Kassi Moe will officially get the first-ever Southbound Music Festival underway with an intimate performance at Southbound Pizza beginning at 5 p.m. this Friday, April 21. From that moment on the music will flow almost nonstop for the next 48 hours.

Kassi Moe will officially get the first-ever Southbound Music Festival underway with an intimate performance at Southbound Pizza beginning at 5 p.m. this Friday, April 21. From that moment on the music will flow almost nonstop for the next 48 hours.

Southbound Musical Festival Director John Mohead has released the full schedule for inaugural event.

Musicians will set up shop at five primary locations. They include the Malco Theater Stage at 422 Cherry St., the Crawfish Stage at the corner of Phillips and Cherry streets, the Southbound Stage at the Southbound Pizza Restaurant at 233 Cherry, the Miller Hotel Stage at 223 Cherry and Bailee Mae's Backside Club Stage at 209 Rightor.

The historic Malco Theater will serve as the primary stage of the festival. The Malco can accommodate an audience of 500.

Stephan & Stephanie will be the opening act at 5:15 p.m. Friday followed by Dallas Alice at 6:30, Adam Faucett at 7:15 and Ray Wylie Hubbard at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the Malco will be the stage for performances by Taylor Wilkerson at 3 p.m., Bryce Carlisle at 3:30, Stephen Newman at 4, Kassi Moe at 5:30, the Cerny Brothers at 6, Blue Mother Tupelo at 7 and Lee Roy Parnell at 8.

The outdoor Crawfish Stage will feature some of the same acts performing on the Malco Theater Stage plus a few local acts. At press time Friday's schedule was not set. The Saturday lineup looks like this: Dallas Alice at 11:15 a.m. followed by Adam Faucett at noon, the Dirty Rain Revelers at 12:45. Others are scheduled to be announced.

After Kassi Moe launches the festival, several other artists will grace the Southband Stage. Taylor Wilkinson and Friends are expected to perform at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday's lineup features Mulberry Jam at 11 a.m. and Stephan and Stephanie at 12:30 p.m.

The Delta Cultural Center will sponsor the Miller Hotel Stage. On tap to perform Saturday are William Staggers at 3 p.m. and Reverend John Wilkins at 4.

The back room of Bailee Mae's, a local coffee shop, will be the setting for several after hours performances beginning at 9:30 p.m. Former Allman Brothers keyboardist Johnny Neel will be the featured artist on Friday and Deep South and C.W. Gatlin will appear Saturday.

The first Southbound Music Festival has more than just music to offer. There are at least three special events on tap, all on Saturday.

A corn-hole tournament , a type of beanbag toss competition, will take place on a parking lot at 302 Cherry St. Money raised from this friendly competition will go to the Humane Society of the Delta. Teams of two compete for cash prizes. Practice begins at noon and the tournament starts at 1 p.m. A $50 entry fee is required for each team. Registration can be completed in advance by going to www.southboundmusicfestival.com/s/corn-hole-registration.pdf.

Festival attendees can partake in a crawfish boil in the 200 block of Cherry St. Three- and five-
pound plates of crawfish will be available to buy and consume while listening to live performances on the Crawfish Stage. Crawfish tables will be placed in the street.

The Kids Zone, located in the Cherry Street Pavilion,will feature bouncy-houses, slides, a dunking booth, climbing walls and more for children of all ages.

All festival scheduling is subject to last-minute change.