Sounds of the South music festival supports Central State Hospital

Partnering the old with the new. Students at Georgia College are hosting Sounds of the South this weekend--a music festival in downtown Milledgeville.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Partnering the old, with the new.

Students at Georgia College are hosting Sounds of the South this weekend--
a music festival in downtown Milledgeville.

Central State Hospital doesn't serve patients anymore, but one GCSU student says the new economic powerhouse--the university, can bring energy back to the old economic force--the hospital.

It's Sounds of the South.

Some sweet melodies will be floating around Milledgeville Friday and Saturday night, but that isn't that isn't the sweetest part.

Fifteen GCSU students have set up a music festival, Sounds of the South, and partnered with Central State Hospital to help the city revitalize the property.

"We have people who were born in Central State that are probably eating somewhere downtown right now," said student Gina Webber. "Central State really pulls on peoples heart strings because it's part of our foundation."

Portions of the proceeds will go toward the now-empty hospital just outside of the Milledgeville city limits.

"It's really a marriage between the community and the students working out there," said Webber.

The main hub for music will be Buffington's downtown, which will join multiple other bars to host the 25 bands playing.

It's a relationship between GCSU and Central State that Webber and student Hunter Marks embrace.

"We wanted to reach out to something beyond college students, we wanted to reach beyond our campus," said Webber.

"Central state hospital is one of Milledgeville's most historic and biggest institutions...we really wanted to take Georgia College students and say hey, this is really important," said Marks.

And that's the goal of the students.

"What they're trying to do out there is revitalize that space--you know, have start-up businesses, and you know being a community driven effort, we really wanna get local entrepreneurs back on their feet by repurposing those buildings," said Webber. "A lot of students I don't think really knew how important central state was until this."

Wristbands will be sold at the door at Buffington's tonight--$5 for one night, and $8 for the weekend.

Music starts at eight.

Saturday, the music continues with bands playing from 10 p.m. until late.

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