Music benefit held in Bay. St. Louis

By Jessica Bowman – email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - From benefit concerts to special events, they've come to play an important role in raising awareness and money for coast recovery from the oil spill. Sunday the Mockingbird café in Bay St. Louis hosted a benefit for the coast called the Gulf Roots Music.

Guitars were picked and drums were played as singers expressed their emotions for the love of the sound.

State Senator David Baria was a sponsor of the Gulf Roots Music Series and said this event really brings out the communities' support and passion for the coast.

State Sen. David Baria said, "Our communities up and down the Gulf Coast have almost a spiritual connection with the sound and the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond that this is all about promoting the health of that environment."

Drummer and event producer John Hozey said events like this bring families together while at the same time support the efforts of recovery.

"We felt there was a real need for live music to give people a reason to come out and enjoy the beautiful environment we have here on the coast, including our gulf water which we are actually supporting," said John Hozey.

Donations from the event will be given to charities that will make the coast line a cleaner place. But Hozey said, even without the money, the music is contributing to making the coast line healthier.

"Even if you write a song about the oil spill that's something that gets caught in peoples mind and makes them think about it. Even if its subconsciously it makes them move and realize what's going on and how they can be a part of the recovery, not thinking about what happened, but how they can be a part of the recovery," said Hozey.

Blue Earth Productions and Saving Our Sound sponsored the event.  The Gulf Roots Music Series will continue Monday at The Chimneys in Gulfport from 4p.m. Until 9p.m.

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