By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
The Oxford Rhythm Revival is breathing a bit of life back into Lafayette County this weekend.
The music festival will rejuvenate the summer-weary music scene in Oxford, while also raising money for a good cause. It’s a win-win, says the team behind the festival: Daniel Morrow, creator of Music in the Hall; Yoknapatawpha Arts Council Executive Director Wayne Andrews; and Ferriday McClatchy, a board member for the Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic, which will receive all proceeds from the festival.
“We thought of a music festival, like a revival, that goes along with the spirit of the clinic,” Andrews said. “Daniel and I had the idea of sticking with Americana music, which covers Northeast Mississippi, the hill country and the Delta.”
The line-up reflects the diverse styles of Americana, from the blues to bluegrass.
The music begins at 5 p.m., followed by three stages of music starting at 7 p.m.
“We’ve staggered the sets, so someone can walk around and see different bands. Everything’s within a three-minute walking distance of each other,” Morrow said.
Headlining the three stages are Oxford roots-country band the Minor Adjustments at Soulshine, Memphis singer-songwriter Keith Sykes at Rooster’s and Holly Springs singer-songwriter Shannon McNally.
Also on the roster is West Point native Ruby Jane, a 16-year-old up-and-coming country artist, Jackson-based duo Wooden Finger and New Orleans singer-songwriter Lynn Drury.
At 7 p.m. at Soulshine is the Jingle Contest. Musicians can write jingles for any of the festival’s sponsors, and the winner gets $300.
The timing is no happenstance.
“We’re having it a couple of months after Double Decker, when there isn’t as much stuff going on and there aren’t as many students,” Morrow said.
This is the second year for the Oxford Rhythm Revival; last year the festival raised $10,000.
“It was a lot of fun last year,” Morrow said. “We had lots of people at every venue. We’re trying to do better than last year.”
Their edge over last year is an even better line-up, Andrews said.
“We’re bringing unique music that (audiences) may not have heard of, but is top level,” he said.
Oxford Rhythm Revival
– What: Music festival to benefit
Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic
– When: 5 p.m. Saturday
– Where: Downtown Oxford
– Cost: $20 all-venue pass
– Info: oxfordrhythmrevival.com
• 5 p.m. – Luke Fisher
• 5:30 p.m. – Jon Michael McLeod
• 6 p.m. – Gina Sexton
• 6:30 p.m. – Jim Barrett
• 7:30 p.m. – Lynn Drury
• 8:30 p.m. – Taylor Hildebrand
• 9:30 p.m. – James Hyland
• 10:30 p.m. – Shannon McNally
• 8:15 p.m. – Lindsay Fine
• 9:15 p.m. – Wooden Finger
• 10:30 p.m. – Keith Sykes
• 7 p.m. – Jingle Contest and Marlena
• 8 p.m. – Bill Perry Trio
• 9 p.m. – Ruby Jane
• 10:15 p.m. – Minor Adjustments
What is Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic?
– The clinic provides free heath care to working, uninsured adults of Lafayette and Yalobusha counties. Since 2004, the clinic has used a volunteer staff of doctors and nurses, and has its own fully-staffed pharmacy, said Ferriday McClatchy, a clinic board member. To learn more, visit oxfordmmc.org.