The Stone County Chamber of Commerce will host regionally recognized musicians for the inaugural “Hot August Nights” concert series next month. On Thursday, August 26, performer Little Jimmy will open for the Molly Ringwalds at 6 p.m. in Blaylock Park. The event is free to the general public and is scheduled from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

“This is an opportunity to expand our special events,” Chamber Vice President LaTricia Mimbs said. “We have found that music, in any form, is popular in our community and is a language that represents great diversity. With our signature event in the spring, it seems ideal to present a summer event. Yes, it’s hot in August. Doesn’t matter where you are, it’s hot. Might as well be with friends and family at an exciting summer event.”

Mimbs is also the chamber events chairperson. She reached out to schedule the Molly Ringwalds because of their popularity along the Gulf Coast.

“The Molly Ringwalds represent a giant step toward creating a fun and exciting atmosphere for people to mingle and enjoy,” Mimbs said.

The Molly Ringwalds are a 1980s cover band known for their high-energy renditions of classic hits like Bryan Adams’ “Summer Of '69,”

The Bangles’ “Walk Like An Egyptian,” and "Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash.

Mimbs is organizing the event with Chamber President Danyell Wietbrock and other committee members.

“We want to create more opportunities for people to spend recreational time together. We want our friends and neighbors to have a place to gather, share stories, listen to great music and make memories,” Wietbrock said.

The Chamber presented the idea to the EDP Board of Directors last month to resounding support.

“I believe it is time for us to support new ideas and to encourage the Chamber to take the lead on developing community activities,” SCEDP Board President Jody Miles said. “We have two terrific volunteers leading the effort and an outstanding group of newly minted Chamber Board Members excited to see our community progress on this front.”

After the initial approval, Weitbrock, Mimbs and the events committee got to work finding sponsors. Because this is a new event, they were challenged to raise the required financial support concert fee within a two-week period to meet the projected budget.

Memorial Hospital at Stone County, C-Spire, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and Butch Oustalet Ford, and many others businesses and individuals stepped up to make this event idea a reality.

Memorial Hospital at Stone County’s Chief Administrative Officer, Kevin Holland said he was glad to support a worthwhile event in the community.

“The desire to enhance the cultural aspects of our community, as well as provide additional exposure to our area to hopefully lure more tourism,” Holland said.

Holland believes the event will impact the community positively by bringing in tourism dollars and exposure.

“It is unlike any event we’ve hosted here and the support has been tremendous,” Jeff White, of Little Jimmy, said.

Little Jimmy will be opening the show for The Molly Ringwalds.

“It is a good indication we’re ready to step up our game plan as it relates to events in Stone County,” White said. “The Stone County Chamber looks forward to meeting that challenge and exceeding expectations.”

Organizers encourage attendees to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to be comfortable in the park. The event will be a family-friendly environment for all ages.

If the event is successful, the chamber plans to make the concert series an annual event and include more performances in the following years.

“We hope this is just the beginning,” Mimbs said. “We plan to make this an annual event with multiple bands playing diverse genres of music.”

For more information about the event, connect with the Facebook page @ Stone County EDP, search “Hot August Nights in Stone” event page. Call the EDP at 601-928-5418 for details.

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