DUE SOUTH | sights, sounds + tastes of the south

Thomasville Center for the Arts, in partnership with Thomasville National Bank, invite you to celebrate and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of all things southern at Due South.

We’ve been celebrating together for 12 years – hard to believe! And over the past two years we’ve realized, even more than before, that connecting to our community is just good for the soul. This year, we’re coming home and celebrating Due South for the first time at our historic arts center where children grow and explore, and artists come together to be inspired, collaborate, and invest in who they are.

In true Due South fashion, we’ve designed a weekend packed with southern goodness. Friday night kicks off with Rhythm & Roots, an evening celebrating singer-songwriters at our theater with state-of-the-art acoustics. The party really gets going on Saturday night with the popular ShinDig & Concert under the oaks on the grounds at the Center. Expect the usual favorites – open bars, the best brews & bites in the region, unique handcrafted cocktails, and concert access. We’ll wrap up the festival with a special new Sunday event, Gospel & Greens at The Biscuit Company.

the LINEUP

Rhythm & Roots (16+)

Friday, April 8, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Thomasville Center for the Arts | Theater 

Rhythm & Roots
(16+)

Friday, April 8, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Thomasville Center for the Arts | Theater 

Featuring singer songwriter Jeffrey Steele with an open bar and cocktail bites with southern flair. Tickets on sale now ($100), or become an underwriter now to secure your spot. Ages 16+.

ShinDig & Concert (16+)

Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 6:30 pm
Thomasville Center for the Arts |  Under the Oaks

ShinDig & Concert
(16+)

Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 6:30 pm
Thomasville Center for the Arts |  Under the Oaks

Featuring regional farm-to-table food with brew and wine pairings, and open-air concert headlining with Parker Millsap. Tickets on sale now ($150), or become an underwriter now to secure your spot. Ages 16+.

Gospel & Greens (All Ages)

Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 1:00 pm
The Biscuit Company | 219 Oak Street

Gospel & Greens
(All Ages)

Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 1:00 pm
The Biscuit Company | 219 Oak Street

Featuring regional southern gospel and grab-and-go lunch filled with the south’s finest ingredients. Admission is free. Food and drink available for purchase.

STAY in tune

Stay in tune with all of the festival details by following along on our social pages @thomasvillearts.

Thomasville Center for the Arts thanks all of our sponsors, volunteers, and community for your support! This festival supports operations and programming throughout the spring and summer, so we can continue to provide a place for artists of all ages.

Tickets for Rhythm & Roots and ShinDig & Concert are limited, and these events always sell out. Want to make sure you don’t miss out on a good time? Become an underwriter today to secure your tickets early.

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in the NEWS

Due South’s 12th Year: ‘Bringing It Home’ says Thomasville Center for the Arts

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March 3, 2022 – (THOMASVILLE, GA) “Connecting to community is just good for the soul,” says Mariam Mirabzadeh, festival director at Thomasville Center for the Arts.

“The last two years have really solidified the ‘why’ behind the Center’s artistic experiences. People need each other – we need music, and spirit, and thought, and an outlet for expressing all these things – but above all, we need each other.”

That’s why Mirabzadeh and her team decided it’s time to bring Due South “home.” The 2022 event will be held on the grounds of Thomasville Center for the Arts for the first time.

A staple event in Thomasville’s music and arts scene, the Center for the Arts and an entourage of dedicated volunteers have been organizing Due South for 12 years. From simple beginnings on a patch of grass and barricaded street at 209 West Remington, Due South has grown with Thomasville.

“Due South has evolved from a simple idea to create a small, outdoor, live music event here in Thomasville into a much-anticipated annual event, where the experience is elevated and unique every year,” says David Middleton, planning committee chair and an original founder of Due South.

“Due South really inspired the music scene that now exists in Thomasville, and we are hopeful that the trend continues.”

The Center’s 2nd Saturday Under the Oaks concert series, which took flight last year, gave Middleton and Mirabzadeh the proof-of-concept needed to move Due South from the Ritz Amphitheater downtown to the Center for the Arts’ historic building and oak-draped grounds. Under the Oaks caters to the neighborhood that surrounds the Center and has organically drawn patrons with its homey energy and relaxed vibe.

“Concerts under the oaks at the Center are in such a great, intimate, neighborhood setting,” says Katie Chastain, who walks to events there with her family from her home a few blocks away.

“It makes so much sense for Due South to find its way home. After all, it was originally created to bring energy and life to the neighborhood surrounding what’s known as The Bottom, and it was very successful in doing so. To now ignite that energy in the neighborhood that surrounds the Center extends Due South’s intent even further.”

Sights, sounds and tastes

Thanks to the longstanding involvement from event presenter Thomasville National Bank (TNB), and the dozens of other businesses that have supported the Center for the Arts’ mission over the years, Due South weekend brings energy and excitement to Thomasville by celebrating the sights, sounds, and tastes of the south.

“The most important thing is that we continue to help this community flourish in the best way that it can,” says TNB vice president Charlotte Hodges. “The way that Due South ties into that is that it brings us all together and really highlights the big things going on in a small town.”

And the 2022 Due South artist lineup, plus a full weekend packed with music, food, and art, is sure to draw a crowd.

“In keeping with the goal of booking exceptional, but not necessarily mainstream talent, this year’s event might be the best ever,” says Middleton.

