OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX)-They are Ocean Springs brothers with a passion for music and a love of "The Beatles".
Travis and Alex Scharr, along with several friends, have used their creativity and musical gifts to raise more than $60,000 to pay for the "music room" and recording studio at the Mary C. O'Keefe cultural center.
And the young men are busy preparing for their latest event: "An Evening with Lennon and McCartney".
Timeless melodies and familiar harmonies will again fill the auditorium at the Mary C. O'Keefe cultural center the two nights after Christmas. The Scharr brothers have launched another fund raising project aimed at helping local musicians find creative outlets.
They helped finance a recording studio that bears the family name.
"When we first got here there was just a room and it said "future music studio". And you look in the door and all the walls are crumbling and it was kind of hard to imagine it ever being finished. But the day is here," he said proudly.
The recording studio is now open to aspiring musicians and vocalists. The brothers will use it to record their upcoming show.
The Scharrs say additional funds they raise will be used to pay for more equipment in the studio; things like new microphones and recording software.
Along with supporting the studio, they're also pleased to help promote the Mary C.
"Anytime we see a lot of people in here we really get excited. Not just for us, but for the center as a whole because it exposes what's going on here not just with us but with everything happening in the building," says Alex Scharr.
Two talented brothers have been a big part of those happenings, playing the music they love while helping fund a music studio that will benefit future generations.
"Facilities like this allow and give opportunities to people who want to perform, or want to learn. It's a pretty nice thing to have around so I'd say take advantage of the resources available to you," said Travis Scharr.