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Fondren is the place to be for a variety of musical opportunities in September. From singer-songwriter to opera, the symphony and rock ‘n roll, we’ve got you covered with a look at eight places you can lend an ear.

Fondren After 5: Throwback Thursday – September 7 • 5 p.m. • Cup’s/Hops & Habanas
The neighborhood’s monthly block party moves “under the hill” for September with Cups and Hops & Habanas playing host to “throwback Thursday.” Tabletop games, sidewalk activities an “upper and downers,” a coffee and beer pairing join a host of live musical acts. Seth Power, fresh off his Duling Hall EP release in August, is the most notable name on the bill, but the lineup is deep: you’ll also hear from Jesse Cotton Stone, Bradley Bankestar, and Chris Larkins. Best of all, the evening’s events are free.

Seth Power

Oh Jeremiah – September 7 • 8 p.m. • Duling Hall 
The singer/songwriter duo made up of Jeremiah Stricklin and his wife Erin, Oh Jeremiah is known for its harmonies in the style of early Damien Rice and their peculiar onstage banter. Their debut album, the Other End of Passing Time, is available now. Tickets for their September 7 show are available here.

Oh Jeremiah

Dent May with EL Obo and Garden Variety – September 15 • 8 p.m. • Spacecamp
Out-of-this-world entertainment makes an Earth bound pit stop middle of the month at Spacecamp with Mississippi born, Los Angeles based Dolly Parton enthusiast Dent May. The self-described hotel bar lounge singer and aspiring daytime TV talk show host – has been charming his way into the hearts of music fans since the release of his debut album The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele on Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label in 2009. May is joined on the journey by Jess Coppenbarger’s El Obo and the band Garden Variety. Tickets are available here.

Dent May. Image: Jason Frank Rothenberg

Mississippi Opera’s Cabaret Soirée – September 18 • 7:30 p.m. • Duling Hall
Soprano Amy Pfrimmer and pianist Dreux Montegut share Broadway’s vast arsenal of humor, sensuality, and yearning. The show includes songs written for stage and film by Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Weill. Get tickets at msopera.org.

Mississippi Opera

FRF’s Symphony at Sunset – September 21 • 7 p.m. • The Cedars
Join all of Fondren (or so it seems), all packed into the lawn of The Cedars (across from St. Andrew’s Lower School) to hear the full Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Yep, tubas and timpani, woodwinds and brass all join in rousing renditions of John Phillip Souza patriotic classics with a healthy dose of Star Wars and Forrest Gump mixed in. This is the 17th annual event, given as a gift to the community each year by Fondren Renaissance. That means the best part is that admission is free. (Pro tip: bring your blanket or chairs earlier in the day and stake out your spot. Bring a picnic – and your kids – but, because the crowd is so thick, there are no pets allowed.)

Conductor Crafton Beck at the 2016 Symphony at Sunset. Image: Frank Farmer

Fondren Covered – September 28 • 7 p.m. • Duling Hall
We wish we could tell you the stars themselves would make a cameo. But, you’re better off to expect the Fondren Covered band and their spot-on renditions of pop hits past, this time from Billy Joel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Hall & Oates (a favorite in this office) and Fleetwood Mac. A fundraiser for Little Lighthouse, tickets are only $20 – get them here – and well worth it considering the cause and the effort these musicians pour out for an amazing show.

The last Fondren Covered, their tenth, at Duling Hall.

The Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band – September 29 • 8 p.m. • Duling Hall
Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David Honeyboy Edwards. Hear the fruits of their study at the end of September. Tickets are available here.

Rev. Payton. Image: Tyler Zoller

Chris Knight – September 30 • 8 p.m. • Duling Hall
He’s the singer/songwriter whose work has been compared to Prine, Cash and Nebraska-era Springsteen by some the toughest music writers in America. Don’t believe it? Then you’ll have to make sure the final day of the month is blocked out for this show. Get tickets here.

Knight. Image: Cactus Records

Have we missed something? Undoubtedly. We’ve listed what we know as of August 31. As shows are added by venues throughout the month, your best bet is to catch up on our events calendar (found here).