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Southern Miss 2016 Jazz and Blues Festival is Saturday

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 The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Jazz and Blues Festival features music, food as well as arts and crafts under the oaks of the Long Beach campus.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/FILe The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Jazz and Blues Festival features music, food as well as arts and crafts under the oaks of the Long Beach campus. TIM ISBELL

New Orleans brass band, the Stooges, will headline Saturday's 2016 Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on the south lawn of the university's Gulf Park campus, 730 East Beach Boulevard in Long Beach.

The Stooges Brass Band, known for belting out true New Orleans spirit, play a blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.

The free family-friendly event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and also will feature an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. for children ages 12 and under, and throughout the day, children and families also can visit with the Easter Bunny and Southern Miss mascot Seymour.

In addition to the jazz and blues musicians, arts and crafts vendors and food vendors will also be set up throughout the festival grounds, festival T-shirts and posters will be available for purchase during the event, and there will be plenty of children's activities, such as carnival games, face-painting and bounce-houses.

"The Jazz and Blues Festival is our largest annual event on the Gulf Park campus, and we look forward to hosting our community and neighbors at this year's festival," said Steve Miller, Ph.D, vice president for the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus. "Guests will have an opportunity to partake in various activities throughout the day, experience great music and enjoy our beautiful beachfront campus in Long Beach."

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