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(Ocean Springs, MS) – The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism
Bureau is pleased to partner with the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance and present
Business After Hours on Thursday, August 17 from 5-7 p.m.

The Mississippi Songwriters Alliance will host the event at the Mary C. O’Keefe
Cultural Center located at 1600 Government St.

Chamber members, business employees, and the public are invited to attend this
excellent networking opportunity in a relaxed social setting. Bring your business cards,
meet community leaders and business professionals, and enjoy refreshments.
Ocean Springs Business After Hours is open to all at no charge, but a $5 donation is

Following the networking event, songs and stories will be held in the Trent Lott
theatre. The 90th Songs and Stories will include special guests, “Delta Deep Roots”
Songwriters from Cleveland Mississippi, Tricia Walker and Mississippi Marshall

Tricia Walker is a singer and songwriter born and raised in Mississippi. Her music has
been recorded by Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss, whose performance of
Tricia’s Looking in the Eyes of Love earned a GRAMMY® award. A recording artist
herself, Tricia’s CD, “The Heart of Dixie,” thoughtfully captures the songwriter’s view
of the South with well-placed lyrics and music reflecting her folk, R & B and
storytelling influences.

Tricia has been a mainstay at the Mississippi Songwriters Festival on the coast since its
inception. She proudly and selflessly serves as a mentor to the Mississippi Songwriters
Alliance’s board members as evidenced at the recent inaugural Mississippi
Songwriters Festival – Delta Edition, held this past spring in Cleveland.

Marshall Hopper, born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, began playing guitar before
the age of ten and, by age eleven, he was playing professionally with his father, Ellis
Hopper, and the family band. Throughout his lifelong career, Marshall has made a
name for himself and been fortunate enough to share the stage with big names such
as Charlie Daniels, B.B. King, Jimmy Vaughn, Three Dog Night, Buddy Guy, Christone
“Kingfish” Ingram, and countless others.

For details on the Business After Hours, please contact the Ocean Springs Chamber of
Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424.