An Event to Preserve Chalmers Institute, Mississippi’s Oldest Chartered University
September 20th, 2014
6 pm-10 pm
The grounds of Chalmers will come alive with a host of artists, authors, musicians and historians who have donated their appearances for the evening. The Ball will not only highlight regional cultural treasures, but also provide dinner and beverages and a silent auction featuring regional art!
Shannon McNally got her first guitar and JJ Cale album at the age of 12 and never looked back. Combined with the classic rock she grew up listening to – The Allman Brothers, Dr. John and Hendrix – it’s the musical center of gravity she brought to her 2002 Capitol Records debut Jukebox Sparrow gaining notice from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Leno and Letterman. This decidedly rare approach for a woman drew the same accolades for indie-based Geronimo, helmed by Charlie Sexton. Now, Shannon, along with New Orleans musical legend Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack have made a new LP to try and shine a spotlight on the work of Bobby Charles. Charles wrote such instantly recognizable hits as “See You Later Alligator,” “Walking to New Orleans” and “But I Do,” but the reclusive singer/songwriter, who passed away in 2010, is relatively unknown for his own recordings. Small Town Talk is an album of songs by the great but under-appreciated American songwriter, which features guest performances by Derek Trucks, Will Sexton, Luther Dickinson, and Vince Gill.
Willy Bearden is from Rolling Fork, Mississippi, in the Deep Delta. He is a writer and filmmaker who has written a couple of books including “Cotton, From Southern Fields to the Memphis Market,” “Memphis Blues, Birthplace of a Music Tradition,” and “Overton Park.” Bearden as also written and produced documentaries for public television, done films for the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, the Cotton Museum, The Memphis Wonders Series, and the Tunica River Park as well as writing a producing his first feature film “One Came Home” which was released in the summer of 2012. He is a founding member of the Delta Symposium at the University of Memphis and plays in two bands, the Earnestine & Hazel’s Band and the Grayhounds.
Couple Advance Tickets: $75 ($100 at the door)
* Chalmers Institute still stands at the same location (151 S. W. Boundary Rd.) as one of the city’s oldest buildings and as one of the state’s most endangered yet historically significant structures. Preserve Marshall County and Holly Springs, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, works toward the stabilization and renovation of Chalmers Institute as part of the mission to protect the historic resources and cultural legacy of the county and city.
For more information call The Marshall County Historical Museum at (662) 252-3669.