August 25, 2012 9:11:24 PM
The Golden Triangle is within easy traveling distance of some of the best entertainment and events in the region. Support all your community has to offer, but when you're on the road, these might pique your interest. Concerts are evening performances, unless otherwise noted. Be aware, some concert venues add "convenience fees" to ticket prices.
Aug. 30-Sept. 4 - Mississippi Jazz & Heritage Festival, Greenville, Greenwood. jazzmississippi.com.
Aug. 31 - Chicago with Kool & the Gang, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater ($60). 205-248-5280 or tuscaloosaamphitheater.com.
Sept. 7 - North Mississippi Allstars (and Missing Cats, featuring Jojo Hermann and Sherman Ewing), Lyric Theatre, Oxford ($15). 662-234-5333 or thelyricoxford.com.
Sept. 7-9 - CelticFest Mississippi (eight stages of Irish and Scottish music and dance), Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum, Jackson ($10-15). 601-366-2775 or CelticFestMS.org.
- Hummingbird Migration Celebration & Nature Festival, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, Holly Springs.
Sept. 11 - Train (with Matt Kearney, Andy Grammer), Tuscaloosa Amphitheater ($53). 205-248-5280 or tuscaloossaamphitheater.com.
- Elton John, Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson ($77-137). 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Sept. 13 - Alan Jackson, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater ($27-65). 205-248-5280 or tuscaloosaamphitheater.com.
- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Asleep at the Wheel, Riley Center, Meridian ($34-40). 601-696-2200 or msurileycenter.com.
- Emmitt-Nershi Band and Della Mae, Down on Main Concert Series, Fairpark Amphitheater, Tupelo (Free). 662-841-6598 or tupelodownonmain.com.
Sept. 14 - Kelly Clarkson (with The Fray), Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. 205-248-5280 or tuscaloosaamphitheater.com.
Sept. 15 - 35th annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival (Clarence Carter, Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Grady Champion, Homemade Jamz), Washington County Convention Center, Greenville ($25). deltablues.org.
Sept. 15-16 - Mississippi Gourd Festival (classes, demos, finished products, vendors), Smith County Agricultural Complex, Raleigh. 601-782-9444 or mississippigourdsociety.org.
Sept. 22 - Hernando de Soto Encampment (stories, demos, hands-on activities), Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266 near Tupelo); 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. 662-680-4027, 800-305-7417.