Great music and family fun will be had at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Jazz and Blues Festival Saturday, March 30 at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. This year’s festival, open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., will feature the Rochelle Harper Band, the Excelsior Band, the Coast Big Band and Larry Panella and the Gospel Jazz Project.
The Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival is free and open to the public. The Easter egg hunt, for children ages 12 and under, will begin promptly at 11 a.m. in front of the library. In addition to the Easter egg hunt, a variety of children’s activities will be available. These activities are sponsored by various student organizations at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.
Local artist Elizabeth Huffmaster has been commissioned for a third year to provide a one-of-a-kind painting representing this year’s festival. T-shirts, along with signed and numbered poster prints featuring Huffmaster’s painting, will be available for purchase at the festival.
The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint on Highway 53 andPort City Café are among a variety of food and drink vendors taking part in the festival. The event will also feature arts and crafts vendors set up throughout the festival grounds.
The musical lineup for the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival is:
The festival is sponsored by Clear Channel Communications, Lamar Advertising, Sun Herald Multimedia and WLOX-TV. Proceeds received from the festival will be used to further develop the Southern Miss Gulf Coast student organizations.
During the Jazz and Blues Festival, Southern Miss Gulf Coast administrators, faculty, staff and students will take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the completed restoration projects for Hardy Hall and Lloyd Hall.
The Southern Miss Gulf Park campus is at 730 East Beach Boulevard in Long Beach. For more information on the festival, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/jazz-blues.