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How are hit-makers, Maroon 5, Nelly, Gym Class Heroes and even Vanilla Ice helping to bring Gulfport back in a big way?

"Big time entertainment, world-class entertainment.  They are names that people know and want to come see,"  Ryan LaFontaine with the City of Gulfport said.

70 music acts will hit the stage as part of Gulfport's 3-day music fest at Jones Park starting on Friday, May 18th and running through Sunday May 20th.

Last year the music fest was held in Downtown Gulfport, but this year it will be held in Jones Park.

"This year we are moving it to the park to show all we've done in Jones Park.  42-million dollars worth of upgrades,"  LaFountaine said.

Jones Park is now completely redone years after Hurricane Katrina flushed 18 feet of water into the area.  

"This is the way to show the world that Gulfport has come back bigger and better."

Bill West is the Vice President of Mississippi Media.  West said as far as ticket sales go, people are willing to make the drive to Gulfport. 

"42 percent of the people are coming to the fest aren't from Mississippi counties.  About 20 percent are from Louisiana,"  West said.

Whether fans are coming from near or far, the fest is one sign the coast is revitalized and a place people want to be.

"Shows just how far we've come since then, and it's cause for a celebration,"  West said.

Maroon 5 closes out the fest on Sunday night at 8:45 p.m.    Other acts included:  Gary Allen, Cobra Starship and many more.  

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