Sept. 26+27: Joshua James and Wellsfest

by Liz Allen
Friday+Saturday editor

Event 1: Joshua James
When: Fri., 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
Where: Duling Hall, 622 Duling Ave.
Price: $10 advance, $15 at the door
All ages

Joshua James’ sound does not fit easily into one category. Singer-songwriter? Sure. Folk? Kind of. Self-described as “Neo-folk,” James brings his own spin to the genre. From the acoustic heartfelt folk to ominous harder rock sounds, James remains always emotional, captivating and a bit odd (in the best way). Fans of the cable series Sons of Anarchy might recognize James’ sound; his songs “Crash This Train” and “Coal War” have both been featured.

Also playing are two Nashville-based folk bands, Armon Jay and Neulore.

Joshua James’ twangy and quirky brand promises an equally unique experience, especially for the $10 price tag. For a taste, check out the video below:

Event 2: WellsFest
When: Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Jamie Fowler Boyll Park, Lakeland Drive
Price: Free
Why you should go:

     WellsFest is one of Jackson’s foremost festivals (in its 31 year now), packed with back-to-back music, a 5K run, food booths, arts and crafts vendors, and silent auctions. Native Mississippian and blues artist Vasti Jackson headlines the festival, which will also include music from a variety of genres, including Millsaps own James Martin, Latinismo, Young Valley, and more. For the full lineup, click here. All proceeds from the event will go to Partners to End Homelessness.