Editor’s Notice: Thanks to the likelihood of rain Saturday, the location for the ‘Harmony in the Park’ audio festival has improved. The festival will now be upstairs at EPYK Function Venue found at 515 Primary St. in Natchez.
NATCHEZ — The “Harmony in the Park” new music competition is coming back again this Saturday following a two-calendar year hiatus.
Harmony in the Park was the brainchild of regional new music fanatic Jack Kelly, who established the event in 2019. Kelly took no credit rating for the festival’s return this 12 months.
She stated she is thrilled that it is occurring all over again many thanks to Greg Everhart, who has practical experience in the enjoyment small business from operating the Downtown Natchez music venue Locust Alley, and Natchez music producer KeJuane Hawkins.
“They’ve place this full issue jointly,” Kelly claimed. “I did not do just about anything but stir it up. … It’s like obtaining a baby that is grown up. It’s out there in the planet, it’s healthful and I believe it is going to make it.”
Kelly’s aspiration was to have a free music competition of diverse neighborhood performers to boost unity in the Natchez neighborhood in Jack Waite Park, a little concealed park that some do not understand is there.
“I prepared it out for good in advance of it at any time happened,” Kelly said, adding previous Mayor Darryl Grennell assisted her see it by.
“Darrel was the a person that said ‘I appreciate it. Let us do it,’” she explained. “We did not know what was going to transpire the to start with time. For the to start with hour or so we had been searching at every other contemplating ‘Where are all the men and women?’ But guaranteed sufficient, they began to appear. We finished up with a fantastic display.”
Kelly stated the festival was virtually not likely to transpire soon after two many years of not getting it because of COVID-19. Radio Zydeco had by now planned to conduct listed here but devoid of anybody to assistance orchestrate the competition Kelly explained she was shut to contacting them and canceling the complete matter. Even so, Everhart stepped in and managed to pull collectively a lineup of performers greater than the inaugural year in just eight weeks, she mentioned.
“It’s likely to go on for a longer time and start quicker,” she reported.
Because of to the likelihood of rain Saturday, the venue for the ‘Harmony in the Park’ songs competition has transformed.
The pageant will now be upstairs at EPYK Party Location located at 515 Most important St. in Natchez.
The audio starts off at 11 a.m. and lasts right until 6:30 p.m. showcasing YZ Ealey, the Alcorn Gospel Choir, Matt Willis Trio, Radio Zydeco, Hawkins and the N Rhythm band and the Kimble Funchess band.
The festivities will also consist of meals and artwork distributors and will be hosted by Alvin Shelby, a “local hero” who also entertains with piano tunes at The Kitchen, Everhart reported.
“The concept and almost everything for it was by now there,” Everhart mentioned. “I just set jointly a line-up and produced it take place. Contrary to other music situations I’ve completed exactly where we’d check out to pull in persons from out of town, this is an occasion for the folks of Natchez, so we tried to collect up persons from the location.”
Everhart claimed his hope is that men and women will demonstrate and enjoy a fantastic lineup of totally free music and “pay a very little consideration to the message” the competition attempts to express, that Natchez is one particular group.
“Music is normally a superior instrument to provide folks jointly,” he explained.