"When the university's band director came to us and asked if we would play the show, there was no hesitation. I mean after all, this is our home turf!" says bassist Daniel Hare on the upcoming performance.
Also, MSU's "Famous Maroon Band" will join the 2008 Colgate Country Showdown winners at midfield.
All Mississippi natives, the members of Nash Street are very familiar with the traditions of MSU. Growing up in Starkville, all members of the band have been fans since they were children.
"Our parents introduced us to all the rich traditions of the SEC while we wore our little MSU jerseys or cheerleading outfits," says Nash Street fiddler, Hannah Melby. "It's something that's deeply rooted within each of us... Mississippi football is part of our heritage!"
All four members of the band have attended the university. Hannah Melby and guitarist Clay Lezon are MSU alumni, while mandolinist Caroline Melby and Daniel Hare each have courses under their belts.
On playing the show, Hannah Melby notes, "It's going to be a breathtaking experience to be able to stand out on the field and play for the fans who have supported us and our MSU Bulldogs for years. I can't think of a better way to spend Labor Day weekend!"
The NCAA game will take place Saturday, September 5 at 2:30 PM CST. The game will air nationally on ESPN.
Nash Street will be available to meet the public from 12:30 to 2:00 PM CST before the game at the MSU Fan Fair. Discounts on merchandise, autographs, and drawings for free merchandise will be available at the official Nash Street tailgating tent. Official postcards that offer a 10% discount on Carry On CD's will be handed out there.
After the game, Nash Street will be inside Barnes and Noble in the Cullis Wade Depot next to the stadium giving out free autographed posters of the group. So swing by after the game if you missed them at the Fan Fair.