Ridgeland, Mississippi is pulling out all the stops for its Art, Ride and Wine Weekend on April 18-19, 2015! You won’t want to miss out on Ridgeland’s most elevated art forms this April… From the various media on display at the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, to an international showcase of the world’s premier wine at the Santé South Wine Festival, to discovering Ridgeland (the city better known as “The Art of It All”), behind a bicycle in the Ridgeland OBO ride, there’s something for everyone.
Among the many forms of local and international art and culture to sample, you’ll be treated to the sounds of music! That’s right… you’ll find live entertainment all weekend at RFAF, and there are plenty of great musical acts to check out. You can find the full festival music list here, but read a bit below for some highlights:
On Saturday, April 18, there will be music in the air from 10:00 am – 6:30 pm! Throughout the day, here’s some of what you can look (or listen) forward to. For starters, what do you get when you mix equal parts soul, funk, jazz, reggae, and blues infused with full-out energy? You get Chris Gill – just the sounds you need to kick off this festival right!
A little later in the day, Young Valley will treat you to some homegrown Mississippi magic. Their brand of Alternative Country and Indie harmonies have been taking the region by storm.
Finally, get your dancing shoes on for the type of booming brass band thunder that only comes with the legendary Southern Komfort Brass Band. If you aren’t movin’ when they come on at 5:00 pm, you will be by 5:01!
Now, if you happen to be in the mood for something a little more relaxing, stop by the Unplugged Stage (see the festival map here). At 10:00 am, local Latin-Jazz favorite Denny Burkes will get the day going with a little funk-infused jam you just can’t hear anywhere else.
On Sunday, April 19th, the tempo won’t slow down. Once again you’ll be treated to nonstop music all day long! Come over after lunch in Ridgeland to hear the youngest rock group you’ve ever seen. What’s this? At 1:00 pm, bring the family to hear the music of the Fondren Guitars Student Rock Band. These youngsters have been studying hard to learn the scales, and are just plain good!
Once mid-afternoon rolls around, line up the hear country-rock hits of Southern Halo. These three sisters from Cleveland, Mississippi have been making music for years. Now that’s family talent! Don’t miss them when they play at the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival.
Closing out the festival will be two more great bands from the Mississippi area. First, you’ll hear jazz-funk from the Vibe Doctors. This Jackson, Mississippi band is unique not only in their rhythm, but in their use of the Vibraphone. Haven’t heard of that instrument before? That’s all the more reason to come see the Vibe Doctors on Sunday!
Finally, you’ll be treated to the cool, bluesy sounds of the Nellie Mack Project. Fronted by a Mississippi native who has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Mancini, Ellis Marsalis, and more big names, this is a show not to miss. Enjoy these smooth beats as the festival wraps up on Sunday at 5:00 pm.
So if you’ve been wondering where you can find a little music to go with all of your excitement to be had during Ridgeland’s Art, Wine, and Ride Weekend, now you know! Take advantage of these acts playing for your sonic pleasure on April 18-19 at the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival held at the Renaissance at Colony Park.
For more information or to find special lodging packages, go to ridgelandartsfest.com or give us a call at 800.468.6078.