Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out bring bluegrass sound to Springfield
Springfield is well known throughout South Georgia as a very small town. The most recent census clocks the little city as having a population of no more than 2,800 people. Yet despite its size, Springfield has a true hidden gem in the recently re-opened Mars Theatre. The space opened in 1945, but as television became a staple in American homes, declining audiences led to the closure of the Mars in 1957. The city of Springfield launched an effort to restore the Mars Theatre to its former glory, a project spearheaded by Tommy Deadwyler, director of cultural affairs for the city of Springfield.
Springfield and the Mars get statewide attention
A year after the newly renovated Mars Theatre opened, Springfield is one of seven cities getting statewide attention for using the arts to revitalize downtown. Springfield was featured in a report by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts, along with Athens, Blue Ridge, Clarkston, Duluth, Hapeville and Thomasville.
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale hits Mars Theatre
With 26 studio albums to his credit, Jim Lauderdale can choose from a huge selection of music when he performs. The multiple Grammy and Americana Music Association award-winning singer/songwriter will appear June 27 at Mars Theatre in Springfield. Opening for Lauderdale will be The Accomplices, a Lowcountry string band from Savannah.
Visitors from across the state to descend on Mars
The Mars Theatre is preparing to welcome visitors from around the state. Approximately 100 officials from across Georgia will descend on Springfield’s Mars as part of a Georgia Municipal Association field trip. The GMA, the organization that represents and lobbies on behalf of the state’s nearly 500 cities and towns, will gather at Savannah’s International Trade and Convention Center for its annual convention June 26-30.
Dr. Ralph Stanley @The Mars Theatre
It’s largely thanks to him that bluegrass is alive and well and continuing to be re-envisioned.