Back in the day, Tony Hatch composed the song “Downtown,” which was recorded by Petula Clark in 1964. Yes, 55 years ago. The song became an international hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Since that time the song has been covered by many singers, including Dolly Parton, Emma Bunton and The Saw Doctors.
But it’s the lyrics that are still true today, especially this weekend when a host of activities are planned for none other than Downtown Hattiesburg.
When you're alone, and life is making you lonely
|You can always go - Downtown
When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know - Downtown
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the cityLinger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown, things'll be great when you're downtown...
The weekend weather is forecast to be almost perfect with no rain on the horizon and the Hub City has got you covered in the entertainment department. You won’t be bored this weekend, not if you’re Downtown.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26|
Live at Five H'Burg with Neal Francis
5-10 p.m. @ Town Square Park
This week’s Live at Five H'Burg presents Neal Francis at 5 p.m. in Town Square Park. This is a free, outdoor live music series held in Downtown Hattiesburg. Live @ Five takes place on Friday evenings in the spring and fall from 5-10pm. The events are sponsored by local businesses and organizations and produced by Live @ Five Productions, LLC. Admission is free and food and beverage are available for purchase! Bring a blanket, lawn-chair, neighbor, friend, or your whole family and come on out!
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Hattie100 Bike Ride
7 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ Hattiesburg Depot
Hattie Hundred 2019 is a bike ride that offers 100-mile, 88-mile, 65-mile, 30-mile, and a family ride (5-mile) courses on The Longleaf Trace, as well as a 100-mile off Trace ride. Your adventure will begin at the Hattiesburg Train Depot and follow the Longleaf Trace along a portion of the Mississippi Central Railroad Line.
The 5, 30, 65, 88 and 100-mile on Trace rides will remain on the Longleaf Trace, while the 100-mile off Trace will explore county roads in Lamar and Jeff Davis counties. There will be four rest stops located on the Longleaf Trace and two additional rest stops on the off Trace 100-mile route. All 88 and 100 milers must check in at Bassfield Rest Stop on the Longleaf Trace by 11 a.m. All participants must be finished by 3 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
6th Annual Voodoo (Zombie) 5K & Downtown Crawfish Jam
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. @ Walthall Park
The 21st annual Downtown Crawfish Jam Music Festival, presented in part by Southern Beverage, is set for April 27 at Walthall Park. DCJ is one of several fun neighborhood events hosted by the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood throughout the year and serves as their largest fundraiser for the Walthall Foundation.
The festival will kick off this year at 8 a.m. with the 6th Annual USM CPSG's (Council Psychol-ogy Student Government) Voodoo (Zombie) 5K run. The Voodoo run will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown Hattiesburg, ending at Walthall Park at 9:30 a.m. prior to the start of the Downtown Crawfish Jam. For more details about the 5K, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ CPSG5Krun.
Music is set to start at 11 a.m. and run until 5:30 p.m. The Downtown Crawfish Jam also offers boiled crawfish, hot dogs, sausage dogs and hamburgers, soft drinks and beer, a Kids Zone with various slides and jumps for kids of all ages, and a family-friendly atmosphere.
For more information visit www.DCJ-hburg.blogspot.com or find us on Facebook at Downtown Crawfish Jam or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Signature BOPB Musical Showcase|
7 p.m. @ The Thirsty Hippo
Signature Magazine is giving Best of the Pine Belt voters a front row seat to see and hear some of his year’s nominated bands perform live and in person. In fact, this year there will be two chances – one in Hattiesburg and one in nearby Laurel on May 4th.
The fun kicks off at 7 p.m. at The Thirsty Hippo with performances by Ty Trehern, Marshall McKellar of The Devil Music Co., Mississippi Shakedown, and The Icemen.
During the evening, all votes cast in “Arts, Culture, and Entertainment” categories at specially-marked BOPB kiosks will count not once, but three times.
There is a $5 cover charge with all proceeds equally benefitting this year’s nominees for Most-effective Non-Profit Organization including: Christian Services, Extra Table, Hub City Humane Society, The Children’s Center for Communication and Development, and the Hattiesburg Arts Council’s SmART Space program.
The Best of the Pine Belt contest is held in conjunction with Hattiesburg’s FestivalSouth, a multi-genre arts festival held each June.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Hattiesburg Concert Band
3 p.m. @ Saenger Theater
The City of Hattiesburg Concert Band’s final concert of the season is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Saenger Theater. This is a free concert of quality band music. Conducted by Sherman Hong and Assistant Conductor Kyle Hill, the concert will also feature the premier compositions by Wes Cameron of the William Carey University music faculty.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
GAME OF THRONES VIEWING
6:30 p.m. @ Saenger Theater
Winter is at the Saenger....who will survive?
The moment everyone has anticipated...The Battle of Winterfell is here, which just happens to be the largest battle ever filmed in TV history.
Grab your bannermen and head downtown to find out who will be the true ruler of the North. Free admission, with the chance to win ultimate bragging rights and a cool prize with the costume contest. Special Game of Thrones cocktails and snacks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a replay of Season 8 Episode 2 beginning at 6:45 p.m. A live Stream of Season 8 Episode 3 will begin at 8 p.m.