• AWARD SHOW looks TO BE BIGGEST, BEST

    When Signature Magazine publisher David Gustafson threw out the idea of hosting a Oscar-style, red carpet award show in conjunction with FestivalSouth’s annual ‘Best of the Pine Belt’ competition five years ago, even his own staff raised an eyebrow or two.
    But thanks to their encouragement and hard work – and the overwhelming support of the greater Pine Belt community – the annual Best of the Pine Belt Award Show became a reality and has quickly become one of the biggest and most-talked-about nights of the year.

  • Filmsnob: Miles Doleac

    Homo Universalis – doing important work at home

  • Noteworthy: Best of the Best

    Before we dive in, let us briefly examine what makes a Greatest Hits truly worthy of its vaunted moniker. Personally, I own four separate Otis Redding compilations, but he does not make the list. Before you come at me with pitchforks, hear me out. Redding, while both amazing and essential, did not have a career long enough (1963-1967) to best encapsulate his stature as both a singer and songwriter. As a singles artists, his songs are ones to return to again and again. However, their progress and growth are best illustrated in one of the numerous Stax Records collections.

  • Linda Eder brings diverse repertoire to Hub City

    Linda Eder will return to Hattiesburg this month as she performs for the second time during FestivalSouth, which runs June 8-22. This year Eder returns as the FestivalFinale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Saenger Theater.
    Eder made her FestivalSouth debut  during the summer of 2015. When asked about performing in Hattiesburg at that time, Eder said she hoped it wouldn’t be her last. Lucky for Pine Belt residents, it won’t be.

  • Signature Q&A: Linda Eder

    LINDA EDER, 58, will be featured as this year’s FestivalSouthFinale performer along with the FestivalSouth Orchestra. Showcasing one of the greatest voices of our time, Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Eder began her career right out of high school, eventually landing a gig at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. But it was her appearance on the 1987 season of “Star Search,” during which she won for an unprecedented 12 straight weeks, which attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike. 

  • Meet Your Neighbor: David Ott

    A product of the Hub City, David Ott had to leave for several years to truly appreciate what he was missing back in south Mississippi.
    Ott’s family, which included three brothers and two first cousins who grew up with them, were quite a handful for his mother.
     “There were six or seven guys in a three-bedroom house (on Miller Street),” Ott said. “It was fun. I was just glad I was the youngest. I would sleep anywhere.”
    He said it was a shock when one of his brothers got married and his sister-in-law actually moved into the house.

  • 7th Annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival Sat. June 15

    Just in time for Father’s Day, the Downtown Association announces Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival set for from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in Town Square Park. Presented in partnership with Corner Market, the 7th annual festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. 

  • Prologue: Join Us As We Celebrate

    I have been fortunate to be a part of FestivalSouth since its inception. Though I have been involved in many facets of the event, it has been my distinct privilege to serve as artistic director for the past five years. Building on the incredible strengths of our community, FestivalSouth has become synonymous with excellence in the arts, offering programming and representing the wealth of talent we enjoy as a community.

  • 2nd Annual BOPB Pub Crawl & Kick Off Party - May 31, 2019

    This year Signature Magazine is shaking things up a bit to keep the Best of the Pine Belt party going all month long and to amp up the excitement.

    June 1 marks the second annual Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame dinner with the BOPB Awards Show winding down FestivalSouth with a gala show on Friday, June 28, at the Saenger Theater.

  • Best of the Pine Belt voting underway!

    Voting for Festival South and Signature Magazine's annual Best of the Pine Belt competition is now underway.

    To vote, simply click on one of the following choices:

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