Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars started playing music together in West African refugee camps while their homeland was racked by years of bloody warfare. Since then, in electrifying live performances and recording experience with the likes of Aerosmith and Mavis Staples, the All Stars have been “establishing an identity based as much on skill, imagination and charisma as on their undeniably touching story” (The Los Angeles Times).
This spring, on the heels of their new album, Rise & Shine (Cumbancha, March 23), the group will perform in Oxford at Proud Larry’s on Monday, May 3. (April 30, 2010)
Due to the threat of severe weather from morning to mid-day Saturday, the Double Decker Arts Festival’s music lineup is being split into two days, with most local acts appearing Sunday afternoon. All bands will be performing on the North Stage.
(more…) (April 22, 2010)
OXFORD TOWN – Comprised of both the symphonic band and followed by the wind ensemble, The Pride of the South Ole Miss band will hold its annual benefit concert at the Gertrude C. Ford Center on Tuesday, April 27. Admission is free, but the band continues to accept donations to its scholarship endowment. (April 22, 2010, Page 5)
RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER (click for updates) — The 15th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival is set for Saturday on the Oxford Square. Featuring the works of more than 100 artists selected by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council; a host of food vendors including local restaurants and organizations; a children’s Square Fair; and a full day’s music lineup on two stages, headlined by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
(more…) (April 20, 2010)
Oxford Medical Ministries serves the LOU community by offering free medical care to the working uninsured.
Now the clinic is asking the same community for its help.
The medical clinic will be holding its first fundraising event in June to help supplement shrinking governmental grants. (April 16, 2010, Page 1A)
MUSIC MATTERS – Oxford Town columnist Alexander McAdams delves into the playlists of some of her Ole Miss friends and acquaintances at some local patios, balconies and porches and finds a few surprises along the way. Check out Music Matters in this issue of Oxford Town to see what songs you may need to add to your play list — or not. (April 8, 2010, Page 8)
Memphis-based musician and singer-songwriter Grace Askew descends upon Oxford Friday, April 9, with nothing but her guitars and a set list. The sultry folk singer is set to play an all-acoustic, happy hour set at Parrish’s. (April 8, 2010, Page 11)
Bryan Ledford and his latest band Horse Trailer blaze into Oxford tonight (Thursday, April 1) for appearances at Thacker Mountain Radio and later at Two Stick Sushi Bar. Oxford Town reporter Rachel Batten has all of your Horse Trailer needs covered in this week’s issue. (April 1, 2010, Page 9)
OXFORD TOWN – Local attorney and musician Rosamond Posey and The Posey Family Band will be rocking at Proud Larry’s on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 for the next two weeks where crawfish and rock ‘n’ roll will rule the night. Business suits, cowboy boots and center stages – Posey is, without a doubt, one of the hardest working (and playing) women in Oxford. See Page 9 of Oxford Town this week and read how the multi-talented lawyer pulls off the ultimate juggling act. (March 25, 2010, Page 9)
OXFORD TOWN – On the road to Washington, D.C., Oxford Town columnist Alexander McAdams and her friend Willow amp up their Mazda “Zipcar” with their iPod, which sets them on the road to reminiscence. Music indeed matters in that state of mind and lyrics become all-important as the girls ponder these: “I can’t tell you what I learned in school, but I could tell a story or two.” (March 18, 2010, Page 8)