Piney Woods Picnic - Music To Your Ears

The Piney Woods Picnic, still in its infancy, but growing rapidly each year, was established to create awareness for preservation of the Bouie and Leaf rivers, and the American music deeply rooted in the region right through the “birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll.”

This year’s three-day event is set Sept. 15, 16 and 17 at Elks Music Park in Dixie. The music lineup, which kicks off at 5pm Sept. 14, includes Webb Wilder & The Beatnecks, Kenny Brown, Dave Jordan & The NIA, Cary Hudson, South Jones, Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds, Carbon Brothers, PineBelt Pickers, Galen Martin & The Crutches, The Icemen, Squid & The Whale, Mark Mann, Joe Johnson, Thomas Jackson, Wes Lee, Mississippi Shakedown and more.

 Through social media, seminars, events and the annual three-day festival in the early fall, organizers intend to reach out to the general population offering information on how to enhance environmental and economic revitalization through organizations like the Land Trust of the Mississippi Coastal Plains and the support of local musicians.

The Pascagoula River System is the largest unimpeded waterway in the “lower 48,” and its Bouie and Leaf tributaries are considered some of the best paddling in Mississippi. The goal is to assist the Piney Woods Land Trust (a soon to be subsidiary of the Land Trust of the Mississippi Coastal Plains: in raising funds to maintain lands donated or purchased for preservation and/or ecotourism.

This annual event is sponsored by  The Shop Downtown, Stokes Distributing, WUSM, Bianchi’s Pizzeria, T-Bones Records & Cafe, Bakery & Graham Dental, Bancorp South, SouthBound Bagel, Southern Bone & Joint, Sidelines Sports Care, Historic Downtown Hattiesburg, Sacks Outdoors, Lamar Advertising, Hattiesburg Arts Council, GroveRide Now and Slowboat Brewery

The organizers intend to support the art of music and its development by the state’s native sons and daughters through workshops and networking with supporter’s gifts and grants.

But don’t forget the unspoken mission – to have fun!

The intention of the weekend is to team up with area businesses to provide a fun and safe environment while sharing information with attendees. The sponsorships they provide help reach a larger audience, provide resources for conservation efforts, scholarships and benefits for musicians.

Elks Music Park is located at 53 Lomas Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401,

Ticket options: (

(Sales end Sept. 14)

• Thursday Pass, $10

• Friday Pass, $15

• Saturday Pass, $20

• Camping Pass, $15

• Cooler Fee, $10

• Camper with hookups, $50

• Sunday Gospel Brunch, $10

• PWP Family Member Pass (VIP), $50 – included weekend pass with camping, cooler fee, early check in, VIP access area, complimentary golf cart shuttle

Cabins – $750, air conditioned with private shower/toilet. Sleeps up to 18. Includes 10 tickets with golf cart shuttle service around the park, PWP Family access areas, swimming pool and amenities, $100 is a deposit refundable at checkout.