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Fourth FestivalSouth to be held June 8 through 22

FestivalSouth artistic director Jay Dean speaks to media and local business and political leaders Tuesday. FestivalSouth artistic director Jay Dean speaks to media and local business and political leaders Tuesday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Blues, country and classical musicians from around the world will gather in Hattiesburg for two weeks in June for FestivalSouth, Mississippi's only multi-genre arts festival.

It's the fourth year for the event, which runs from June 8-22.

During that period, more than 50 performances will take place at various coffee shops, bookstores, eateries, churches and other venues in the Hub City.

"We always have everything from opera to bluegrass and symphonic music to rock and roll," said Jay Dean, artistic director for FestivalSouth. "We have things for senior citizens, we have events for young children," he said.   

"The events this year are Broadway caliber, New York caliber, very big show, big city things that happen right here in Hattiesburg with local and with international performers," said Mike Lopinto, public relations and marketing director for FestivalSouth. 

This year's highlights include an opening night performance by The Blues Brotherhood, a limited engagement production of the musical Hairspray at the Saenger Theater and a special concert featuring famed Nashville songwriter and Hattiesburg native Craig Wiseman.

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