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The British are coming! FestivalSouth celebrates the Hattiesburg Concert Association’s 25th Anniversary by presenting a concert event featuring the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and more Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hattiesburg Saenger Theatre. The British Invasion: Music of Rock’s Greatest British Bands, is created by the producers of Motown Downtown Revival and Woodstock 50. Tickets are now on sale for this one-night-only special event at festivalsouth.org.

“This is a great show with great songs and great performers,” said Jay Dean, Co-artistic director of FestivalSouth and event producer. “If you enjoyed our Woodstock 50th Anniversary show in 2019 and our Motown Downtown Revival show that ended FestivalSouth this past summer, you are going to love this tribute to the great bands that started the British Invasion back in the 1960s. And…as we did with our Woodstock concert, all patrons are encouraged to wear your favorite 1960s attire! The more ‘60s, the better!” 

The arrival of the Beatles in the U.S., and appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show marked the start of the British Invasion, a mid-1960’s phenomenon when rock and pop music groups from Great Britain became wildly popular in the United States. The Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits and The Who dominated the music charts and rocked the world.

The show features many locals and Southern Miss alums, including singers Landon Morrow, Joe VanZandt, and David Walker with band members Joseph Britain, Lowery Hicks, Barry Leach, and Stephen Taylor. Florida-native Dustin Gonzalez rounds out the group.

The Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA), parent organization of FestivalSouth and The Meistersingers, celebrates their 25th anniversary of bringing high quality arts events to the Pine Belt.

“The exemplary quality of the Meistersinger and FestivalSouth performances we enjoy today are direct results of the dedication to excellence of so many of our performers and artistic directors over the last 25 years,” said Amanda Powell, chairwoman of the HCA. “Hattiesburg is a city rich with talent and creativity and the HCA is grateful to continue to be a part of the cultivation of this community.” 

General admission tickets are $25 and available exclusively at festivalsouth.org. Due to Covid-19 protocols, tickets will be limited, and patrons will be required to wear masks, and we will follow all current Covid guidelines at the time of the event.

For more information, visit festivalsouth.org.

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