Free concert to highlight traveling exhibit, celebrate roots music

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A variety of sounds will ring out at Ballard Park on Saturday during Oren Dunn City Museum’s first Front Porch Mini-Music Festival.
The free concert is meant to highlight the museum’s current traveling exhibit, “Rhythm & Roots: A Southern Music Tradition.”
“The exhibit has an audio guide, where people can listen to different genres of music and hear stories about how those traditions were started in the South,” said Rae Mathis, the museum’s operations outreach coordinator.
The exhibit from the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts showcases the history of bluegrass, country, blues, jazz, Cajun and gospel.
“We’ve pulled instruments from our collection to go with the exhibit,” Mathis said.
During the Front Porch Mini-Music Festival, admission to the museum and its ground will be free.
The concert will be 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday on the porch of the museum’s dogtrot house.
“David Gordon has a one-man band,” Mathis said. “He has a sweet voice, like Roy Orbison’s.”
Other performers will include the Partlow Drummers and the Tombigbee Dulcimer Guild.
“It’s all free, but we’ll accept donations,” Mathis said. “People just need to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and listen to the music.”

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Check it Out
What: Front Porch Mini-Music Festival
When: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Oren Dunn City Museum, Ballard Park, Tupelo
Tickets: Free, but donations will be appreciated
Info: (662) 841-6438

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