"Music, concerts, tons of live entertainment, and art...a hub for all those types of things," Chase Taylor explains. "Were going to do 120 to a 150 shows [in a year] starting in July. We want to bring as many different acts as we can from across the country...every genre that you can think of."
Kress Live has been a project in the works for over three years, and the team is in their final phase of development, sharing their ideas on what the future will hold. Hurricanes, oil spills, and economic slumps haven't stopped Chase and Nick from bringing Kress Live into a fully realized dream. With the intention of injecting rich culture back into the area, they have pushed forward in making that dream a reality.
"There are a ton of moving variables associated with it," Chase says, "and getting comfortable with those variables takes time, but we have a good team we've put together, and we're comfortable with the guys around us, and that's what it's all about."
In talking, the four speakers discuss how Mississippi artists have needed more outlets for expression, why the general public has forgotten the heritage Mississippi holds in the realm of art, and how the state's history can be preserved while simultaneously creating a new chapter in its existence. With the design of the new building, visitors will be able to get a true sense of what the culture of Biloxi is with local and regional art, along with an American heritage music museum integrated into the venue.
When asked about the charity work that the team plans to incorporate into the venue, Nick said: "That's just as important to us as the Kress entertainment business is." Their goals include giving back to local schools and providing instruments to students who otherwise might never get the chance to learn to play. "Kids are our future as far as music and art go." The discussion continues in this direction as everyone talks about the value of introducing music to children at a young age, and how difficult it is to see art programs cut from schools due to budgeting.
Chase and Nick then talk about their affiliation with the team that manages the John Lennon Tour Bus, a program that allows young students the chance to write and record their own songs in John Lennon's state of the art tour bus. The final productions are then sent to various labels and record producers all over the country.
Other talks go to comedy, The Sun and Sand Film Festival, art shows, weddings, and much more. In closing, the two ask listeners to keep up with their progress (which you can do by visiting the Kress Live website or social media pages) and take a look at the job opportunities that will be arising with the completion of the venue. Check out the full Coastal Noise episode here. Also check out the Music page, where dates are posted for the Diberville Crawfish festival where Stefan will be performing in May with Danielle Linn.