Jimmie Rodgers Foundation Announces Summer Events

This appaered on WTOK.com - June 1, 2010

The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation Tuesday announced summer activities that will spotlight country and Gospel music.

The biggest news is country legend Merle Haggard will join Philadelphia native Marty Stuart for a concert July 25, 2010 at the MSU Riley Center.

It comes during an exhibit of Sparkle and Twang, Stuart's collection of authentic country music memorabilia, July 10 - September 18, 2010 at the Riley Center.

The foundation says it's an appropriate showcase for Meridian.

"This is a cooperative effort of our community, with many entities working together for our community to bring good entertainment and to focus on our heritage, our musical heritage," said foundation president Betty Lou Jones. "And the fact that Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music is from Meridian, which makes Meridian the birthplace of America's music."

Sparkle & Twang, Marty Stuart's American Musical Odyssey
MSU Riley Center, Meridian
July 10 - September 18, 2010
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday noon - 4 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for all students (K-college)

Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart Concert
Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
MSU Riley Center, Meridian
Tickets: $69 and $63
On sale Wednesday, June 2, 2010 by calling or visiting MSU Riley Center Box Office, 2200 5th Street, Meridian, MS 39301

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