August’s arrival will have Gulf Coast residents complaining about the heat nonstop. But the announcement of the musical line-ups at two area festivals should have locals contemplating a taste of cooler weather to come.
First, the Wash Hole Jam returns to O’Bannon Park in Brewton on Saturday, Sept. 5. This year’s installment will feature country superstar Easton Corbin. In 2010, Corbin released his self-titled debut, which shot up to number four on the U.S. country chart. This album spawned hits such as “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll With It.” Corbin will arrive in Brewton to perform tracks from his latest effort, “About to Get Real,” which hit the number-one spot on the country chart.
Before Corbin takes the stage, members of local supergroup Willie Sugarcapps will perform individually and collectively. Music fans will be treated to sets from Grayson Capps, Will Kimbrough and Sugarcane Jane, respectively, followed by Willie Sugarcapps. Advance tickets are available now through Brown Paper Tickets.
The annual National Shrimp Festival (Oct. 8-11) always brings a multitude of locals and tourists alike to the Alabama Gulf Coast. In addition to arts, crafts and (of course) seafood, this free festival also features a plethora of musical entertainment from across the Southeast. The 44th annual festival will once again feature two big stages featuring many local favorites. The music starts Thursday and rolls steadily until the festival ends on Sunday.
The East and West Stages will feature performances from The Tip Tops, Dale Drinkard Jr., Brent Burns, Cary Laine, Holli Mosely, Lisa Christian, The Sand Band, Jonesy’s Crowned Jewels Band, Ryan Balthrop, Betsy Badwater, Underhill Family Orchestra, Adam Holt, Gregg Fells, The Velcro Pygmies, Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, Lee Yankie & the Hellz Yeah, Les Hall, Top Hat & Jackie, Lisa Mills, Mr. X and many more. This festival literally draws thousands, and parking can be tricky. However, a number of shuttles will be routing festival-goers throughout the day.