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FestivalSouth 2012 to feature 75 events

Organizers of FestivalSouth 2012 announced the line up of performers for this year's event during a news conference Wednesday. Organizers of FestivalSouth 2012 announced the line up of performers for this year's event during a news conference Wednesday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Dozens of musicians, including an internationally-renowned gospel singer, will perform in Hattiesburg as part of Mississippi's only multi-genre music and arts festival. The 3rd annual, FestivalSouth will feature 75 events in the two-week period from June 9 to June 23.

Wednesday, organizers announced the line up for this year's festival.

It begins with a Beatles tribute concert at the Saenger Theater on June 9 and concludes with a performance from five-time, Grammy award-winning singer Sandi Patty at Temple Baptist Church on June 23.   

"This year, we're adding more children's events," said Jay Dean, artistic director for FestivalSouth. "We're adding all kinds of new things, new venues, new performers," Dean said. "I think we're beginning to reach out, well beyond the Hattiesburg area for this," said Betsy Rowell, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. "It's beginning to have a reputation, a very good reputation on its own," Rowell said.

"It's what we like to call, 'edutainment,' said blues guitarist Vasti Jackson of Hattiesburg. "It's entertainment and it's education and it uplifts the community," he said.  Jackson is one of the musicians who'll perform at the festival. 

Separate concert events during the festival will feature blues, pop, rock, classical and broadway music. Most of them will be free to the public.

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