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Ferriday to sponsor free concert

FERRIDAY — Area residents looking for a free, fun-filled way to spend their weekend are in luck.

The Town of Ferriday will have a free concert open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Rockabilly Plaza on First Street.

Mayor Glen McGlothin said the concert is just one of many activities he hopes to have for Ferriday residents in 2011.

“This is our first event to have at the plaza this year,” he said. “And we are planning to have as many as we can this year.”

Local group the Lost Cause Band will be playing the concert. There music includes easy listening and 60s and 70s rock.

Town of Ferriday employee Cyndie Dillon said the event is going to be a good time for anyone who attends.

“This is going to be a real laid back event,” she said. “Everyone is just going to be picking and grinning out on the street having a good time.”

Dillon said people are encouraged to bring their own chairs to the concert.

“We just want you to come hang out and listen to some music,” she said.

Since the event is a family oriented one, Dillon said concert attendees may not bring any alcoholic beverages to the event.

McGlothin said he hopes everyone who has some free time can come out and enjoy the festivities.

“We have a pretty good little band playing,” he said. “And we just want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves.”

McGlothin said the city is still working to renovate Rockabilly Plaza, which used to serve as the National Foods building, into an open-air market venue.

“We are still waiting on our environmental study to be completed before we can move on with the rest of the work,” he said.

McGlothin said bathrooms have been added, and the rest of the work on the plaza will be done in phases.

“We are just waiting to work on the next phase of the project,” he said.

McGlothin said the next event scheduled for Rockabilly Plaza is the second annual Will Haney Soul Survivor’s Festival in May.

The first Soul Survivor festival was last year at the Rockabilly Plaza to coincide with the dedication of a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker that was placed in Ferriday at the former site of Haney’s Big House.

McGlothin said the town is looking to improve on last year’s celebration.

“The time is getting closer, and we are getting really excited about Soul Survivors,” he said.

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