Joe MacGown artwork at the
Mississippi's Best Grassroots Concert-Music and art show, Lee Hall, Mississippi State, MS, 10 February 2009

I was fortunate enough to be one of the 10 artists displaying representative pieces of art at the third annual Mississippi's Best Grassroots Concert. The event was held in historic Lee Hall on the Mississippi State Campus from 6-9 on 10 February 2009. The first hour was devoted to viewing artwork, which was placed in the lobby area. Artists included Brad Coleman (sculpture), Drew Divibliss (painting), A.J. Meadows (sculpture), Dylan Karges (pastels and ceramics), Linda Cambre (pastels), Brian Earwood (painting), Katherine Holmes (photography), Cindy Villovaso (painted gourds), Patrick Tranum (outdoor sculpture) and myself-Joe MacGown (ink and mixed media).

The art exhibition was followed by some wonderful music featuring some of the best musicians from North Mississippi. The headliner and co-emcee was Paul Thorn, a talented singer/songwriter from Tupelo who has achieved national acclaim with his music. Paul also does some crazy artwork-check it out! Other bands included Nash Street, a young and energetic blue grass band; the Doss Family, a gospel group; Eden Brent, a jazz/blues type singer/piano player; and Kent Burnside and the New Generation, a blues band.

The entire evening was a wonderful success with both the lower levels of the auditorium and the balcony filled. My art was set up right beside the doorway leading to the auditorium and near the center of the lobby as one walked in from the main entrance; consequently, I had a steady stream of people viewing my art. I also got to meet the various musicians both before and after the concert, which was great fun.

Me standing in front of some of my art

Folks checking it out

An early shot of the lobby.

The lobby became quite crowded!

Wanda LIsa Doss, of the Doss Family gospel band, with me. She could belt out the songs!

Paul Thorn and I, after the show. Paul gave an awesome performance and was very funny as well.