For the second-consecutive year, 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.
The fun kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at The Thirsty Hippo with performances by Ty Trehorn, Marshall McKellar of The Devil Music Co., Mississippi Shakedown, and The Icemen.
Each band will present a 45-minute set.
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.
A second event will take place the following weekend at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Slowboat Brewery in Laurel featuring performances by all of this year’s “Best New/Emerging Artist” nominees: Down & Good, Eric Woods, Colt Browning, Lil’ Detroit, and Zach Koch.
Just like the April 27 event, there will be a $5 cover charge with all proceeds equally benefitting this year’s nominees for Most-effective Non Profit Organization. And again, all votes cast in “Arts, Culture, and Entertainment” categories at the specially-marked BOPB kiosks will count as triple.
The Best of the Pine Belt contest is held in conjunction with Hattiesburg’s FestivalSouth, a multi-genre arts festival held each June.
Winners in select categories will be announced during the Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Saenger Theater. The remainder of the awards will be featured in the July issue of Signature Magazine, which will be available at the end of the awards show.
“We’re excited about this BOPB contest where we’ve already seen an incredible number of votes cast,” said Signature Publisher David Gustafson. “We’re also looking forward to this year’s awards show, which promises to be bigger and better than last year. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy a night of great music, while also casting votes in your favorite categories.”