Marty Stuart sings state’s praises at Bicentennial Celebration North

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Marty Stuart

Country music star and Philadelphia native Marty Stuart will headline the Governor’s Concert at the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration North in Oxford on June 24.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Mac McAnally, who began singing and playing piano as a child at Belmont First Baptist Church, also will perform at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the Ole Miss campus.

“We Are Mississippi,” a salute to the state’s musical heritage conducted by Jay Dean, executive director of the Arts Institute of Mississippi, will kick off the concert at 6:30 p.m. Additional acts include 2016 Grammy nominee Vasti Jackson, Steve Azar, Shannon McNally,  the Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi, 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest winner David Lee, the Mississippi Bicentennial Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Bicentennial Singers.

Tickets are free but must be reserved at www.visitmississippi.org/200. Limit is two per customer.

Bicentennial Celebration North begins Friday, June 23, with a live taping of Thacker Mountain Radio in the Grove on campus at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at Swayze Field.

Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration events are also planned for Jackson on Dec. 9 during the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Bicentennial Celebration South was held in Gulfport March 31-April 1.