A North Mississippi organization is making sure that their hometown of Independence is getting an injection of music and arts. It's not just the grownups that are getting involved, this is a program that is helping out the kids as well.
It's a Tate County town that carries a nickname sported on the front of the local country store and grill.
"Bucksnort…that's kind of a nickname for Independence, Mississippi," says volunteer Jaime Thompson.
This Saturday night in Bucksnort, at the Independence Conservatory, which is in the Old Mount Zion Baptist Church building, there will be a beautiful concert.
"Well this particular event we started four years ago, this is the fourth and it's called the Joyous Pianos Concert," says Thompson. "There are nine pianists. There are six women and three men and they will be playing. Sometimes we will have trios, sometimes quartets, and sometimes all sorts of combinations. It's going to be show tunes."
The money from Saturday night's concert goes to benefit the Independence Arts Conservatory Program, which serves students from Tate, Desoto, Panola and Marshall County.
"The arts conservancy gives opportunities for students in the literary and visual performing arts that they otherwise would not have," says Thompson.
Tickets are $15 at the door. The Joyous Pianos show starts at 7:00pm.