9th Annual Due South

Due South is a family-friendly music and food festival with just enough grit to make it not only palatable, but delicious. This grassroots festival highlights singer-songwriters, musicians and culinary artists whose craft aligns with the raw, Americana feel Due South has cultivated.

Since its debut in 2010, Due South has been an experience where friends can come together to celebrate a love for music and food in Thomasville’s ever-growing creative district.  This year Due South is serving up a lineup of performers and new events that is bigger and bolder than ever before.

All proceeds go to further Thomasville Center for the Arts education and outreach programs.

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Due South’s 9th season is just around the corner, and we’re hankerin’ to kick up our heels at this ‘true grit’ festival celebrating all things southern! You and your friends don’t have to travel far from home to experience the best TASTES, sights and sounds inspired by our shared heritage.

Thomasville Center for the Arts, in partnership with Thomasville National Bank, are excited to present the popular SHINDIG party and Concert in The Ritz Amphitheater located in The Bottom, Thomasville’s thriving creative district. This year’s headliner will get your boots movin’ – guaranteed! Donna the Buffalo… (herd of ‘em?) offers everything you want in a roots band — songs that matter, a groove that makes you dance, an audience that spans generations, and a musical voice that evokes a sense of community.

Sponsorship opportunities of various levels are available, and the funds raised benefit the Center for the Arts’ mission to encourage artistic expression and purposeful creativity to connect people to one another.

Don’t go cryin’ to your Mama when you can’t get a spot at the SHINDIG Party and Sponsor Lounge –s eats always sell out early when word gets out about what we’re cookin’ up. Expect the usual favorites (open bars, best brews & bites in town, preferred concert seating, and super private restrooms)… and this year a brew garden featuring local & regional flavors!

See you at the stage!

All proceeds go to further Thomasville Center for the Arts’ education and outreach programs which serve over 9,000 students annually, with 600 young creatives coming through our doors daily to receive an arts education that broadens their minds, builds confidence, and boosts their creative thinking and problem-solving skills. These skills aid our children in all aspects of life, helping to propel them towards their bright futures.


donna and the buffalo

Donna The Buffalo
8 pm

Donna the Buffalo offers everything you want in a roots band — songs that matter, a groove that makes you dance, an audience that spans generations, and a musical voice that evokes a sense of community.

Dance in the Street, their first new album in five years, captures the dynamic energy that has earned the band the love and respect of their fans, “the Herd,” for thirty years.

Donna The Buffalo is well known for their lyrics about human potential and community. Throughout Dance in the Street, Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, the band’s co-founders, share songs of social commentary and self empowerment.

brother hawk


Brother Hawk
7 pm

Formed in 2010, southern rock band Brother Hawk features four members passionate about rock ‘n’ roll: J.B. Brisendine (vocals/guitar), Nick Johns-Cooper (keys/vocals), James Fedigan (bass), and Allan Carson (drums). With incredible energy, the four piece combines their love for both classic rock legends including Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and The Allman Brothers Band with contemporary rock artists including Soundgarden and The Black Crowes.

george jackson

George Jackson
6 pm

At the heart of all traditional music lies two important coordinates, the time and place of origin; objective definitions in the ever evolving aesthetics of folk music.  These coordinates are the concepts explored with infinite new possibility by New Zealand born, American old time fiddler George Jackson on his debut album, Time and Place.  Traveling has been a way of life for Jackson, who was born to musician parents in Christchurch, New Zealand. He spent the better part of his childhood living and touring around in a house bus with his family band.  An avid student of American fiddle styles, Jackson eventually made his way to Nashville, TN where he now lives.




Saturday, April 18
6 – 11 pm

General Admission | $25
12 and under | Free

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All proceeds from Due South benefit the work of Thomasville Center for the Arts. By giving your time, you’re putting art in classrooms, on walls, and in the streets! Joining our band of happy helpers is easy. Contact us to get plugged in.