OCEAN SPRINGS -- The concert series Ocean Springs Live will kick off June 4 with a show featuring rock royalty.
The series will open with a performance the Royal Southern Brotherhood. The band features New Orleans legend Cyril Neville and Tyrone Vaughn, the son of guitar legend Jimmie Vaughn.
Ocean Springs Live concerts will be free.
Subsequent shows will be July 3, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3. They will all be in Rosetti Park in downtown Ocean Springs.
"It is our hope that Ocean Springs Live will bring a larger new audience to downtown early for a free show and that people will continue their night out downtown, visiting and exploring the variety of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs," said organizer Vicki Applewhite. "In Ocean Springs, you can see high-quality live music performances up close and personal, and rarely with a cover charge. We want to give local businesses and artists support in attracting people who appreciate the music."
She said she hopes the concerts will showcase the live music in Ocean Springs.
"The mission of Ocean Springs Live is to make Ocean Springs the live music capital of Mississippi," she said. "We are organizing the effort to let people know, if they want live music, they can find it in Ocean Springs."
Blackwater Brass of Ocean Springs will act as the house band for the series and will open the concerts for the headliners. Applewhite said she is excited about what Cyril Neville will bring to the festival.
"We wanted to start the series with a splash, so having an act like Cyril Neville and the Royal Southern Brotherhood come to town, right after playing Jazz Fest and just before their new album releases in June, was a great investment to let people experience it for free," she said. "They will be following local favorites, Blackwater Brass, which I think creates a vibrant set of performances that appeal to lots of ages."