Oxford Rhythm Revival

June 19, 2010

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OXFORD, MISS--- The inaugural Oxford Rhythm Revival is showcasing diverse musical talents with sounds ranging from blues to bluegrass, country to rockabilly, and gospel to good-old rock and roll. This plethora of sound combines into one, ultimately creating the rising-popular and Grammy recognized musical genre of “Americana.” There’s no better location for such a soulful vibe than the Mississippi crossroads of Oxford, where the Delta blues merges with the rockabilly of the Hill Country. The festival will kick off Thursday night at the Lyric, and will pick back up on Saturday. Saturday's event will capture that small-town feel with community events such as music, art, and family activities throughout the day on the historic Square. The festivities will continue into the night as performing musicians take the stages of Taylor’s Pub, Two Stick, Rooster’s Blues House, and Proud Larry’s.

Come see Grammy-winner Jimbo Mathus intertwine blues, country, gospel and soul into his personal musical style that can rarely be imitated. Headliner, Memphis native, and rising star Valerie June will sing her songs recorded from Manhattan to Hungary back in the place where it all began. Taylor’s Pub cigar-box stage, compiled of multiple artists who will leave an audience stunned by their masterful play of homemade instruments, combines novelty and nostalgia to re-create the sounds of the blues foundation.

On June 19th, 2010 these musical acts, along with 40 regional artists, will raise roofs and spirits while simultaneously raising funds for the Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic. The OMMC is a private, non-profit, community based organization committed to providing compassionate, quality healthcare at no charge to uninsured working adults of Lafayette and Yalobusha counties. The inaugural festival is presented in cooperation with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and the Oxford Tourism Council. The annual festival, predicted to be the next Double Decker, will become OMMC’s sole fund raiser. One $25 ticket will grant unlimited access to the whole event, including the shows at each of the participating venues.

This festival is a rare and exciting opportunity for OMMC to raise awareness in the community, and can, in and of itself, become a healing tool for the bodies, minds and spirits of the community Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic serves. Come be a part of a starting tradition that will bring memorable music, unforgettable times, and abundant charity for years to come.

Tickets can be purchased on the event website www.oxfordrhythmrevival.com

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