With eight days of live musical performances, panel discussions and film and music video screenings, Jackson Indie Music Week brings Mississippi artists and music enthusiasts to the capital city’s most well-known venues and hot spots.

This year’s festival kicked off at Lucky Town Brewing Co. on Jan. 13 and will end with a “Wrap Party” at Fondren’s Kundi Compound.

JIM Week 2019 hasn’t even come to a close, but creator Brad Franklin is pleased with the success this year’s festival has seen so far.

“Year four has exceeded our expectations,” said Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin, JIM Week creator. “We’re excited about our growth and we’re excited that entities like Jackson CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) and Visit Mississippi have come on board and realized that our Mississippi indie music scene is bringing folks into town to spend money in hotels, restaurants and retail spaces. We said in year one that we would push the narrative of Mississippi being the birthplace of America’s music and that’s what we’re doing. When I birthed this idea, this is the course I hoped it would take.”

Mississippi Today photojournalist Eric Shelton captured some of the highlights from JIM Week.

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Eric J. Shelton is a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018.

Sereena Henderson managed Mississippi Today’s social media and reported on Mississippi culture from August 2016 until June 2020. She was also a member of the engagement team and curated and delivered the daily newsletter. Sereena, a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a graduate of the Ole Miss School of Journalism and New Media.