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Mac McAnally, Coral Reefers Mississippi Opera Orchestra Join in a Benefit to Feed the Hungry

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from Visit Mississippi

Thursday, December 11th, Extra Table will host Mac McAnally and the Mississippi Opera Orchestra with the Coral Reefer Band in a benefit concert at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, Mississippi, at 7:30 p.m.

Extra Table - founded by chef, author and restaurateur, Robert St. John - is a non-­-profit organization working to fight hunger in Mississippi by providing healthy food in bulk to food pantries and soup kitchens. They partnered with the nation's largest food distribution company, Sysco, who delivers the food directly to the doors of the agencies that Extra Table helps provide for. The organization will host CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally along with the Mississippi Opera Orchestra and the Coral Reefer Band in a benefit concert.

McAnally has achieved many milestones in his remarkable career, which started with writing his first song at the age of 15. Mac has been named CMA Musician of the Year seven consecutive times, most recently this November. He has written six No. 1 hits, become a sought-­-after producer, and is regarded as one of the foremost musicians of his time. In addition to leading the Coral Reefers, McAnally has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.

The benefit concert is an official Year of the Creative Economy event. Governor Phil Bryant declared 2014 as the Year of the Creative Economy, a celebration of the creative arts that have a significant impact on the Mississippi state economy. Events throughout the year highlight the state's vast talents in areas such as music, the culinary and visual arts, and literature.

"Mac McAnally and Robert St. John are two of Mississippi's brightest stars, and we're proud that they've combined their talents to benefit those in need," said Malcolm White, Director of Visit Mississippi. "This event is yet another example of the power of our state's creative economy."

Tickets are on sale now at www.ardenland.net, at the cost of $10.50 to $25.50, depending on your seat. VIP tickets are also available for $75.50. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on McAnally, visit his website at http://www.macmcanally.com. This event is sponsored by Southern Beverage Company, Brown Bottling Group/Pepsi, Mississippi Development Authority, Baptist Health Foundation, New South Access and Environmental Solutions and The Mat Source.

For more information about the Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming, visit http://mshomecoming.com or contact Mary Margaret Miller, Creative Economy & Culture Bureau Manager, at mmmiller@mississippi.org or 601.213.7300.

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