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Round of Applause for the Round Table

round table 1On Saturday night, The Round Table at Oxford Square hosted a Music Video Block where local filmmakers featured many Mississippi bands in music videos.

Part of the Oxford Film Festival, the event hosted bands such as Tate Moore and the Kudzu Kings, the Blackwater Trio and Ole Miss Rebel Blues. The event showcased about eight videos from 6 to 9 p.m. Many Oxford locals attended the event.

Featured band, Tate Moore and the Kudzu Kings, a band from Oxford, Mississippi, showcased its twentieth anniversary show video at the Round Table. Moore also performed a few songs toward the end of the night. The band also performed at The Lyric on Saturday night.


Clarksdale, Mississippi, based band, The Blackwater Trio, was featured as well. Coop Cooper, the filmmaker for the Trio’s song, “The Happy Song”, shot in Clarksdale, Mississippi, gave insight on the band and its music. Coop Cooper spoke highly of The Blackwater Trio on their behalf, while they performed just across the street at The Shelter on Van Buren.

“The film was really a community effort…there was no true concept, just a lot of great people helping out,” Cooper said. “The Blackwater Trio video was three months of filming when it was not raining.”


At the Shelter on Van Buren, The Blackwater Trio performed songs, “Saving Roses” and also a closing song that paid homage to the late David Bowie. The downhome and soulful band gave a mesmerizing performance on Friday night.

The final showing of the night, the “Ole Miss Rebel Blues”,  was created by Ole Miss Alumna Kathryn Hood and directed by Nancy Maria Balach, creator of Living Music Resource. The song was performed by talented UM artists. This video celebrated Ole Miss football, local music and the cultures of Oxford. The music video was filled with UM students and children of Oxford. The center focus for the video was the children. Katie McLaughlin, music education major, gathered all of the children featured in the video.

Claudia Salcedo, a music education major, attended the event with Balach and McLaughlin because of her assistance with the filming of “Ole Miss Rebel Blues”.

Nancy Balach said that most of the video was shot using a green screen and the new film feature at J.D. Williams Library, Studio One. “The crew was mostly all female,” Balach said.


The event also hosted a question and answer session with the video makers about the music videos. Check out what they had to say below:


Italiana Anderson is an intern for hottytoddy.com and can be reached at  iganders@go.olemiss.edu.

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