By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Tupelo will get NOLA-fied this weekend for the first-ever NOleput festival.
The free, one-day street festival is 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Tupelo, near the Gardner-Watson Ice House/Silver Moon Club. The event is a revival of the former Oleput Festival, but with a New Orleans theme.
“We want everybody to bring their chairs and a little cash, because we’ve got lots of great food. We’ll have a limited number of NOleput inaugural shirts and Cajun food, like boudin on a stick, crawfish etouffee and crawfish with all the sides,” said Melonie Kight, a NOleput organizer.
Romie’s Grocery will do the cooking, and it’s $15 for two pounds of crawfish, potatoes and corn. There will be two stages of music outside and music inside the Silver Moon Club with a VIP pass.
Performing on the Spring Street Stage are Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy, Hobo Hippie, Holy Ghost Electric Show, Fore Front, Bonfire Orchestra and Twenty Mile. Performing on the Broadway Street Stage are Brian Randle & Southern Justice, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Mink Brothers, Secret Hair and Feedback.
Portions of Clark and Broadway Streets will be closed off around the festival site, and it may be difficult to navigate down parts of Spring Street, as the Color Vibe run will course through Spring, and bands will be loading and unloading gear on the street, Kight said.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said. “We’re doing it on a small scale to see what we can do to make it grow, and we plan on doing it next year.”
For a full music schedule and information, search for NOleput on Facebook.