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Annual Roots Reunion Show Set for Dec. 5 in Hattiesburg PDF Print E-mail
Monday, November 23, 2009
Contact Tearanny Street - 601.266.6823   

An eclectic mix of South Mississippi musicians will showcase their talents during the 11th season of the Roots Reunion live radio show Saturday, Dec. 5 from 7-9 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg.

Created to provide a venue for Mississippi’s traditional performers of varying musical styles and talents, this segment of Roots Reunion will feature five new acts in the historic Saenger.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, School of Music and Entertainment Industry Program present this show bi-annually at no charge. Listeners can tune-in to WUSM 88.5 FM to hear the show broadcast live throughout Hattiesburg and worldwide at

Artists include Walthall County bluesman and guitarist Louis Arzo “Gearshifter” Youngblood; 15-year old bluegrass sensation Arial Jade; fiddle and acoustic guitarist duo Bill Ellison and Temperance Babcock; the only all-girl Jackson-based, Irish band St. Brigid's; the Roots Reunion house band, Patchwork String Band and Southern Miss music industry professor and harmonica wizard Paul Linden.

“This year’s Roots Reunion will feature Celtic music and the Jackson Irish Dancers, in addition to blues, bluegrass and old-time string band performers,” said Louis Kyriakoudes, director of the center at Southern Miss.

CDs and other merchandise will be sold after the show for audience members who wish to take home music and promotional material from their favorite artists.

“An added, special feature will take place in the Saenger lobby immediately after the show. Irish musicians will conduct a “session,” which is an informal gathering where musicians play tunes, sing songs, dance and visit,” said Kyriakoudes.

The Southern Miss College of Arts and Letters, Mississippi Arts Commission, Domino’s  Pizza, Lenny’s Sub Shop, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Hattiesburg, Crescent City Café, and the Southern Miss Honors College Forum serve as sponsors for the Roots Reunion.

For more information about the Roots Reunion, contact the Southern Miss Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at 601.266.4574.

Arial Jade

Louis Arzo

St. Brigid’s

Bill Ellison and Temperance Babcock

Paul Linden

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