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Sep
14
Thu
George McConnell & The Nonchalants live at “Down On Main” festival in Tupelo, Mississippi – September 14, 2017 @ Gateway Park
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
George McConnell & The Nonchalants live at "Down On Main" festival in Tupelo, Mississippi - September 14, 2017 @ Gateway Park

“Down on Main” is a free concert series administered by a group of forward thinking professionals with a goal to bring high quality music to people from all walks of life to enjoy, while also nurturing the artistic soul of our Tupelo Community. This vision comes with the oversight of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.

This concert series is FREE.

The committee is made up of people from all parts of the state and across the South. Once they decided to make Tupelo their home, they realized there was a void or lack of “live” music in this musically historic town, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. An event truely organized BY the community FOR the community…

It will be held at Fairpark Ampitheater in downtown Tupelo from 6:00-10:00. 

Oh…and did we mention that it’s FREE!

Soft drinks, food and beer will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed. So bring your lawn chairs and the whole family for an evening of fun, friends, good music and a great opportunity to GET DOWN ON MAIN with us! 

Sep
15
Fri
George McConnell solo acoustic show at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans – September 15, 2017 – opening for Joe Ely and Tomi Lunsford @ Chickie Wah Wah
Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
George McConnell solo acoustic show at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans - September 15, 2017 - opening for Joe Ely and Tomi Lunsford @ Chickie Wah Wah

 In the rock’n’roll era, the vast spaces of west Texas have been filled with great music.

Joe Ely stands in a tradition born out on these gritty plains.

George McConnell is an American guitarist from Vicksburg, Mississippi who played for Widespread Panic, Kudzu Kings, and Beanland. McConnell co-founded Beanland in Oxford, Mississippi in 1985 with guitarist Bill McCrory and toured extensively, mainly around the south and southwest, playing blues-oriented rock as part of the nascent early-90’s jamband renaissance. In 2002, following Widespread Panic guitarist Michael Houser’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, McConnell and saxophone player Randall Bramblett were asked to accompany Widespread Panic on the band’s summer tour. McConnell was named as the new lead guitarist in the band following Houser’s death…

Tomi Lunsford is a country-jazz singer from Nashville, Tennessee who has performed and recorded with David Olney, David Ball, Tom House, the late Steve Runkle, and the late Walter Hyatt, among others. Her career began with a band called “The Lunsfords,” headed by her father, Jim Lunsford, and two of her sisters, Nancy and Teresa Lunsford. Born in Asheville, NC.

Kudzu Kings with George McConnell on guitar at Tipitina’s in New Orleans – September 15, 2017 @ Tipitina's
Sep 15 @ 11:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 2:00 am
Kudzu Kings with George McConnell on guitar at Tipitina's in New Orleans - September 15, 2017 @ Tipitina's

– AGES 18+
– MUST HAVE VALID GOVERNMENT-ISSUED ID TO ENTER

– General Admission / Standing Room Only
** The Box Office is open 10am to 5pm Mon-Fri **
– Purchaser Must Be Present (with Valid ID & Credit Card Used to Place Order) to Claim Will Call Tickets
– Name Changes Must Be Made Before Night of Show
– No Professional Cameras or Rigs (Cameras with Removable Lenses)
– All Sales Are Final

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TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE (WILL CALL) WILL BE HELD AT THE FRONT DOOR -OR- A TABLE WILL BE SETUP ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING 30 MINUTES BEFORE DOOR TIME

Oct
7
Sat
George McConnell & The Nonchalants at the Loblolly Festival in Laurel, Mississippi – October 7, 2017 @ Loblolly Festival
Oct 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
George McConnell & The Nonchalants at the Loblolly Festival in Laurel, Mississippi - October 7, 2017 @ Loblolly Festival

There are so many reason to look forward to fall in the south… a break from summer’s temperatures, football, pumpkin spice everything, and LOBLOLLY FESTIVAL!  This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, October 7th and will feature live music, craft demonstrations, vendors and food trucks from across the south.

Let Us Entertain You!

Our music lineup offers something for everyone!

From 9:00 -10:00 a.m., Pinebelt musician and artist, Thomas Jackson, will take the stage. At 10:20 a.m.Scott Chism & the Better Half will bring their traditional country style to the stage.  You’re sure to be entertained by their blend of traditional country and hillbilly bluegrass!  During the lunchtime hours (11:55-1:00 p.m.) you’ll enjoy the unique mix of originals plus covers styled by Galen Martin & the Crutches.  Be sure to stick around for the cutting edge sounds of award-winning bluesman, Lightnin Malcolm, beginning at 1:35 p.m.  This one-man-band has rocked juke joints across the south combining elements of Funk, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, West African World Beat, Gospel and Country.  Rounding out our performers this year is southern rock guitarist, George McConnell & The Nonchalants.  You might recognize McConnell from his time as lead guitarist in the bands BeanlandKudzu Kings and Widespread Panic.  McConnell’s style blurs the lines between classic rock, jazz, soul, blues, and country, and creates a sound all his own.  With two decades of stage experience, you’re sure to be entertained by this Mississippi native!

 

Official 2017 Loblolly Festival Music Lineup

9:00 a.m. – Thomas Jackson

10:20 a.m. – Scott Chism & the Better Half

11:55 a.m. – Galen Martin & the Crutches

1:35 p.m. – Lightnin Malcolm

3:30 p.m. – George McConnell & The Nonchalants

Nov
25
Sat
George McConnell solo acoustic Saturday, November 25 at Smith’s in Corinth, Mississippi @ Smith's
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
George McConnell solo acoustic Saturday, November 25 at Smith's in Corinth, Mississippi @ Smith's

George is back this Saturday night at Smith’s in Corinth, Mississippi!

Apr
6
Fri
George McConnell solo acoustic show opening up for Drivin’ & Cryin’ April 6, 2018 @ Proud Larry's
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 6, 2017
George McConnell acoustic solo live
at Proud Larry’s in Oxford, Mississippi
Opening for Drivin’ & Cryin’

Jul
5
Thu
George McConnell Solo Acoustic show at Proud Larry’s in Oxford, Mississippi @ Proud Larry's
Jul 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

George McConnell
Solo Acoustic show
at Proud Larry’s
in Oxford, Mississippi
Thursday, July 12, 2018
7:30-9:30

Jul
12
Thu
George McConnell Solo Acoustic show at Proud Larry’s in Oxford, Mississippi @ Proud Larry's
Jul 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

George McConnell
Solo Acoustic show
at Proud Larry’s
in Oxford, Mississippi
Thursday, July 5, 2018
8:00 pm

Sep
1
Sat
George McConnell acoustic solo live at Smith’s in Corinth, Mississippi – Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 9 pm @ Smith's
Sep 1 @ 9:31 pm – 11:30 pm
George McConnell acoustic solo live at Smith's in Corinth, Mississippi - Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 9 pm @ Smith's | Corinth | Mississippi | United States

Saturday, September 1, 2018
George McConnell acoustic solo live at 
Smith’s in Corinth, Mississippi
9:00 pm

Oct
24
Wed
George McConnell Acoustic Solo live at Blue Canoe in Tupelo, Mississippi @ Blue Canoe
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
George McConnell Acoustic Solo live at Blue Canoe in Tupelo, Mississippi @ Blue Canoe

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
George McConnell acoustic solo live at 
Blue Canoe in Tupelo, Mississippi
7:30-9:30 pm