Free Admission - General Seating
Mississippi is heralded as the “Birthplace of America’s Music”. This is primarily due to the blues and its effect on all genres of music in America. In celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial, Pearl River Community College presents a night of blues history and music blues musician Wes Lee, music educator/historian Dr. Mark Malone, and blues musician Vasti Jackson.
For musician Wes Lee and his nearly life-long expanse of generating music, he admits, “I didn’t choose to play the blues, the blues chose me.” Late night song writing, countless shows across the country, driving city to city, and a thousand empty bottles, all the while holding tightly to the realization that he is supposed to do this. “It’s almost like a calling,” Wes admits, “because there’s nothing inside your head that would say, ‘Yes, get on the road and do what you love’ because that’s not where the blues reside. Not in your head, but more like in your soul.” Wes plays over 200 dates a year and sets himself apart from others with his drive and personal connection. He is always looking to reach that one person in the next audience that makes the whole thing worth it because he know that what flows through him is alive and well within others.
Dr. Mark Malone is professor of music coordinates the music education degree program at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. Prior to joining the WCU faculty, Dr. Malone directed the choirs at Pearl River Community College for 21 years. In August 2012, Dr. Malone completed a stint as Curriculum Designer for the MS Art’s Commission’s NEA Mississippi Blues Grant Project. Centering on six units that include: Music, The Meaning of Blues, Cotton, Transportation, Politics/Civil Rights, and Media, the lesson plans geared to fourth-grade students. Malone’s latest work with the MS Arts Commission, entitled, “MS History Through the Arts: A Bicentennial Curriculum”, celebrates the two-hundredth anniversary of MS statehood with lesson plans for elementary, intermediate, and advanced students.
Grammy nominated world-renowned guitarist and vocalist, Mississippi living blues legend, Cultural ambassador, 2012 Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, and 2015 Albert King Lifetime Guitar Award recipient, Vasti Jackson is a powerful force in the world of music. With more than forty-three years as a professional musician, Vasti is known for sweat-drenched, sould-dripping live performances marked by some of the most stunning and innovative guitar playing today. Vasti’s stellar vocals, fiery guitar, and stage presence captures the triumph of the blues, and the joy of rhythm that is soul satisfying to all that are lucky enough to experience his music.
This official bicentennial project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority.
Admission is free and all seating is General Admission. This event is NOT part of the Premier Season and not covered by Season Tickets.
Tickets $25/$20 on sale August 28, 2017
With over 330,000 Facebook followers and fans around the world, Guy Penrod is one of the most in-demand touring artists in Christian music. His DVD, The Best of Guy Penrod is certified platinum by the RIAA. A vocal powerhouse, Penrod travels throughout the U.S. and abroad in addition to making multiple media appearances including radio’s “The Mike Huckabee Show”, RFD-TV’s top-rated “Larry’s Country Diner” and one of North America’s most popular Christian television programs “100 Huntley Street”. Additionally, Penrod host DayStar Television’s Emmy Award-winning “Gospel Music Showcase” program.
Known for his country styling, Penrod’s music has been applauded in the Gospel as well as country formats. He has appeared on “The Grand Ole Opry” and on numerous country recordings. His Hymns recordings (Gaither Music Group/Servant Records), debuted at #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel retail chart and became the top-selling southern Gospel album of 2012. In 2011, he became a Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee; and he was inducted alongside the Gaither Vocal Band into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
Check out this welcome video from Guy asking you to join him at PRCC!
Visit Guy Penrod at online at GuyPenrod.com.
Tickets are $25 on the floor and $20 in the balcony and will go on sale on August 28, 2017.
Tickets $25/$25 on sale September 26, 2017
Mystifier Mike Super has been hailed by critics as the "Dane Cook" of MAGIC! Criss Angel himself praised Mike on live network television in front of millions! Ellen DeGeneres brought Mike on her show to make her appearl from nothing but shadows.
Mike was named Entertainer of the Year for two years consecutively and as the winner of NBC's Phenomenon, Super is the ONLY magician in history to win a live magic competition on primetime network television. Mike was also a top 12 finalists on NBC's #1 rated summer series America's Got Talent.
Imagine mind blowing illusions combined with the hilarity of a headline comedian. Mike Super has taken the performance of magic to new, mainstream levels that will reach out and literally touch you. Mike's turned the magic show on its side and dumped it out into the audience. You become Mike's onstage assistant.
Enjoy this family friendly performance and join the journey of emotions from laughter, intrigue, danger, fear, wonder, anticipation, tears, and semtimentality that only Mike Super delivers
Tickets are $25 on the floor and $20 in the balcony and will go on sale on September 26, 2017
Tickets $15/$10 on sale October 25, 2017
The Southern Miss Wind Ensemble has a long tradition of excellence in the wind band arena. Under the direction of Dr. Catherine Rand, the Wind Ensemble at Southern Miss has reached a reputation of international acclaim.
The Wind Ensemble at Southern Miss is one of the premiere performing ensembles of the University. The organization presents numerous concerts throughout the academic calendar spanning a wide variety of styles from traditional to avant-garde. Performances since 1985 have included many Mississippi Bandmasters Association Conventions, Southern Instrumental Conductors Conferences, two regional College Band Directors National Association Conventions, two national College Band Directors National Association Conventions including the “Golden Anniversary” Convention held in Kansas City in 1991, and two Annual National Conventions of the American Bandmasters Association, the last of which was hosted by the ensemble.
Guest soloists with the ensemble have included such notable artist performers as Roger Bobo, James Thatcher, Brian Bowman, Stanley Drucker, Christian Lindberg, Allen Vizzutti, Joseph Alessi, and Steve Mead. The Wind Ensemble continues to set a standard among the finest groups of its type in the United States.