Longwood Afternoon festival to be filled with music, food, fun Saturday

Published 12:15 am Friday, November 1, 2019


NATCHEZ — By the time Longwood Afternoon is over Saturday afternoon things are likely to get a little Ugly.

The New Orleans funk band Ugly with Natchez’s own Jody Stallone playing drum headlines this increasingly popular music festival.

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“We like to feature new and upcoming artists,” event organizer Lou Ellen Stout said. “That is what Natchez does — feature some the area’s best talent.”

Since it started in 2015, the festival has become a popular fall event that raises money for the preservation of the historic house Longwood.

With gates opening at 10 a.m., the event will feature five live bands, a petting zoo for children, various food vendors from around Natchez and craft vendors selling homemade wares, all on the 90-acre grounds of the antebellum house on Lower Woodville Road.

This year’s music lineup includes Natchez natives as well as artists from around the region.

The music starts at noon with the Vidalia-native band, Easily Distracted, featuring 15-year-old Tyler Gregg and 14-year-old Bryce McGlothin, both from Vidalia.

The entry fee is $10 per person. Children 12 and under get in free, Stout said.

Since the festival announced its lineup in September, organizers have added the band Dalton Wayne & the WARmadillos to the afternoon lineup.

Stout said the band has recently released a new record and has been receiving some notice in the Baton Rouge music scene.

“They are hilarious and are really fun,” Stout said. “They are going to be great.”

The Anteeks, Dalton Wayne & the WARmadillos and Magnolia Bayou will play throughout the day before the New Orleans Funk band Ugly takes the stage takes the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Stout said there might also be a few suprises Saturday afternoon.

“You never know what other Natchez musician that people love will come to play,” Stout said.