Convention Center Hosting Vicksburg’s First Arts and Music Festival – The Vicksburg Post

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The Vicksburg Convention Center brings art and music to Vicksburg on May 21 with the first Vicksburg Arts and Music Festival at the Convention Center on Dr. Briggs Hopson Boulevard.

There is no fee to attend the festival, which is funded by $13,300 in American Recovery Plan Act funds approved Tuesday by the Vicksburg Council of Mayor and Aldermen.

The festival begins at 2 p.m. with DJ J Lee and the opening of children’s activities, which will be open until 6 p.m. The festival will feature artists and artisans displaying their work, including a performance by Vicksburg native Tony Davenport, who will take to the stage and paint in front of an audience starting at 2:30 p.m.

Davenport also coordinates artists’ spotlights and works with artisans from across the state to come exhibit and promote their individual styles.

The City of Vicksburg coach will be available to transport festival attendees, VCC Executive Director Erin Southard said.

There will be a pop-up shop with a variety of vendors and a visual arts exhibit featuring regional artists displaying and selling their art.

In addition to DJ J Lee, the festival will feature live performances from 4:30 p.m. by the following musicians:

• Jabo the Texas Prince of Zydeco from Houston, Texas.

• Local musician Glynn Fought will perform some of his original music at 5:30pm.

• Vickie Baker the Soul Diva of Vicksburg at 6 p.m.

• Hairicane will perform 80s favorites from 7:30 p.m.

• Headliner and blues artist Jeff Floyd will take the stage and close the evening at 9:00 pm.

On-site food vendors at the festival include Doe’s Eat Place, Dontae’s Kitchen, and Seazand Dreams.

For more information, call the VCC office at 601-630-2929 or email [email protected] for more information.

About John Surratt

John Surratt graduated from Louisiana State University with a General Studies degree. He worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been on staff at the Vicksburg Post since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul’s Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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