Hattiesburg concert celebrates Independence Day
The Mississippi Holiday Spectacular, a pops-style concert and fireworks show celebrating America's independence, will be held at 8 p.m. July 2 at Pride Field on the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi (my alma mater). The theme is "All-American Jazz." The guest artists are Chris Cortez, a jazz guitarist and singer who plays mostly in the New Orleans area; Sethe Tucker, an up-and-coming jazz vocalist from Atlanta will do a tribute to Billy Holiday; and Dean Bellais, a well-known Hattiesburg singer.
The Mississippi Holiday Spectacular Orchestra is made up of students from USM, some faculty and musicians from Jackson, Natchez and Mobile. The finale will be traditional - the '1812 Overture' with cannons from Camp Shelby and fireworks.