An upcoming venue in downtown Biloxi is looking for an art-loving staff while the venue itself hopes to rejuvenate a district that has struggled since Hurricane Katrina. Art and music lovers gathered at a job fair in downtown Biloxi to be a part of the Kress Live art and music venue, opening July 4th. Jeremy Dathan Jones, an applicant, says, "I think it’s going to be place to go."
Nick Quave, the Vice President of Kress Live, says, “We have a lot of interest in this community. We want to rebuild that. Doing this project will interject a lot of blood flow into this downtown district.” The live venue comes after three years of planning. Now management hopes to recreate a cultural hub in the historic Vieux Marche. Chase Taylor, the President of Kress Live, says, “Hundred year old building, exposed bricks, local regional art, incredible music, you've got to stop at Kress Live ‘cause it’s the local vibe.” The building reads “Art can change everything,” and for the people applying, they're hoping the movement will help build back Biloxi's historic Vieux Marche district, not only physically, but mentally.
Jones also says, “I just think the sky’s the limit. We need something like this in Biloxi.” Jones' mother used to work in the Vieux Marche district. His love for the area makes him want to be a part of the musical movement. Jones also says, “There’s going to be some good music here, you can already tell. It’s going to be fabulous.” With over 120 concerts planned for the next year, the Kress Live team hopes to bring a shock effect to revive downtown Biloxi. Trevor Reid of the Marketing Department for Kress Live says, “We're hoping to really change the environment here, change the scene, and bring life back to the Vieux Marche for sure.” Quave also says, “Between the casinos, the ball field, this venue, we'll really have an attraction here in Biloxi.”
People at the job fair are excited for the venue that will provide a range of entertainment, while the owners hope the spirit of redevelopment of Vieux Marche will be contagious. Taylor also says, "The excitement, that emotional tie back in the downtown area is what we have to have." Kress Live also plans to have daytime academies for local kids to teach them how to play different instruments.