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Fourth of July concert helps out the Mississippi Sound

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Elizabeth Vowell – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Food and music are standard ingredients for most Fourth of July celebrations, but one group took it a step further and added education. 

People lining up on the front lawn of Gulfport's Chimney's restaurant were adding more to their Fourth celebration than just fireworks, thanks to the first annual Save Our Sound event.

Save Our Sound brought together local entertainers to do their part helping the coastal crisis. 

"It's just an awareness about what's happening, not only in the Gulf, but also in the Downtown Gulfport area or the Gulf Coast in general," said event organizer John Hosey Jr. of Green Earth Productions.

According to Hosey, the event started as an idea to show off local bands.  After talking with family, he said it turned into a grassroots movement to educate people and bring more attention to the Mississippi Sound.  Along with day long concerts, the event included art vendors, food, painting booths and even a chance to write troops overseas. 

Sponsor Garry Fitzhugh said it's important to participate in events like Save Our Sound.

"Obviously in the community you want to do everything that you can to support sound," said Fitzhugh who was running the Letters for Lyrics booth in which people could write letters to deployed soldiers in exchange for a free Zac Brown Band CD.   

While holiday spirits may be down in the shadow of the costal crisis, Hosey points out that it's all about making the best of every situation. 

"We can either look at it the way to where you are down or you can actually look for ways to make ourselves stronger as a community." 

Most of the proceeds from Sunday's event will go to two organizations; Save Our Sound and Recreational Fisheries Research Institute, which helps revitalize gulf fishing. 

Organizers said more Save Our Sound events and educational programs are in the works for the near future. 

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