While the weather may be dreary these days, Jackson’s social scene is most definitely not. February is bringing the most dancing, learning, and new fun our city has seen since the holiday. Here’s just a handful of the awesome events happening throughout our community this month.
Enjoy: A Musical Showdown
HBCU Battle of the Bands & Greek Stepshow
Date: Saturday, February 9
Time: 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Location: Oman Arena (179 Lane Avenue)
Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at door (free for children 4 and under)
If you’re a sucker for a good drum line, then you won’t want to miss the Hub City Classic HBCU Battle of the Bands. Featuring the bands of Lane College, Stillman College, Talladega College, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, and LeMoyne-Owen College, the Oman Arena will be packed for this show. Plus, don’t miss the Greek Stepshow as well as celebrity host and comedian Famous Amos. Tickets available at Stylz Menswear.
Endorse: An Array of Local Non-Profits
Jackson Service League Masquerade Mardi Gras Ball
Date: Saturday, February 23
Time: 7:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.
Location: The Aeneas Building (405 East College Street)
Cost: $35 for individual ticket; $60 for couple
If you’re looking for an excuse to get all dressed up, the Jackson Service League Masquerade Mardi Gras Ball is just the event for you. Tickets available for anyone 21+, both individuals and couples, plus you can purchase a mask to make sure you play the part. What a fun way to raise funds for the many local non-profits JSL supports!
Explore: The World of Music Therapy
Momentum: Inspiring Drive & Development
Date: Friday & Saturday, February 8 & 9
Time: Friday 12:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.; Saturday 8:30 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.
Location: The Star Center (1119 Old Humboldt Road)
The Star Center’s music therapy program has been life-changing in our community for over twenty-five years, and now they’re sharing their wisdom with us at their Momentum conference. If you’ve ever considered studying music therapy, this is the perfect place to begin, where you’ll learn the science of how music impacts the brain and how it can be used to heal from trauma, substance abuse, suicidal tendencies, and more.
Exercise: With a Little Bit of Dancin’
Boots & Bling
Date: Friday, February 8
Time: 6:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Location: Jackson Fairgrounds (800 South Highland Avenue)
Cost: $20 for individual ticket; $160 for table of 8; $200 for table of 10
Who doesn’t need a girls’ night out to go dancing, especially when it supports heart disease research? Get together your gals and grab a ticket to Boots & Bling—or reserve a whole table! It’s gonna be a blast, thanks to the awesome work of the West Tennessee Women’s Center, West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center, and others.
Experience: Black History Month in a New Way
2nd Annual Unaged: A Black History Month Live Exhibition
Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Location: The University of Memphis at Lambuth’s Wilder College Union (705 Lambuth Boulevard)
If you’ve been wondering how to honor Black History Month and talk about it with your kids, take them to the 2nd Annual UNAGED performance at the U of M Lambuth’s Wilder College Union, where students and professors alike will participate in a living art exhibition of historic black icons. It’s the perfect, free way to start important conversations in our community and remember the incredible people of color who have brought us so far.
Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Katie Howerton moved to Jackson in 2011 to study Graphic Design and Drawing at Union University. She discovered Our Jackson Home in January 2015 and used it as a guinea pig for her senior design project, creating the first issue of Our Jackson Home: The Magazine. After graduating she was given leadership over Our Jackson Home at theCO, where she now runs the blog, designs the magazine, and coordinates events. She lives with her husband Jordan and daughter November in Midtown and loves her community at City Fellowship Baptist Church.