoy Butler, bartender at Fairpark Grill, laughs with customer Eric Crump during lunch on Thursday.

By Stephanie Rebman Daily Journal TUPELO – Waiting tables or bartending while waiting to catch a break in show business may sound cliche, but it’s working for McCoy Butler. Butler, 23, can be found behind the bar at Fairpark Grill or South most days, but he also is a model who is pursuing acting. Butler […]

By Chris Talbott AP Music Writer Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70. Womack’s publicist Sonya Kolowrat said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details. Womack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two […]

Tupelo's own Homemade Jamz Blues Band will open up for the Bobby Rush Band on Aug. 14 at Down on Main in Fairpark. (Courtesy)

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Bluegrass, the blues and rock ’n’ roll will rock Fairpark this summer at the Down on Main concert series. The free concerts are 6:30 p.m. the second Thursdays of July, August and September in front of City Hall. Bluegrass is celebrated at the July 10 concert, which will […]

Oxford-based band the Holy Ghost Electric Show released its debut album, “The Great American Holy Ghost Electric Show,” earlier this year. Listen to the band’s music at (Courtesy)

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s fitting that Holy Ghost Electric Show is performing at Tupelo’s 4th of July Celebration: The band makes purely American music. “There are folk rhythms and country attitudes, but there’s rock ‘n’ roll and noise rock influences,” said the band’s guitarist and lead singer, Cody Rogers. “America’s a […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal OXFORD – Aaron Hall is originally from Hattiesburg, lives in Oxford, but has a song all about Tupelo. His music is Mississippi music, soulful and relateable. Tupelo residents can find a lot to love in his new song “Tupelo Strong,” a song that highlights Tupelo favorites and mourns what was […]

The Four Seasons – Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen, left), Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza), Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young) and Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda) – perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the new movie “Jersey Boys." (AP Photo/Courtesy Warner Bros., Keith Bernstein)

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal I can’t help thinking something was lost in bringing the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” to the big screen. Having not seen the musical, I can’t be sure. But it’s an award-winning and long-running production, while the movie version loses its way a few times. It’s the story of the […]

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer NEW YORK – Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” has died. He was 98. […]