Back to Schoolhouse Rock

Saturday, September 13, 2014
1-6 p.m.
Doors open at noon

William Charles Collective

In 2009, William Charles began playing music in local bars and cafes in Florida before moving back to his hometown of Hernando, Miss., to further pursue his musical interests. In early 2010, William met two Memphis musicians and formed the William Charles Trio. The group released their first single and music video in April 2013 called With the Winter. They soon added additional musicians and the William Charles Collective (WCC) was born. The WCC blends southern rock, folk and bluegrass to produce their own organic fresh sound.

The Long Patrol

The Long Patrol is a pop/rock four-piece band with a considerable jazz and blues influence. The members are all Tipton County locals. They began writing and playing together in 2012 and with several original songs, the group continues to write, record and hone their music and skills.

Shekinah

Shekinah is a north Mississippi Christian musical group that likes to "Rock for Jesus." A professional group of musicians that want to reach the people of today with upbeat, positive music. This group has many years of combined musical experience emphasizing that "Christian music and seasoned musicians are a wonderful combination."  

Bobby and Becky Stokely

Brownsville's Bobby and Becky Stokely enjoy playing their two-person acoustic shows and with their band of 19 years, The Waiting.  The couple covers genres from country and blues to classic rock and funk.

Roses Unread

Roses Unread consists of five musicians from across the region who came together to write some good rock 'n roll music and play shows. Now with two full-length albums, two music videos, countless shows, global airplay, and a worldwide following of dedicated fans behind them, Roses Unread is something a little bit different that demands a second glance and a listen. Their plan is simple: to do what they love and urge others to do the same.


Allison Purifoy, a local school teacher and lead vocalist for the rock band Roses Unread, has put together a back to school concert to benefit Haywood County Schools. The "Back to Schoolhouse Rock" show features five bands from the mid-south region performing on the grounds of the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville Saturday, September 13. Showtime begins at 1 p.m. and admission is $5 worth of school supplies. Teachers with school IDs will get in free.

"It is very important that the children in our school system have the necessary supplies to meet their educational needs and have a successful school year," says Purifoy. "I wanted to put this benefit together to do something to help meet some of those needs."

Among the most needed items, according to Purifoy, are pencils and Kleenex tissue. But other traditional items such as paper, pens, crayons, composition books and writing tablets are also needed. School supply lists for each school can be found at www.haywoodschools.com.

Purifoy is a second grade teacher at Haywood Elementary School. Her Brownsville-based group, Roses Unread, consists of five individuals from varied walks of life who came together to write "good rock 'n roll" music and perform. Branding themselves as "a little bit different," since 2004 they have released two full-length albums and music videos, performed countless shows, garnered global airplay, and boast a worldwide following of fans. Roses Unread will perform at 5 p.m.

"It is great to know that my music can help with such a great cause. As a teacher, it is very important to me that every child has what they need."

Brownsville's Bobby and Becky Stokely will perform at 4 p.m. The Stokely's enjoy playing their two-person acoustic shows which include everything from country and blues to rock and funk. Becky is a kindergarten teacher at Anderson Early Childhood Development Center in Brownsville and also recognizes the importance of each child having what they need to succeed.

"This show is a natural for Bobby and me to participate in," says Stokely. "It's important because it brings the community together in support of our schools and it's a great way to kick off ‘I (heart) HCS’ week."

Other groups to perform include William Charles Collective (WCC). The Memphis-based WCC blends southern rock, folk and bluegrass to produce their own organic sound and will kick-off the event at 1 p.m. The Long Patrol (2 p.m.) is a pop/rock four-piece band with a considerable jazz and blues influence. The members are all Tipton County residents. Shekinah (3 p.m.) is a north Mississippi Christian music group that likes to "rock for Jesus;” a professional group of musicians that want to reach the people of today with upbeat, positive music.

For more information about the show, contact the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000, visit www.westtnheritage.com or email info@westtnheritage.com.