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Rain Or Shine, Festival Is On For Saturday

Bill “Howl-N-Mad” Perry

By David Howell

PINE VALLEY – A lengthy lineup of talented artists are locked and loaded for this week’s Pine Valley Music and Art Festival and organizer John Forysth has released the schedule for the day-long event.

            This action starts at 10 a.m. on dual stages as musicians from near and far perform while other artists showcase their work on the grounds of the old Pine Valley School.

            “This is a community building project,” Forysth reports. “We want to cross social and economic barriers where everyone can come out and just have fun.”

            Admission is free but donations will be accepted to help purchase a historical marker designating the community center as a Mississippi Landmark. A documentary crew will film the event, which will be held rain or shine. The planning committee for the event include Deb Freeman, JMan Art, Susannah Furr and Terry Rockette.

            Mickey Howley will emcee the Shade Tree Stage with the VanWinkles first to perform from 10 to 11 a.m. Zac Tollison will take it up to the noon hour, when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vicki Slater will speak on her campaign to unseat Republican Governor Phil Bryant.

            From noon to one Jared Spears is scheduled, with the Wineskins taking the stage from 1 to 2 p.m. Water Valley’s favorite band of brothers, the Zedikers will appear on the outdoor stage next, performing until 3 p.m. Next is Kevin Guyer, who will perform until 4 p.m., followed by an hour from Tanner Mills. At 5 p.m. Yoga/Throat singing is scheduled. Next at 6 p.m. is Weekend Nation for an hour until 7, with a drum circle scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m.

            Equally exciting is inside action on the Schoolhouse Stage with Calvin Hawkins as the indoor emcee. Hawkins will welcome Greg Johnson/Shaundi Wall at 10 a.m., followed by Rockette Studios from 11 a.m. until noon, when Robert Daniels will take the stage for an hour. At 1 p.m. Water Valley musicians Grant Thompson and Jacob King will take the stage. The music actions takes a brief break at 2 p.m., as Lt. Governor candidate Jelani Barr will address the crowd before Vinney Chaney performs for an hour from 2 to 3 p.m.

            Cadillac Funk will perform from 3 to 4 p.m., and the Jeff Todd Band with Bill “Howl-N-Mad” Perry will perform for an hour as one of the main events.

            David Vincent will perform from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the Sanders Chapel Youth Choir and Praise Group from 6 to 7 p.m. A jam session is scheduled during the final hour of action on the indoor stage.

            Sponsors include Yalo-busha Brewing Company, Yokna Bottoms Farm, Water Valley Arts Council, Bozarts Alliance, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Pine Valley Arts Council, Now Await Now, Grant Thompson, Mary McCachren, the Crawdad Hole, Tommy and Liz Reynolds and more. Children’s activities will be offered by Folson Fun Bounce and the Art Van.

            Food vendors include D&D House of Barbecue, Lezlie Simmons Pananis, LeMojo Bakery and the Ladies of the Pine Valley community. Upward of 70 artists have committed to display a multitude of works, both  inside the school and out in the yard.

            Artists Reiko Yamada and Yuki Isami will offer a sound experience, and attendees are invited to join them with or without music instruments at an experimental sound event at sunset and after dark.

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