Explore Meridian, Mississippi's Music Scene

By Kim Madlom on April 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm EST
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Live music is always in the air in Meridian.

A visit to the Meridian Underground Music Exchange – MUM for short – in downtown Meridian offers customers the chance to purchase CDs and musical instruments and perhaps catch some live musicians playing original acoustic works inside the store.

"We don't limit any genre," says Adam Wade, MUM manager for eight years and a local musician. "We accept any kind of music. It's an art form and it's other people's interpretation. We've had country, rock, hip hop."

Spring and summer provide the perfect weather for sidewalk concerts in front of the store. Wrapping up the season is the Halloween show, which draws upwards of 200 people.

"We have bands from New York and California, and, of course, local musicians," Wade says. "Meridian has a really diverse music scene."

Meridian also has diverse venues, ranging from places like MUM and SAGE – a laid-back downtown coffeehouse featuring indie folk music and poetry readings – to the Temple Theater, a 1,550-seat, 1920s-era movie and performance house that has seen the likes of Tony Bennett and Garth Brooks on its immense stage.

The Sucarnochee Revue, held at the Temple on the first Friday of each month, features local, regional and national talent for a live taping of a radio program broadcast on 59 stations. The Temple Songwriter Nights, held the third Saturday of each month, draw a variety of musicians, while gospel and country nights are proving popular.

Rhythm and Brews, a downtown pub that features acoustic music during the day and a more raucous music vibe at night, has opened in the old McLemore building on Front Street. The club is booking top-notch local and celebrity acts.

Each May, the sounds of country music waft through the air during the Jimmie Rodgers Festival, held to celebrate the prolific songwriting life of the proclaimed Father of Country Music.

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It's staggering the quality entertainment the [MSU Riley Center] has brought to Meridian. We are fortunate to experience this here without having to travel to larger markets. Instead, we benefit from tourists coming to us.

Wink Glover, longtime Meridianite