This weekend, more than 20 Memphis and North Mississippi bands will deliver sweet melodies at this year's Fools' Ball.
The musical festival, considered by some to be a mini-Bonnaroo or Woodstock, will take place March 30th through April 1st at Dirty D's Memorial Park in Laws Hill, Mississippi.
Bands including Copper Possum, Devil Train, FreeWorld, Agori Tribe, and Chinese Connection Dub Embassy are among those set to jam at the festival.
"The bands do it for the love of life. They volunteer their time and get to be a part of something that doesn't feel like a gig," Donna Christiansen says. "These people are giving their heart and soul out there."
The first ball was an anniversary party for Donna and her husband Mark and was held in their backyard in April 2000. That gathering drew around 50 friends for good tunes and food. Since the initial shindig, the gathering has blossomed into an annual festival of "friends, music, positive energy, fun, and foolishness," Donna says.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the 2012 Fools' Ball.
Bands will perform on two stages. There will be a bonfire, a large movie screen showing highlights from past Fools' Balls, camping, and "the best grilled cheese in the world" for sale.
Mark hopes the event provides people with "indescribable good times" and brings more exposure to the bands involved.
"We may not have any Grammy-nominated or Grammy-winning musicians to come out and play at the [ball], but eventually, some of these kids who are playing will end up winning a Grammy," Mark says.
Fools' Ball, Friday-Sunday, March 30th-April 1st, 440 Laws Hill Rd., Laws Hill, MS. Admission is $25. Go to Facebook.com and search for "The Fools' Ball."