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Mississippi Music Festival Plans Comeback

JACKSON, MS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After failing to take place for the first time in its 20 year history in 2006, Jackson, Mississippi’s Jubliee!JAM is “100 percent sure” to resume in 2007, according to board president John Lawrence.

The 2007 dates have already been selected, June 15-16, and preliminary talks with performers are underway, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

Jubilee!JAM was scheduled to celebrate its 20th anniversary last spring, but was postponed, then later cancelled, due to financial strain in the past few years, and partly due to Hurricane Katrina which destroyed the Gulf Coast only months before.

Lawrence told the paper that the foundation’s new partnership with TCB Entertainment of Memphis should help JAM “once again become the big-time celebration on Capitol Street that it’s known for.”

TCB “is heavy in the concert promotion industry,” Lawrence said. “They have a great deal of experience with fairs and festivals, and we think it’s a really good fit for us.”

More than two-thirds of the needed funding has already been secured for 2007, and with a number of sponsors ready to sign on, it appears that the festival will go on without a hitch.

Past performers at Jubliee!JAM include Bob Dylan, Switchfoot, Willie Nelson, David Banner, Train, James Brown and Widespread Panic. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers