FONDREN, MS (WLBT) - Jackson’s Indie Music festival is still underway in the Capital City. The week long event celebrates central Mississippi’s independent music scene. Over 70 artists will be performing this week at over 45 venues throughout the city. Everything from hip hop to blue grass will be represented.
Salar Almakky and Hayden Boyd are members of the band Newscast. They are closing the festival Sunday night.
Almakky’s mother is from Pakistan and his father is Italian. He moved to Jackson from Connecticut while he was in high school which is where he met Boyd.
“A lot of very important music in American history has kind of been cemented through the south in Mississippi music,” he said.
Garrad Lee founded the festival four years ago to provide a platform for new artists.
“People from all different genres said let’s do something cool for the city that can involve the whole city, every part of the city and every musician that wants to be apart of it. Really just boost up Jackson and Mississippi,” Lee said.
Thursday was songwriters night at Sneaky Beans. Eric Woods was first up to play.
“I always kinda wanted to get into the musical world. Never wanted to be the guitar hero, never wanted to be the guy that got up there and belted the big notes and things like that. It was always the stories that drew me. And so I naturally gravitated towards songwriting,” he said.
Woods said there is so much talent in the state and more and more is coming out every year.
“Today you have artists like 3 Doors Down that came out a couple of decades ago, people like Big Krit from Meridian who are really representing the state well,” continued Woods.