• Ladies Leading the Way

    Rock ’n’ Roll has grown into an intergenerational entity. Since its birth from the hybrid strains of Country & Western and Rhythm & Blues, it grows the most when rebelling against the previous mixture of alleles. However, now Rock ’n’ Roll is entering another phase of singer/ songwriters to push it along the genetic line.

  • The underdog of American Fiction: SCIENCE FICTION

     Science Fiction (to be abbreviated SF here) continues to be a misappropriated and misunderstood genre that for its complex history should at least merit a few more writers than George Orwell (“1984”), Aldous Huxley (“Brave New World”) and Ray Bradbury (“Fahrenheit 451.”)

  • Evita: HCLO brings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical to Saenger Theater

    Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical, Evita, May 3-6 at the Historic Saenger Theater. Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to first lady of Argentina and near-sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor, illegitimate child to ambitious actress to wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.

  • 32nd annual ezra jack keats book award

    The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present the 32nd annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival on April 12. The award is a national award given to a writer and illustrator for their outstanding work.

  • 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.

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