live at the Lowry
On December 15, 2018, MHT opened the doors to the Lowry House for the first installment of “Live at the Lowry” a house party featuring live music from The Guiding Lights, Spirituals, and Rod Smoth.
The Lowry House, built in the 1850s and located on Jackson’s North Congress Street, was saved from demolition after being one of MHT’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places. Now, it’s home to MHT offices and serves as an event venue. Live at the Lowry served to continue MHT’s plan of the Lowry House being a multi-pronged community resource.
“The Mississippi Heritage Trust is incredibly proud of the role that it played in saving the Lowry House,” says Lolly Rash, Executive Director of MHT. “Now that is has been so beautifully restored, we want people to enjoy it. My hope for the Lowry House and historic places througout Mississippi is that they are brought back to a useful, productive life that helps build community.”
The Lowry House is one of many 10 Most Endangered listed properties saved and repurposed that now serve as community gathering spots and catalysts for artistic expression including The Cedars in Jackson, The Curtrer Mansion in Clarksdale, and historic schools like the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs.
The driving force behind the idea of live music at Lowry were MHT’s Laura Beth Lott and local musician and producer Cole Furlow. Lott saw a need to get more exposure and community involvement at the Lowry House while Furlow sought to fill a need to showcase community talent that could serve charities during the holidays. From those two needs came Live at the Lowry.