HATTIESBURG, MS: As a special opening-night event for Festival South in Hattiesburg, country music legend and nine-time CMA Award winner Mac McAnally returns to Hattiesburg to wrap up his tour of Mississippi. The tour is promoting Extra Table, a non-profit organization with the purpose of delivering new and healthy food to those who need it most throughout Mississippi.

McAnally will join the Festival South Orchestra, directed by Jay Dean, and members of the Coral Reefer Band for a live performance of their award-winning CD, Southbound. The concert will be held in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.

The entire amount of the ticket sales will go to support the mission of Extra Table, bringing healthy food to hungry neighbors. “In this state, there are currently over 655,000 citizens –217,000 of whom are children — who do not have access to the nutritious food they need,” said Martha Allen, executive director of Extra Table. “Most of these food-insecure individuals heavily depend on food pantries and soup kitchens to bridge the gaps between meals. Most food pantries and soup kitchens rely heavily on volunteer food drive to stock their shelves, but are often flooded with foods that are unhealthy, out-of-date or unusable. Even more unfortunately and all-too-often, these feeding agencies run out of food before everyone in need can be fed. It’s for that reason we are raising funds to support our cause, and we can’t think of a better way than with an evening of wonderful music.”

Allen says the concert will pull in the “parrot head crew” who love the music of Jimmy Buffett and fans of McAnally’s alike. General admission tickets are $35, and VIP tickets which include a meet and greet with McAnally prior to the concert are $75. Tickets can be purchased online at www.festivalsouth.org. For more information, call the Extra Table office at 601-44-4667.