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April 19, 2014

‘Zydeco Sweetheart’ Due South headliner

THOMASVILLE — For one day only, the downtown historic district will be filled with the sultry sounds, scrumptious smells and visual delights of what will be the biggest Due South festival to date. The Center for the Arts’ third annual celebration of Southern music, food and art will feature six bands, a massive makers market and a VIP party on Saturday.

 Gates and ticket sales at 209 W. Remington Ave. will open at 11:30 a.m. General admission costs just $10 and will give food, music and art lovers all day and night access to the event. Live music will begin at noon, with back-to-back performances by Tallahassee’s Fried Turkeys, Two Foot Level and Midnight Rain, followed by St. Simon’s Island’s Soul Gravy until 5:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and make themselves comfortable during the day’s festivities. On-site edibles and beverages will be available for purchase all day from JB Crumbs, Lucy and Leo’s, Scott’s Smokehouse, Big Easy Snowballs and more.

 A stone’s throw from the musical entertainment, from noon-5 p.m., Remington Avenue will be closed so that guests may stroll within a tented market featuring the handmade wares of 30 artisans, including jellies and jams, woodwork, hand-tooled leather, soaps, ceramics, jewelry and more. “This market is meant to reflect and celebrate the Southern maker’s movement, and all products will be exclusively Southern” said Due South coordinator Stephanie Ellis. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of the work. We’re thrilled to present these makers at Due South.”

VIP tickets of limited quantity are $125 and include select seating, the use of private indoor restrooms and complimentary evening eats from a myriad of beloved local establishments including Blue Coop, Jeanie Bracey, The Chop House, Liam’s, Fallin’s BBQ, JB Crumbs, Mom and Dad’s, Savannah Moon, Schermer Pecans, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop, The Plaza Restaurant and Barberitos. GrassLands Brewery will provide complimentary craft beer samples, and Cathead Vodka will mix up signature cocktails at this exclusive VIP party beginning at 6 p.m. Sponsor packages are still available and the “Backer” level sponsorship is only $50 more than the two VIP tickets included in the package.

Tallahassee’s Shoes and Laces will kick off the evening set at 6:30 p.m., opening for Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, who will perform at 8:30 p.m. The Wall Street Journal calls Rosie Ledet “today’s premier artist” and one “whose soulful voice kicks her male counterparts’ right out of the club.” Ledet, a Creole accordionist out of South Louisiana, released her first of nine albums in 1994 and has since been dubbed “The Zydeco Sweetheart” for her sultry voice and expressive lyrics.

Presented by Thomasville National Bank in concert with Thomasville Entertainment Foundation, Due South proceeds benefit Thomasville Center for the Arts’ adult and youth arts programs. Don’t miss this celebration of the sounds, sights and flavors of the South, in the heart of downtown Thomasville!

To pre-order tickets, and for more information, including how to become a volunteer or sponsor, or to become a Center member, visit the Center’s website at thomasvillearts.org or call 229-226--588.

 About Thomasville Center for the Arts

Thomasville Center for the Arts, formerly Thomasville Cultural Center, opened in 1986.  The new Thomasville Center for the Arts seeks to enrich, inspire, create, soothe, provoke and connect through artistic experiences.  The Center has three locations: the historic East Side School building at 600 East Washington Street, 116 S. Broad Street and 209 W. Remington Avenue.  They can be reached by calling (229) 226-0588 or online at www.thomasvillearts.org.

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