• Flaming Lips & Jackson Browne Work to Set World Record at Boom Boom

    Benny’s Boom Boom Room on Front Street, Hattiesburg, played host to Jackson Browne and the Flaming Lips during June 2012. After stops in Memphis, Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, The Lips planted a very early morning kiss on the Hub City.

    Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne joined them on the Hub City stage as The Lips attempted to break a Guinness World Record title for The Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours in Multiple Cities.

  • Hi-Hat Club

    It was, at one time, one of the important stops on what was known as the “chitlin circuit,” featuring the likes of B.B. King, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Al Green, Ike and Tina Turner, James Brown, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Louis Armstrong, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Fats Domino and many others.

  • Tal’s Music Emporium

    In the Pine Belt, when music of days gone by comes to mind, many may think of Tal’s Music and Dart Emporium, The Stone Toad, Tal’s Corral or The Library. All were hangouts of Tal DeCell through the years. And they too featured their fair share of big name musicians during the day.

    A former Marine, boxer who made a name for himself, and University of Southern Mississippi graduate with a degree in psychology, DeCell sold insurance for about six months after graduation.

    In 1968, he purchased a jukebox bar on U.S. 49, The Capri Lounge, which he later renamed The Stone Toad.

  • Hub City Hooked Number of Big-Name Performers

    As far back as the ’50s and ’60s, USM played host to a number of big-name concerts. Reed Green Coliseum, built in 1965, and Bennett Auditorium both welcomed musical guests. We’re talking BIG NAME musical guests.

    While some of these highly-acclaimed musicians performed with the USM symphony, others were just touring bands, who made a stop in the Hub City, usually on a week-day night following a stop in Memphis, Birmingham, Mobile or New Orleans on its way to Texas, Florida or other venues along the way.

  • Bittersweet: HCLO Faces Possible Final Curtain

    As Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera celebrates its two Best of the Pine Belt nominations for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and prepares to launch the final two shows of its forty-second season, The Who’s Tommy and Evita, the venerable Hattiesburg institution also faces the harsh reality that is afflicting arts organizations across the country. “Unless something changes very quickly, next season, HCLO’s 43rd, will be our last,” said Lindsay Williams, HCLO President.

  • Time To Tee Up For WUSM

    Proudly celebrating its 65th birthday, WUSM-FM 88.5 is as feisty and edgy as ever, still radiating the energetic and youthful vibe that grew it into the broadcasting powerhouse it is today.  Voted “Best of the Pine Belt” radio station for five years running, WUSM brings the community a wildly diverse roots playlist that appeals to all ages. The nonprofit station showcases music from local, regional, national and international artists to amplify the culture of the Greater Hattiesburg music-loving community.

  • Rifles, Rosary Beads and Remembering What Most of Us Try to Forget

    Still, the nation’s veterans are a group of brave individuals who no matter what soldier on. For her new album, “Rifles and Rosary Beads,” singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier (say “Go-Shay” ya’ll – as she likes to say) bravely sat down with several of the nation’s Vets and put their complicated feelings into simple, visceral songs.

  • A Dose of the Holy Ghost

    A few years ago, while visiting her brother in New York City, arts council director Rebekah Stark Johnson read a news article about a Harlem church that catered to the curiosity of visitors. People from far and wide would purchase tickets to experience the soulful worship of a traditional African American gospel church.
    The familiar traditional sounds that come from the open doors of churches right here in Mississippi, accentuate the spirit that makes us unique. 

  • Homes of Hope

    The third annual Si Robertson Sporting Clay Competition to benefit Homes of Hope for Children will take place Friday, March 23, at Pine Belt Gun Club in Lumberton. Quickly growing to be one of the top skeet shooting tournaments in the state, last year’s event boasted more than 400 contestants along with top-notch food and beverages all at one of the newest private shooting clubs in the South.

  • Turn $100 Into $100K

    The chance of having an extra $100 grand doesn’t happen all that often. United Way of Southeast Mississippi (SEMS) makes that dream a close reality each year through the United Way $100K Payday fundraiser. Last year, it happened for retired Army veteran Onix Rodriguez.

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