Festival Review: Sounds of the South 2013

The Electric Sons - Meredith LeVan

The Electric Sons – Meredith LeVan

Sounds of the South Festival closed out a second successful year a last weekend. Taking place in Milledgeville, Georgia – the location of Georgia College & State University – the festival was created as a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals by a group of students who had a close friend struggling with a serious health condition.

Dana Swimmer - Meredith LeVan

Dana Swimmer – Meredith LeVan

Over 30 artists participated in this year’s event, which took place over two days in early April. Festival co-founder Tori Maddox said of the event, “The support we received from the local community and friends was extremely crucial to this year’s success. We finished off by topping last year and we only hope to exponentially grow this event for the years to come.”

Artists ranged from rising jam-act Dank Sinatra to TBI residents sunDollars – with all of the lineup hailing from around the state.

It’s clear that Milledgeville is a town that’s tired of getting skipped on the touring circuit in Georgia. Locals mixed and mingled with college students, yet everyone was attentive & supportive of the environment that the team behind Sounds of the South is trying to cultivate. When you have a college with a student body of 6,000+ people all within a few miles, combined with a downtown with music-ready venues, you have a population that needs to be entertained – and they were!

We’re looking forward to seeing what SOTS does next – whether they’ll set up featured events throughout the year or hold a fall festival, it’s clear this organization is headed in the right direction.

WoolFolk - Meredith LeVan

WoolFolk – Meredith LeVan