Upcoming Events

37th Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival – Saturday, April 22, 2017

Featuring Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band

The Vicksburg Convention Center is thrilled to host the 37th Annual Alcorn State University (ASU) Jazz Festival featuring Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band.  The festival will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  The times for the performances are scheduled for 9:00 am-4:00 pm, High School and University Jazz Ensembles; 4:00 pm-5:00 pm, Ramsey Lewis Workshop; 7:00 pm-7:45 pm, Mississippi Jazz Educators; 8:00 pm-9:30 pm, Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band.  All events are free and open to the public.

For three and a half decades the Department of Fine Arts at Alcorn State University has sponsored what has become Mississippi’s longest-running and most prestigious jazz festival. The day-long festival features performances by some of the most outstanding professional jazz musicians and university, college and secondary school jazz ensembles from throughout the United States. Highlights of the festival are the afternoon workshops and evening concerts by some of the world’s greatest jazz artists.  The Festival is directed by Dr. David Miller.

Ramsey Lewis, who is a NEA Jazz Master, has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality. He is a three-time Grammy® winner, has recorded over 70 albums, and has joined forces with countless other artists to create new and innovative music.

The Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival is a masterpiece rich in tradition and talent. Jazz masters like Clark Terry, Max Roach, Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Louie Bellson, Donald Byrd, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine, McCoy Tyner and Arturo Sandoval have graced the stage of this free event throughout its history, establishing the ASU Jazz Festival as a true gem and premier jazz event in the region.

The Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival is funded in part by grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission, South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Art Works.


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4th Annual Ritz on the River – Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sponsored in part by:
Ritzy Sponsor: MUTUAL CREDIT UNION

Tuba Sponsor: Lady Luck Casino

Treble Sponsors: Ameristar Casino and Hotel, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, Riverwalk Casino*Hotel, Trustmark National Bank, Scott Robbins Physical Therapy, Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Vicksburg Post, Waterview Casino & Hotel

On Thursday, July 13th, Vicksburg will celebrate the Golden Age of Glitz, The Roaring 20th Anniversary of the Vicksburg Convention Center (VCC). We will welcome the Downtown Band from Nashville, TN. The Downtown Band is an award winning high-energy 10-piece, dance-driven band, which delivers top quality live entertainment. Dinner will begin at 6:30pm /Show will begin at 8pm. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 10. Dinner show tickets are available $50 (advance purchase only) and general admission show tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and show begins at 8:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 or the Vicksburg Convention Center Box Office. Tables can be reserved for dinner show only with group purchases of 10 and special sponsorship opportunities are available. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg. They are dedicated to community improvement by meeting the needs of children, youth, and families. Helping children and making a difference in their lives is the principle on which Junior Auxiliary was founded.

We encourage attendees to wear their fun 20’s attire as they arrive in a room from a nostalgic theme of the Golden Age of Glitz. There will be many surprises as we celebrate the milestone 20th Anniversary of the VCC.

Voted “BEST LIVE BAND in TENNESSEE” and “TOP 10 LIVE BANDS in UNITED STATES” by The Industry Expert Awards! The Downtown Band has opened for Elton John, Robin Thicke, Bryan Adams, Lana Del Rey, Kevin Costner, Neil Young and Tom Jones, among many others. The Downtown Band showcases three award-winning lead singers and boasts some of the best musicians in the industry. Members of the band have performed in over 40 countries and for celebrities including Steve Forbes, Lionel Richie, David Letterman, Carrie Underwood, Jay Leno, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, consistently exceeding the expectations of their discriminating clientele. The Downtown Band’s explosive backbeat, soulful renditions, and powerful horn section have helped establish this band as the standard to make any special event a smashing success. This group is fronted by the strong vocal talents of Justin Caldwell, an accomplished vocalist, songwriter, and composer. Caldwell has toured internationally in over 30 countries as a solo entertainer, and written award-winning original music for film and TV.

We take pride in going beyond expectations to provide top quality entertainment and events for the community. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elyce Curry or Annette Kirklin at 601.630.2929.

We encourage attendees to wear their fun 20’s attire as they arrive in a room from a nostalgic theme of the Golden Age of Glitz.  There will be many surprises as we celebrate the milestone 20th Anniversary of the VCC.

The Downtown Band showcases three award-winning lead singers and boasts some of the best musicians in the industry. Members of the band have performed in over 40 countries and for celebrities including Steve Forbes, Lionel Richie, David Letterman, Carrie Underwood, Jay Leno, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, consistently exceeding the expectations of their discriminating clientele. The Downtown Band’s explosive backbeat, soulful renditions, and powerful horn section have helped establish this band as the standard to make any special event a smashing success.  This group is fronted by the strong vocal talents of Justin Caldwell, an accomplished vocalist, songwriter, and composer.  Caldwell has toured internationally in over 30 countries as a solo entertainer, and written award-winning original music for film and TV.

We take pride in going beyond expectations to provide top quality entertainment and events for the community.  For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elyce Curry or Annette Kirklin at 601.630.2929.