Rhythm & Roots Grows to New Heights

Rhythm & Roots Grows to New Heights

Mark your calendar. You’re going to want to remember this date.

On April 11th, Due South’s 2019 Rhythm & Roots singer-songwriter event is scheduled to put a little more soul in the South with the help of Southern rock royalty Randall Bramblett.

“Having someone with the musical pedigree of Randall Bramblett for Rhythm and Roots is a major win for us,” said David Flowers, owner of Flowers Auto Group and co-chair of Due South Art Food and Music Festival. “Randall is an outstanding lyricist and songwriter.  In addition, the stories he will be able to share from his legendary career will surely make for a powerful evening of entertainment.”

Bramblett is known for collaborating with rock legends like Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood, The Band, Chuck Leavell, Widespread Panic and many others.


Bramblett recently penned the title track for the Blind Boys of Alabama’s new Grammy Award winning album, adding to a long catalog of songs covered by music’s favorite chart-topping artists.

Rhythm & Roots is a series of intimate concerts held throughout the year aimed at spotlighting various songwriters and the stories behind their craft.  Hosted by the Thomasville Center for the Arts in conjunction with the Flowers Auto Group, the events help raise awareness and funding to support the future of art in our community.  With his impressive career and Georgia roots, Bramblett is a natural fit for this spring’s Rhythm & Roots event.

Ready to get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of this musical legend’s mind?  Click here. 

Rhythm & Roots is an intimate, BYOB evening, presented in partnership with Flowers Auto Group and Georgia Tourism. Guests are encouraged to come with a hunger for music.

#DueSouth2019 | Full Schedule

#DueSouth2019 | Full Schedule

Due South | Bourbon & Bagels
Chef-inspired cooking & mixology class.

Tuesday April 9, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Empire Bagel
Adults 21 & older
$50 per person | Click Here 


Due South | Respect the Butter
Kids cooking class featuring local chef.

Wednesday April 10, 2019 | 4 – 5 p.m.
Empire Bagel
Pre-registered Kids 12 & Under Free
Seats are limited | Suggested Donation $10


Due South | Rhythm & Roots
An intimate, BYOB evening with singer-songwriters, presented in partnership with Flowers AutoGroup and Georgia Tourism.

April 11, 2019 | 7 – 10 p.m.
The Biscuit Company
 $40 | Click here


Due South | ShinDig
Our Sponsor Party at Studio 209 is getting a refresh! Enjoy open bar, savory and sweet bites and a cook-off for the record books. Best seats in the house to enjoy Due South featuring Teddy and the Rough Riders, T Hardy Morris & headliner Nikki Lane. 

April 13, 2019 | 5 – 11 p.m.
Ritz Amphitheater + Studio 209
21+ $100 ShinDig |Ages 6-20 $50| Click Here 


Due South Concert | Presented by Thomasville National Bank
The big finale. Our open-air concert is the cornerstone of Due South Food and Music festival.

April 13, 2019 | 5 – 11 p.m.
Ritz Amphitheater
$25 | Click Here

Thomasville Center for the Arts Highlights Art Education with Contests, Performances and Programs

Thomasville Center for the Arts Highlights Art Education with Contests, Performances and Programs

While science-based STEM subjects have been in the spotlight in recent years, Thomasville Center for the Arts is celebrating artistic endeavors during national Youth Art Month, devoting March to showcasing the talents of local students.

 “Nurturing creativity through art and music brings beauty and joy to life, but what many people don’t realize is that the arts also foster valuable real-world skills — perseverance, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking, for example,” said Michele Arwood, executive director at the Center. “These are valuable proficiencies in any job, and in life.”

The activities kick off March 1 with the opening of the High School Visual Art Show Award Ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Center’s downtown location, 209 W. Remington Ave.

“For decades, this competition has served to showcase our local high school art programs, their teachers and students while recognizing talented student artists and encouraging education to pursue their artistic goals,” said Mary Oglesby, education outreach director for the Center.

High school students from Thomas County were eligible to submit their 2D and 3D artworks to the juried competition and the finalistswill be given prizes including cash and certificates. A separate portfolio competition specifically for graduating seniors will award a$1,000 scholarships for the talented recipient to study visual arts at college. 

The exhibition will run through March 28.

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‘Highway Queen’ Nikki Lane heads Due South

‘Highway Queen’ Nikki Lane heads Due South

It’s been a long, groovy road since the inception of Thomasville’s favorite springtime music festival, Due South. Now in its eighth season, Due South Music, Food and Art Festival is once again serving up a lineup that’s truly delicious – with just enough spice to keep you coming back for more.  

And we’re not just talking about the three completely new culinary events Thomasville Center for the Arts has added to this year’s festival, which will run April 9th– 13th

Nikki Lane, the headliner at the 2019 Due South, is the perfect blend of soulful Americana, country twang and old school rock-and-roll to please even the most eclectic audience member’s tastes. 

“This girl rocks,” emphasized Michele Arwood, executive director at the Center, who hosts Due South in partnership Thomasville National Bank and several other community partners each year. “Getting to celebrate artists like Nikki Lane is such a fun opportunity for our community. Combining Lane’s raw style with the regional fare and local foodies we’re incorporating into several events throughout the week means 2019 will be our boldest year yet.”

A true singer-songwriter, Lane blends potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage sixties swagger so beautifully the entirety of Thomasville’s Ritz Amphitheater will be on their feet at some point throughout the night on April 13th.  

Due South’s full lineup of events, as well as tickets for the Due South concert and ShinDig are live now at DueSouthMusic.org In the meantime, get to know Due South’s 2019 lead artist by visiting NikkiLane.com.

This Week at the Center

This Week at the Center

We’re feeling extra creative this week at the Thomasville Center for the Arts. In addition to Art in the Afternoon and open studio time at Studio 209, we hope you consider joining us for the following experiences:

  • Blended: Lizzie Jones Calligraphy
    Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. at Grassroots Coffee
    Postcards and original prints for sale through Grassroots!
  • Gullah Geechee: Making Do
    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • UnVacant Lot