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El Grito Latin Fest Kicks off WUSM’s Leaf River Fall Fests Series Sept. 8

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A celebration of Latin heritage will kick off WUSM-FM’s Leaf River Fall Fests series Saturday, Sept. 8 with El Grito Latin Fest from 3-9 p.m. at Hattiesburg’s Chain Park at Twin Forks, located on East 8th Avenue. Admission is free.

El Grito Latin Fest will feature The Jackson Gypsies (JGypsies Band), Salseros del Sur, and Treces del Sur, as well as Latin dance lessons from Hattiesburg’s own Rebecca Chandler. Presented by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation, WUSM's Leaf River Fall Fests are hosted by the radio station, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Communication, and the city of Hattiesburg.

The Leaf River Fall Fests are free, family-friendly events celebrating an array of music genres. The remaining Fall Fests will be held Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 13 and 27, all at Chain Park. The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a national funder of creative placemaking, empowering communities to inject new life into underused public spaces through free, outdoor concerts.  

Leaf River Fall Fest sponsors include the USM Student Government Association; USM School of Social Work; Forrest County; Pine Belt News; My FOX 23 WHPM; USM Housing and Residence Life; Southern Beverage Company; T-Bones Records & Café; Hattiesburg Coca-Cola; Hub Development LLC; Groove House; USM College of Arts and Sciences; Signs First Hattiesburg; The Shop Downtown; Historic Hattiesburg Downtown; Hattiesburg Concert Association; Ebenezer M.B. Church; BancorpSouth; Petal Area Chamber of Commerce; and Puckett Rents.

For more information, visit Learn more about the Levitt Foundation at