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Published on May 22nd, 2019 | by TLV News


Cathead Jam Is Coming Soon to Jackson, Features a Variety of Music Sure to Please All

Cathead Jam will be returning to Downtown Jackson for its fourth year on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1.

This two-day festival celebrates the ninth birthday of Cathead Distillery; Mississippi’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Cathead Jam is a unique festival experience held in a family-friendly atmosphere at Cathead Distillery in Downtown Jackson. This two-day event will feature a wide selection of craft beers, specialty cocktails, and a diverse selection of food vendors.

Doors open at 5 pm on Friday, with music beginning at 6 pm. Headlining the show on Friday night will be New Orleans roots rockers The Revivalists. Consisting of vocalist David Shaw, guitarist Zack Feinberg, pedal steel player Ed Williams, bassist George Gekas, drummer Andrew Campanelli, saxophonist Rob Ingraham, and keyboardist/trumpeter Michael Girardot, the band is “known for their amalgam of rock, R&B, soul, country, and funk.”

Leading into the Revivalists’ set will be singer-songwriter Anderson East, “whose music is a potent, heartfelt fusion of soul, rhythm & blues, gospel, early rock & roll, and a dash of country,” and Aaron Lee Tasjan, a folk troubadour whose new album, Karma for Cheap, “follows his restless muse . . . into glammy, jingle-jangle power-pop- and- psych-tinged sounds.”

Saturday the Jam kicks off at 2 pm with another solid lineup that will culminate with the music of Umphrey’s McGee, which “unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its six participants—Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag[percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals], and Ryan Stasik [bass]—know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtight songcraft.”

Bluegrass lovers will rejoice at the set of Greensky Bluegrass, “a string band with a big, expansive sound . . . Approaching classic Americana styles with an exploratory, progressive spirit, its members claim to have come to bluegrass through the back door, citing rock influences as their gateway into more traditional acoustic styles. Greensky Bluegrass have continued to fuse the energy of rock with the earthy spirit of string music.”

Acclaimed blues/rock guitarist-turned Wailer Julian Junior Marvin joined Bob Marley’s band in 1977 and, starting with Exodus, he “was lead guitarist and musical contributor on all subsequent Bob Marley & the Wailers albums, and toured worldwide with the Wailers until Bob’s passing in 1981 . . . After touring with many incarnations of The Wailers since Bob Marley’s passing, Julian Junior has stepped out to front his own unique version of The Wailers, playing and singing Bob Marley & the Wailers hit songs the way Bob intended them to be heard.”

Saturday attendees will also be treated to sets by Nashville’s alternative country musician Rayland Baxter and Jackson’s own Young Valley.

Tickets are on sale now at, or can be purchased by phone at 877-987-6487. Children 10 and under receive free admission.  Stay up to date on all things Cathead Jam by visiting Cathead online:
Cathead Jam is produced by Ardenland.

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