• What's In My Closet: Music Festival Edition

    My parents are brave. I say that because at the ripe age of 17 and a senior in high school, they let me attend my first-ever music festival. Not a big deal these days, but “back then” it was a HUGE deal. Smart phones were ridiculously expensive and not everyone had one. The “Find my Friend” app didn’t exist and it wasn’t an actual feature on a phone. Google Maps wasn’t very popular so my friend, Ginnie, and I printed out directions from the Mapquest website and took a road atlas along just to be safe.

  • Pine Belt Paparazzo

    What more appropriate canvas than our Music issue for this year’s Best of the Pine Belt nominees for Best Live Music Photographer to showcase their talent. From the pit to the stage, these works by Sarah Douglas, Chad Edwards, Keith Kujath, Rob Walker and Amanda Kyrie are all winners. But only one can be named to the coveted top spot, which will be announced in the July issue of Signature Magazine. Click the picture above to view the slideshow. 

  • Krewe of Elks celebrate 53rd Carnival Season

    Photo by Dearest Photography 

    The Krewe of Elks celebrated their 53rd carnival season at their royal coronation and carnival ball Saturday, Feb. 23. Committee chairs were Martha Johnson, Patsy Hawkins; Social, Sheila Calhoun; and Court, Janie Williamson. The new King and Queen were greeted in a “Casablanca” themed ballroom.

  • Krewe of St. Fabian announce king & queen

    Photos courtesy of Steve Coleman

    Queen Belle 2019

    Although originally from Bassfield, Rhonda Irizarry is no stranger to Mardi Gras, nor is she a stranger to the fun-loving group known as the Krewe of Saint Fabian, whose main goal is raising money for the St. Fabian Church Building Fund. Her active participation in so many ministries, her constant display of love and loyalty, and her contagious, jovial attitude, made Rhonda the unanimous choice for Queen Belle 2019. 

  • Mystic Krewe of Zeus enjoys dinner dance

    Photo by Lee Cave 

    The Mystic Krewe of Zeus celebrated the beginning of the carnival season at their annual Dinner Dance on Feb. 16 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

    A traditional “Bal Masque´” was the theme of the evening.

  • Prologue: Listen Local. Listen Often

    It’s no secret that music is an important part of my life. In fact, some of my fondest early memories of growing up in northeast Oklahoma involve standing over my mother’s shoulder while she played the piano.

    I couldn’t sing a lick – and still can’t – but that didn’t stop me from belting out the lyrics to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” or Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler.”

    My oldest sister, Donna, opened my ears – and eyes – to the marvels of live music in the late 1970s when she took me to see Willie Nelson, my very first concert.

  • Rooted in the Piney Woods

    Photo by Keith Kujath 

    Cary Hudson’s roots run deep in the Pine Belt of south Mississippi. Raised in Sumrall with time spent in Jackson and Oxford, he toured extensively before making his way back. It’s here where he’s most at home – both with his life and with his music.

  • Film Snob: The Rest of My Life

    “If it’s dark or bright, I’ve got to go where you are”  - Duke Ellington’s ‘Chlo-E’

    Mood Indigo was a novel published in 1947, and if read with that in mind will raise an eyebrow to the genius that was Boris Vian. Vian died in 1959 at the ripe age of 39 at a screening of I Will Spit on Your Graves, another film that had been adapted from his literary works. 

  • Noteworthy: Your Hit Parade

    In Japan, cultures are taught at the youngest age to honor their elders. The generation gap continues to turn large groups of people culturally against each other. So given how every generation enjoys the thrust and commonality of its brand of Pop, this is a great time to turn back the clock and see where it all originated.

  • 2019 Best of the Pine Belt Finalists

    The following individuals and businesses are among this year's finalists in Signature Magazine's annual "Best of the Pine Belt" competition, held in conjunction with FestivalSouth. Voting begins Feb. 14 at www.festivalsouth.org – Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!

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