OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - MayFest in downtown Ocean Springs is upon us. The music started at 10 Saturday morning and the event went on way into the wee hours of the morning with after parties.
Based on the event's growth in attendance and entertainment over the years the 8th Annual MayFest is considered an ideal spot for bands and music lovers.
The band Rico Song plays Latin and Salsa music under at tent at MayFest. They're just one of the many genres featured in the three-day festival.
Drawing thousands to downtown Ocean Springs MayFest organizers say Ocean Springs businesses collect the economic returns as festival attendees pack restaurants and retail outlets.
"Hopefully we can boost really good the local economy. We can generate some extra income so we can do more for our stores and people can invest more in their business and we can continue offering to all the tourists and the local community," said event organizer Arturo Barajas.
This year organizers invited top regional bands and even some national bands from as far away as Miami and Chicago and they're playing everything from Reggae and Jazz to Country.
For the bands playing on stage MayFest offers a spot light that gives them a larger fan base and more gigs.
"You get to get out and play for an eclectic group of people that might not come out and see you even when you're playing in over here Mississippi in one of those smaller clubs. It opens your fan base up and gets you on social media," said Sticky Wig band member Beau Blalock.
"I couldn't tell you a favorite band because they all sound good. I just couldn't give you a favorite," said attendee Scott Roberts.
In addition to the assortment of music, there's also a variety of food and vendors offering art, jewelry and clothing.
"The main feature of this festival is the music and the purpose of this is spreading culture," said Barajas.