The Front Porch Jubilee is a non-profit event created to raise money to renovate the Historic Von Theater in Hernando, Mississippi. In conjunction with the Jubilee is the creation of the Mississippi Hill Country Music Hall of Fame. Elvis Presley often played the Von Theater in his younger years as well as others such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Eddie Bond. Later, a young Kenny Brown also played the Von Theater. Kenny, along with the North Mississippi Allstars, Jerry Lee Lewis and the late Gus Cannon made up the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame. The Jubilee itself is held on the grounds of the Clifton Gin in Hernando, where the Mississippi Blues Trail Marker “Beale Town Bound” has been placed in honor of area musicians who have made notable contributions to the culture and fabric of our American experience.
From the earliest days of Gus Cannon's jug band, Hernando has been a conduit between hill country music, delta blues music and Beale Street. From the ancient sound of the fife, the homespun notes of the jug, the clang of irons from a Johnny Cash song, mass gospel choirs and rockabilly pounding piano, to the distinct rhythmic drone of the electric guitar that has spun a whole new genre of blues driven rock music, the Jubilee, and the newly established Hill Country Music Hall of Fame, will celebrate the rich cultural history of Mississippi hill country music. We invite you to share in this experience, to have a good time, and to help preserve and advance one of America’s great institutions.
The Water Tower Festival will take place Friday, Oct 7, 2016 - Saturday, Oct 8, 2016, Fri 7:00pm-10:00pm & Sat 10:00am-4:00pm in Hernando Courthouse Square, 2535 Hwy 51 S. - Bring the family for two days of fun-filled activities and music. This free event begins Friday as the BBQ team's fire up their grills for the annual competition. The Water Tower Festival this year will be held in conjunction with the Front Porch Jubilee.
On Saturday, enjoy a 10K Run at 8am and 1-mile fun run, arts and crafts, vintage car show, kid’s games and a mix of gospel, oldies and rock music on the square all day.
For more information, visit www.hernandoms.org or call 662-429-9055.