HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For the third-straight year Back Door Coffeehouse will host the Tripod Festival, beginning this Friday night.
The Back Door Coffeehouse is a monthly event held at University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg for the past 25 years. The Tripod Fest will include visual arts, music and writing performances and workshops.
"This is our third annual tripod, it's always held in November," said co-manager of Back Door Coffeehouse David Walker. "Tripod is different from the Coffeehouse because we have great performances at the coffeehouse listening room, but the next day the artist who performed for Tripod put on workshops in their particular skills and disciplines. "
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, but organizers said attendees need to be there around 7 p.m. if you can to get a good seat. Everything is donation only.
Saturday morning the workshops will start around 9 a.m. and cost $30, which includes four hours of intense group time with the artist. Lunch will also be included.
"This year we have Kate Campbell, who's everybody's favorite singer-songwriter from Nashville around here," Walker said. "Kate's going to be the headliner along with her best buddy, and incredible guitarist, Scott Ainslie, who also is a Nashville musician."
They will be conducting workshops on Saturday, and Campbell will be songwriting and Ainslie will be guitar and blues techniques.
Also, author Sharon Gerald will be conducting a creative writing workshop and USM visual artist Janet Gorzegno will conduct an "adventures in drawing" workshop that will include a human model.
"If you have somebody that is a younger person that is really someone that needs to be in a special event like this, check with us in advance because we have big-hearted artists," Walker said. "They are always looking for the next voice."
Walker said that because of the generous sponsors, the group is able to keep the admission price to donations only.