GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A trio of Mississippi natives will headline the Governor's Concert at the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration South. Gov. Phil Bryant's office just announced The Band Perry will be the headlining act for the celebration.
The Grammy Award winning country music group is made up of siblings Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry. They are natives of Ridgeland, MS.
"We are honored to celebrate the 200th anniversary of statehood with world-renowned musicians who make Mississippi's music known around the globe," said Bryant. "With blues, gospel, rock 'n' roll and country music from our greatest songwriters and performers, this concert represents all Mississippians."
Bryant said the Governor's Concert will kick off with an orchestral salute to the state's heritage, "We Are Mississippi." The April 1 concert lineup also includes Grammy nominee Vasti Jackson, Paul Thorn, and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, featuring Gulfport native and Allman Brother's Band drummer Jaimoe Johnson.
"The City of Gulfport is excited to host this incredible event with talent from around Mississippi and our own hometown hero, Jaimoe Johnson," said Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes.
Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration South will be held at Gulfport's Centennial Plaza on March 31 and April 1. It will be the first of three free events held across the state to celebrate Mississippi's 200th birthday.
Officials are billing the celebration, which will feature live music, art, and food, as the party of the century. The event is free, but attendees must reserve tickets online: 200.visitmississippi.org