06/29/06 Page 3 way entertain

Hed: Underground bands bound for Link Centre

Read-in: Saturday’s show features groups from outside the MTV and radio mainstream.

Courtesy art

The show at Tupelo’s Link Centre will start at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10. For information, check www.wayentertainment.tk or go to www.myspace.com/wayentertainment.

BY M. SCOTT MORRIS

Scene

TUPELO A pack of underground rockers are bringing their unique musical styles to the Link Centre on Saturday.

As Cities Burn will headline the event, and promoter Chris Anderson described the group’s sound as “a new brand of rock and metal that’s very melodic and very heart-felt.”

Maylene & the Sons of Disaster, who hail from Birmingham, Ala., will deliver Southern-infused rock n’ roll, while Jonezetta and Lorene Drive will round out the bill.

“These are bands you won’t hear on the radio, even though they may sell thousands of CDs,” Anderson said. “People may not think they like this kind of music, but once they try it a lot of them enjoy it.”

The owner and founder of Way Entertainment, Anderson considers it a mission to introduce underground music to as many people as possible.

“We like it so much and we want to share it with other people,” he said. “It’s not about what dress you wear, the shirt you wear or your hairstyle. It’s all about trying something different from the mainstream culture.”

The 21-year-old added that he wants parents to feel comfortable about letting their kids hang out at his shows.

“We’ve got security, and there’s no alcohol or anything,” he said. “It’s just people having a good time.”

Spreading the music

Anderson is completing his associate’s degree in commercial music at Northeast Mississippi Community College, and plans to attend the University of North Alabama in the fall to get a bachelor’s degree.

He’s been promoting shows for about three years. It began when he was a member of the band fourtoomany.

“We were looking for places to play, anything with four walls,” he said.

Venues ranged from his house to the Rockwell Center. He’s made money on some shows and lost money on others.

“The good shows help pay the debts from the bad shows, and I put money back for the future,” he said.

A pair of friends, Cory Taylor Cox and Drew Stanford, help Anderson in his bid to connect audiences with bands that operate outside the MTV mainstream.

“We want to get this music out to people,” Anderson said.