Rockin’ to Restore the Ellis, a new quarterly concert series aimed at restoring the historic Ellis Theater in downtown Philadelphia, kicks off Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.

The series will be presented by the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Musicians Guild and the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Arts Council.

 Arts Council President Jacob Starks said that the goal of the series is to raise money for the restoration of the historic theater.

“If you don’t put any work into the building, it’s going to be run down,” Starks said. “You have to gradually keep it up and restore it.”

Built in 1926, the Ellis Theater is the venue for numerous concerts, plays and performances in Philadelphia.

“The restoration of the Ellis is an ongoing project. There’s a lot to be done,” Starks said. “We are always looking at making little repairs to fix little things here and there. For a building of that age, there is always work to be done.”

Planning for the series began in October when the Arts Council began collaborating with the Musicians Guild. Several musicians got involved in the project, and the event evolved from there.

Rockin’ to Restore the Ellis will feature multiple acts, mostly local members of the Musicians Guild. The music will range from county to folk and rock. Admission for the two-hour show is $5 and half of the proceeds will go towards renovations and improvements while the other half will go towards the Musicians Guild.

“Filling up the Ellis with people and good live, local music is definitely the way to go,” Starks said. “It showcases a different genre of music and an arts group that hasn’t necessarily gotten a spotlight through the Arts Council before. It exposes the community to a lot of local talent.”

Starks said organizers have high hopes for the event and would like to pack the house.

Tickets are on sale at the public library, Arts Council office and from any member in the Musicians Guild.