Main Street entertainment spot bringing new musicians to Natchez – Mississippi’s best community newspaper


NATCHEZ – A new entertainment venue on Main Street is working to attract new musical artists to Natchez.

Burne Sharp, local music producer and former Bishop Gunn drummer, said at 9 p.m. on Saturday that one of his favorite Nashville rock bands “True Villains” will perform at Locust Alley’s new “A Room” at 511 Main St.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Participants can also be entertained during the hours before the doors open with an acoustic performance and a cash bar.

Nashville rock band True Villains have just released their first single titled “The Villain”.

“This song shows that sometimes in life we ​​are forced into positions that make us come across as the anti-hero,” the group told American Songwriter. “This track is about realizing and accepting that role overall, and learning to look at the characteristics of becoming the bad guy. Sometimes it’s good to be the bad guy when we hit our breaking point.

According to the American songwriter, producer Nick Raskulinecz – who has worked behind artists such as Korn, Evanescence and Halestorm – helped take True Villains’ new album to the next level.

This Saturday’s show will open with a performance by Natchez native Ben Lewis, Bishop Gunn and a few surprise guests, Sharp said.

“Nashville seems like a big city but it’s a small town just like Natchez in a musical sense. Everyone knows everyone, ”Sharp said. “This group is going to put on a show that will shake up people’s socks. They opened for us (Bishop Gunn) several times. We rock bands have to stick together.

Sharp said tickets for the show cost $ 10 up front or $ 12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at

Locust Alley, located directly next to the EPYK, has a bar downstairs and a full-fledged stage upstairs with hardwood floors and exposed brick walls.

The venue, run by Greg Everhart, has only been open for a few months and has hosted top musical talent almost every weekend, including local bands, Sharp said.

While everyone loves supporting local artists, Sharp said he plans to expand the Natchez music scene by bringing nationwide touring groups of various genres here to introduce locals and tourists to a new musical taste.

“As a community, we all need to continue to come together and support these new opening places and national tours,” he said. “Touring bands and not necessarily Natchez bands can always draw a crowd to Natchez. … Smoots and Locust Alley in particular are reaching out and bringing groups from everywhere. We have groups that leave Natchez and all they do is talk to their colleagues and other groups. It’s a two-way street. Groups want to feel as welcome as you want them to put on a good show.

As a promoter of this musical event and others, Sharp has said that Natchez is becoming a musical destination.

“We’re going to see Natchez being one of the top musical destinations in the world,” he said. “The hospitality and the people here are wonderful. We are unique, different and awesome in every way. Let’s share it. The more the local music scene is supported, the more it grows.


Corina C. Butler

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