It isn’t often that the opportunity arises to enjoy the relaxed environment of a music festival while also benefiting local charities. Last year, Josh Williams, associate professor of chemistry, joined forces with Area Relief Ministries and raised more than $1,200 for the widows and homeless of Jackson by helping coordinate the Catalyst Music Festival.
“The concert is funded by donations from local individuals and companies,” Williams said. “It was a great event last year. We are excited about an even bigger event this year.”
This year’s event will take place April 29 at the Casey Jones Amphitheater and will feature three bands: Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery, Joel Levi and Coyote Talk.
The proceeds will go directly to Area Relief Ministries, a social service nonprofit organization located downtown.
“Our homeless services are what we are most noted for,” said Andrea Hudgins, director of community development Area Relief Ministries. “We also facilitate Room in the Inn and Open Arms. All the money that goes to Open Arms will help widows pay their electricity bill when months get tight.”
University President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver will emcee the event, and a variety of food will be available from local vendors.
The event begins at 6 p.m., and tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 apiece or at the gate for $7. Groups of 10 or more will only be charged $4 per person.