FestivalSouth

By STAFF REPORTS,

With the 10th anniversary of FestivalSouth fast approaching, June8-22, tickets are already available at festivalsouth.org for this year’s two-week festival.

FestivalSouth events return to venues across the Pine Belt this June with a fun-filled line-up of events, performances, and opportunities. 

Presented by the Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA), FestivalSouth is Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre festival, offering both free and ticketed events that showcase the area’s rich creative economy. There is something for everyone!

This season includes several teaser events leading up to the official opening on Saturday, June 8. Starting with the FestivalSouth World Championship Golf Classic and Best of the Pine Belt Pub Crawl on May 31 through a sneak peek of Broadway’s Sister Act, featuring the Hub City Player’s, the stage will be set for two weeks of fun, with nearly 70 events at all times of day and for every age.

Golf Classic

The golf classic, a two-person scramble,  features four divisions, and will be played at Canebrake Country Club and Hattiesburg Country Club.

According to Sid Gonsoulin, who is heading up the tournament, in order to provide fair competitions, teams will be paired against teams with similar handicaps. There are a variety of sponsorships available.

Pub Crawl

This year Signature Magazine is shaking things up a bit to keep the Best of the Pine Belt party going all month long and to amp up the excitement.

June 1 marks the second annual Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame dinner with the BOPB Awards Show winding down FestivalSouth with a gala award show on Friday, June 28, at the Saenger Theater.

But to get people in the right frame of mine, Signature is kicking the May 31 weekend up a notch when it hosts the 2nd Annual Best of the Pine Belt Pub Crawl featuring the Hub City Sound Machine with performances by The Prom Knights, Burns & Jane, and Baby Jackalope.

The night gets started with a Block Party from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Porter in downtown Hattiesburg. After that, things really get going and the crawl is off with rotations to nearby locales.

The Shop Downtown will feature music from Burns & Jane, while Benny’s Boom Boom Room hosts The Prom Knights, and Baby Jackalope will position themselves at Blu Jazz Cafe. 

To make the Pub Crawl experience the best it can be, crawlers will be divided into three groups, and will visit each venue on a rotating basis. 

The sets run from 7:45-8:15 p.m., 8:30-9 p.m. and 9:15-9:45 p.m. with 15-minute intervals to allow each group to move from location to location. 

From 10 p.m.-midnight, all three groups of crawlers will convene downstairs at Front Street Bar for the BOPB Pub Crawl Finale featuring the Hub City Sound Machine.

Tickets will be available for purchase prior to the event. A $10 pub crawl ticket includes a limited edition wrist band, commemorative cup and exclusive drink discounts at each stop on the pub crawl. 

A $20 VIP ticket includes a dedicated registration table, limited edition wristband, commemorative cup, exclusive drink discounts at each stop on the pub crawl, – a burger and beer from The Porter and a complimentary dessert at 206 Front. 

Tickets to see the Hub City Sound Machine will also be available for purchase at the door at Front Street Bar for $10.

Sister Act

Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical and based on the smash-hit film, Sister Act features an original score by eight-time Oscar and 10-time Grammy Award winner Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Enchanted).

 Presented by Forrest County, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship takes to the stage June 6-8 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus with performances nightly at 7:30 and a special matinee at 1 p.m.  June 8.

FS FILM EXPO

On Father’s Day, the FestivalSouth Film Expo (FSFX) takes over The Grand Theater for a red carpet opening and hosts the “Music in the Movies Series” Double Feature, King Creole and Viva Las Vegas, featuring Elvis Presley. Other movies in the series include The Last Waltz, Purple Rain, The Dark Crystal – with live orchestra, This is Spinal Tap, All That Jazz, Almost Famous and the B.B. King documentary, The Life or Riley.

FESTIVAL FINALE

The FestivalFinale, presented by Forrest General, welcomes back one of the most acclaimed performers to the Saenger, Broadway legend Linda Eder. She joins the FestivalOrchestra in a triumphant evening of song at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

BEST OF PINE BELT AWARD SHOW

But wait, though the daily events might have ended, showcasing the area’s choices for the best and brightest, the Best of the Pine Belt Award Show wraps up an incredible month of June on Friday, June 28, at the Saenger in downtown Hattiesburg. 

Sponsored by Signature Magazine, this event is a perfect way to cap off the 10th anniversary of FestivalSouth. 

Tickets are available now at festivalsouth.org or (800) 844-8425.