It all kicks off on Friday, April 8 with Rhythm & Roots, featuring singer-songwriter Jeffrey Steele in Thomasville Center for the Arts’ 490-seat historic theater.

Steele, named one of Billboard Magazine’s top five writers eight years in a row, boasts over 63 million airplays on radio and television. His songs are on the lips of musical legends like Keith Urban, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Buffett, Montgomery Gentry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cher, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, and dozens more. The intimate venue, paired with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, will set the tone for the next day’s main event.

The Due South ShinDig & Concert will be held on Saturday, April 9 under the oaks at the Center, located at 600 E. Washington Street. Patrons can expect the usual favorites – an open bar, the best brews and farm-to-table bites in the region, unique handcrafted cocktails, and open-air concert with rising Americana singer Parker Millsap. Millsap returns to the Center for the Arts stage for a second time – this time as the headliner – having opened for J. J. Grey at the Wildlife Arts Festival’s Afternoon In the Field in 2016.

Hailing from small town Oklahoma, Millsap gets his musical inspiration from a hybrid of church hymns and blues, resulting in a raw blend of folk, country, and ‘50s rock and roll. His fifth album, entitled Be Here Instead and released last year, is a body of work based on curiosity, imagination, and insight.

“I’m excited,” says Millsap on his return to Thomasville. “I love going back to a place I’ve already been once because it feels comfortable already… it’s a great feeling to feel at home in so many places.”

Due South weekend will wrap on April 10 with Gospel & Greens, a new Sunday afternoon concert at The Biscuit Company. Guests can expect a casual, family-friendly atmosphere filled with the familiar warmth and soul of gospel sounds. The concert is free with food available for purchase.

Inspiring future artists

At the heart of Due South lies the Center’s mission of encouraging artistic expression and connecting people to one another. A nonprofit organization serving the community for over three decades, Thomasville Center for the Arts aims to give youth and adults the opportunity and inspiration to create, and funds raised by festivals like Due South are poured back into Center operations.

Like many of the students in the Center’s art education programs, the love of music and art started at a young age for Millsap, as well.

For aspiring musicians, he advises: “Keep writing. Keep writing, and keep writing, and if you’re interested in performing, just go find as many gigs as you can. Play as much as you can. There’s no such thing as too much practice.”

That’s pretty priceless advice coming from a 26-year-old musician who has, according to Atlanta’s Creative Loafing magazine, already impressed the likes of Sir Elton John, who gave Millsap a shout-out after attending one of his shows in 2016: “Last night in Atlanta I saw one of the best concerts I have ever seen. Parker Millsap and Sarah Jarosz. Both were astonishingly good… It restored my faith in music.”

And for Millsap, who grew up singing and playing in church with his dad, faith in – and through – music is the centerpiece of songwriting.

“What music is really about is connecting with people,” Millsap explains. It’s an acceptable form of spirituality that’s universal… and it’s thrilling.”

To be sure you get a chance to see Millsap and Steele live and local, visit thomasvillearts.org/duesouth. Sponsorship packages, including tickets for Friday and Saturday, can be purchased online now, and if space allows, stand-alone tickets will be released on March 11. More event details and links to artist bios and discographies are also available on the Center’s website.

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Thomasville Center for the Arts is a multi-disciplinary center on a mission to encourage artistic expression and purposeful creativity to connect people to one another. Now in its’ 12th year, Due South is a three-day festival celebrating the sights, sounds, and tastes of the south and connecting community through music, food, and art.  

Parker Millsap
>> parkermillsap.com

Jeffrey Steele
>> jeffreysteele.com

DownRiver Collective
>> downrivercollective.com

The Page Brothers Band
>> facebook.com/thepagebrothersband

Presenters

Headliners

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TEF
Ashley Logo B&W

Openers

BIG OAK NURSERY

CHEF LEON BRUNSON

CNS NEXT

HARPER’S SEAFOOD

ROBERT L. IRELAND &
STACEY D. FORSYTH

TERAMORE

THE BISCUIT COMPANY

SECURE RECORD SOLUTIONS

SWEET GRASS DAIRY

Roadies

Alexander & Vann

Lynn & Randy Andersen

Bunki & Ron Arline

Astro Pest Control

Blackberry Patch

Erin & Sheldon Bryan

Capital Eurocars

Rozzie Davis

Kim & Jay Flowers

Sherriee & Steve Kinsey

Haile & Ben McCollum

MMHP

Nutrien Ag Solutions

Pretoria Fields

Rose City Outdoor

Kate & Sam Scovil

Singletary’s

South Georgia Anesthesia

Jebb Tabb

Margaret & Putt Wetherbee

White Oak Pastures

Groupies

Deborah & Asa Davis

Bailey & Collier Feinberg 

Margina Gabriel

Sandra Hall

KeySouth Real Estate Group

Sherriee & Steve Kinsey 

Constance MIddleton

Knox Parker

Peggy & Scott Rich

Callie & Clay Sewell

Ali Thomas

Alston & Philip Watt

Wiregrass Electric

SIGHTS from DUE SOUTH

We love giving our guests a reimagined experience each year. In 2022, Due South is really bringing it back home. Check out the sights, sounds, and tastes from Due South’s history. See you in April to add new memories to the vault!