Due South will be a special evening of art and food, as well as great entertainment, provided by El Dorado’s own Emily Cole and Matt Benson. The two have been playing together for a few months and are wowing fans at performances at PJ’s and Downstairs Pub in El Dorado and also at Postmaster’s Grill in Camden. “We play blues, classic rock and some new stuff as well, “ said Cole.

Cole is no stranger to the stage at SAAC, playing Fantine in “Les Miserables”, Dolly Parton in “Nine To Five”, and most recently as Maggie Saunders in the hilarious “Lend Me A Tenor”. “I always have such a fun time in shows at SAAC and the best feeling in the world is feeling your audience’s reactions with you. It’s incredible!”

Singing since she was a child in church, Cole has been influenced by such great singers as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, and knew she could emulate their sound with hard work and many hours of practice, along with having a heart and passion for music.

Matt Benson, an El Dorado native, grew up listening to Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles, which inspired him to pick up the guitar many years ago. He has been playing for 20 years and is currently the guitarist and singer for the local band, Age of Man. “We are so excited about playing at SAAC’s Due South! We love seeing new and familiar faces at our shows and can’t wait to play music for everyone,” Benson said.