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The Amanda Cook Band, Fat Man Squeeze, more to headline Stapleton Bluegrass Festival.
Band: Stapleton Bluegrass Festival
Date: Saturday, April 6, with gates at 10 a.m.
Venue: Stapleton School, 35480 Harriot Ave. (Stapleton), bcbe.org/stapleton
Tickets: $10 ($5 for children ages 5-12), available at gate
Springtime is the best time to enjoy all the beautiful nature the Alabama Gulf Coast has to offer, along with music, and the Stapleton Bluegrass Festival is the perfect opportunity to revel in both. This annual event, which generates funds for the “academic programs of Stapleton School,” will feature family fun, food trucks and six great bluegrass acts from the greater Mobile Bay region.
Fairhope bluegrass outfit Blue Mullet will fill the air with “traditional, contemporary and gospel bluegrass.” Baldwin County bluegrass favorites The Unknown Bluegrass Band will bring decades of experience and talent to the stage, and the String Slingers will provide strong harmonies and an instrument lineup featuring traditional stringed instruments as well as accordion.
Phil & Foster’s extensive backgrounds in both Americana and bluegrass make them a natural fit in this lineup. The bad boys (and girl) of local “bargrass” band Fat Man Squeeze will bring their mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass to the stage.
The Amanda Cook Band will headline. With a father steeped in bluegrass, Amanda Cook’s entrance into the genre seemed natural. In recent years, she has recorded with Mountain Fever Records. Her latest release, “Deep Water,” features angelic vocals and poignant lyrics set to acoustic instrumentation.
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