Festival Funds Recording Studio For Ocean Springs Musicians

Sounds of Rock and Roll fill Marshall Park. Soon, those tunes will echo at the Mary C O'Keefe center, where local musicians are creating a recording studio of their own.

"There's really not a place in town where you can just have at it for low cost, just for the music. It's not a business, you can just be creative, don't have to worry about making anyone happy," musician Daniel Lurraine said.

Fans tapped their toes and clapped their hands to support the cause, making donations to a studio that could help upcoming artists launch their careers.

"You can record what you have, so you can have it forever. Even if you're not trying to be a music star or anything; it's nice if you have a song you wrote and you want to give it to somebody or just for fun," festival organizer & musician Travis Scharr said.

And recording music can be pricy. The average cost to rent a studio is about $100. But when this center opens in a few weeks, aspiring artists will only pay about $25.

Lurraine knows first hand that the need is great in Ocean Springs.

"A lot of high school musicians, a lot of college musicians, you need all the help you can get. Stick to making rock & roll; you don't have to fry burgers or any of that," Lurraine said.

Lurraine hopes the studio will help others follow their dreams.

"Music is fulfilling. It's why you get up in the morning. It's what you can't wait to do the next day when you hit the bed at night. It's a way of life," Lurraine said.

If his youngest fan is any sign, it looks like a recording studio will be in high demand for years to come.

The recording room should be open by the end of the summer.