Founded in 2011, SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival is the first festival in the country dedicated to showcasing the best emerging and independent Southern music and art. SouthSounds is held annually on the second weekend in April in various music venues and on outdoor public stages throughout Downtown Mobile, Alabama. SouthSounds 2018 will be held on April 13-15, 2018. SouthSounds 2017 brought an estimated 7,500+ people into Downtown Mobile to watch over 84 shows in 15 different venues over a 3-day period. Musical artists spanned an array of musical genres (including Americana, indie, country, bluegrass, rock, alternative, metal, soul, funk, jazz, brass band, blues, R&B and hip-hop) and came from throughout the Southeast, with at least 9 different states being represented. SouthSounds has won the Lagniappe Weekly “Nappie Award” for “Best Local Music Festival,” has been named by Charleston City Paper as “a Southern music festival worth the road trip,” and won the 2017 International Downtown Association Certificate of Merit Award for outstanding events that improve the image and vitality of downtown areas throughout the world. SouthSounds operates as a non-profit enterprise through SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival, Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, with support from various corporate sponsors, non-profit organizations, government entities and individual donors.
- Steve Dallas