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Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival to Feature Two Stages, Family Fun

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Local artist Elizabeth Huffmaster has been commissioned for a fourth 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.

For the fifth year in a row of great music and family fun, The University of Southern Mississippi will host its Jazz and Blues Festival Saturday, April 19, at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. This year’s festival includes a second stage to feature more musical performances than ever before.

Free and open to the public, the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival is a day of fun and music for families and people of all ages. The Easter egg hunt, for children ages 12 and under, will begin promptly at 11 a.m. near the festival grounds. 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 fourth 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 and Port City Café are among a variety of food and drink vendors to take part at the festival. The festival 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:

Main stage:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Larry Panella
  • 12:30 – 2 p.m. The Coast Big Band
  • 2:30 – 4 p.m. Excelsior Band
  • 4:30 – 6 p.m. Mississippi Rail Company

Side stage:

  • 12 – 12:30 p.m. Jessie Loya
  • 2 – 2:30 p.m. Jimmy Robinson
  • 4 – 4:30 p.m. Jimmy Robinson

In addition to the new musical performers and second stage, the university is inviting Southern Miss alumni to attend this festival as a Premiere Alumni Event. After registering at the university’s Alumni Association tent, Southern Miss alumni will receive a free festival t-shirt designed by Huffmaster, free photo booth photo, and an entry to win university door prizes.

The festival is sponsored by Lamar Advertising, Magic 93.7, Sun Herald Multimedia and WLOX-TV. Proceeds received from the festival will be used to further develop the Southern Miss Gulf Coast student organizations.

The Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus at 730 East Beach Boulevard in Long Beach. For more information on the festival, please visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/jazz-blues.