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May 4 @ 7:00 pm - May 25 @ 7:00 pm
Each May for twenty-nine years, the Natchez Festival of Music has provided outstanding musical performances. People come to Natchez all year for a variety of reasons, but during the month of May they come to this historic city to experience its great musical offerings. This year we continue to expand our festival with every kind of music from opera and musical theatre to country and rock.
Our Opening Night Gala Concert features Asleep at the Wheel, the “Crown Princes of Western Swing.” “With a driving beat and infectious rhythm,” Asleep at the Wheel is simply spectacular! This American country western swing group has been performing for over 40 years, has released over 20 albums, charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, and has won 9 Grammy Awards. They have been the most important force in keeping the sound of Western swing music alive in America. The group features anywhere from eight to eleven musicians with their famous front man, Ray Benson.
This season also celebrates other artists and events such as the Centennial of Liberace, the flamboyant, 20th-century virtuoso pianist, and the Golden Anniversary of Woodstock, one of the most iconic moments in American music history featuring internationally known Mississippi Blues icon, Vasti Jackson! Each year we bring in top vocal performers from all over the United States, who will be featured in Stephen Sondheim’s smash hit musical, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, as well as the world’s most popular opera, Puccini’s La Boheme. The season includes now-traditional and fan-favorite events, Rossini, Puccini, and Martinis, and Rockin’ on the River at three of Natchez’s most popular music venues, Natchez Architectural and Art Discoveries, Smoot’s Grocery, and the Rolling River Bistro’s 408 Listening Room.
We are excited to continue to present one of the best, most diverse, and most inclusive music festivals in the country. Come to Natchez for a Season of Peace and Music.