Celebrating central Mississippi’s diverse music scene, Jackson Indie Music Week 2018 kicked off Sunday, the third year for a week filled with concerts, showcases, panels, and parties, spotlighting creatives from the genres of rock, hip-hop, EDM, blues, and independent film & video.
Organized in the fall of 2015, musician and original co-founder Cody Cox told us, “There are always people I’m discovering who are putting out music – good music.[Jackson Indie Music Week] is for people who think they already know everyone who plays music – to open their eyes to other people who play music.”
With events scattered throughout the capital city, this quick guide breaks it down, day by day, so that you can get the most out of that all-event pass.
Tonight at 7 p.m., catch JIMWeek Presents: Monday Night Vibes at CS’s. Seth Power, Timaal Bradford, Betzenzo and Die With Nature brings a great mix of rock & hip hop.
At 8 p.m., check out Blue Monday: Jxn Indie Music Week Edition, at Hal and Mal’s. Its the biggest blues open mic in the country and some of the #JIMWeek2018 artists will be joining the vets on stage to jam.
Keep the tunes coming Tuesday with the Many Moons Panel, 6-7 p.m. at Underground 119, with featured panelists Y101’s Charlie Buchwald and Experience JXN’s Yolanda Singleton plus a special presentation by JIMWeek alum Krystal Jackson (free). The Many Moons: Women’s Showcase, 8-10 p.m. at Underground 119 ($10, or included with JIMWeek All-Event Pass), enjoy a stellar all-woman lineup featuring Touya Modi, Krystal Gem, Ariel Blackwell and Vitamin Cea.
Blender comes to Hal & Mal’s Wednesday, presented by Elegant Trainwreck and Homework Town Records, a “mash-up of dope emcees and bands.” The show features Jason Daniels, El. I. Be., Yung Jewelz and Stonewalls. It’s $10 or free with your all-event pass.
Also Wednesday at One Block East, Clouds and Crayons, Flywalker and James Hoya play the late show (9 p.m.), $10 or free with an all-event pass.
On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Jackson Indie Music Week ICON awards recognize trailblazers and vanguards of Jackson’s independent music scene who were pivotal in paving the way for today’s artists at Duling Hall. This year’s honorees are Stan Branson of WJMI; Tommy Couch Sr., Founder of Malaco Music Group; Jewel Bass-Thomas, singer; and the Windbreakers (Tim Lee and Bobby Sutliff). There will also be a special presentation for DJ/Engineer, the late Ryan Montgomery. The post-show R&B live concert features Taurean La’Del, Stephanie Luckett Cooper DeNiro, Y’Marii and Compozitionz.
Also at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sneaky Beans hosts a free showcase featuring Ben Rickets, Betsy Berryhill and Brynn Corbello while “Bass and Beer” thumps the back stage at Hops and Habanas at 8 p.m. featuring a live DJ and beer tastings.
For Friday, join the Podcaster’s Roundtable from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Podastery Studios downtown as The Roguish Gent, Comprehensive Beatdown, Token Talk, and Let’s Talk JXN podcasters sit and chat with artists, locals and fans, featuring Jason Mathena with Skratchin’ Jackson & 5th Child. This event is free.
The Culture Concert at Hal & Mal’s kicks off at 8 p.m. ($10 or free with an all-event pass), with James Crow, Marcel P. Black, Coke Bumaye and Alfred Banks.
At Fenians at 9 p.m., an eclectic mash-up of singer-songwriters, rock, and funk make up Guitar Center presents “Fusion.” Featured performers include Cody Rogers, Calligraphy X, Dazz and Brie and BARK.
On Saturday, 5th Child presents: The Beat Sale, noon – 3 p.m. at Offbeat in Midtown, with producers, up and coming and established, showcasing their work.
A music video showcase at The Reclaimed Miles at 2:30 p.m. is $5 or free with an all-event pass, showcasing film shorts and music videos.
The “Do The Knowledge” panel is at 3 p.m. at Kundi Compound ($5 or free with an all-event pass) featuring panelists Kamel King, Jeffrey Graves, Ron Carbo, And The Echo, Scrap Dirty and DJ Finesse.
The EDM Party at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium begins at 9 p.m. featuring DJ Scrap Dirty, DJ Uri, DJ Cadillac, DJ Tam, DJ Libra, The Jezereck, DJ Loop, Tricky Jr, and Rob Roy. It’s $10 or free with an all-event pass.
Robert James Starr plays the Gospel Brunch Sunday at The Iron Horse Grill at 11 a.m. Doors are free.
Later in the day, Cups Fondren presents the Java Jam at 2 p.m. with Lisbon Deaths, D. As F., Codetta South and KoolKid Ridge. It’s also a free show.
The final event, the JIM Week Wrap Party, kicks off at 8 p.m. at The Flamingo with Empty Atlas. It’s free with an all-event pass.
Get your JIMWeek All-Event Pass ($50) or Day Pass ($25) at eventbrite.com.
With additional reporting from Sherry Lucas