AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage
The Springs 6:45 p.m. – Nashville recording artists The Springs, originally from South Alabama, has won numerous awards including the New Music Awards “Country New Group of the Year,” and in 2011 were nominated along with Sugarland, Steel Magnolia and Lady Antebellum for the CGMA Awards “Country Group of the Year.” Their performances are a cross between Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, offering something for everyone making for a crowd pleasing good time.
Love and Theft 8 p.m. – Love and Theft may be celebrating the release of their second studio album, but to the ACM-nominated country duo, the self-titled release might as well be their first. Love and Theft is Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson’s first album since joining RCA Nashville, the home to many of their musical inspirations. The album is a mix of country melodies and sing-along choruses, all driven by Eric’s earthy voice and Stephen’s high-altitude tenor.
Hunter Hayes 9:30 p.m. – Hunter Hayes, a Louisiana native, has already had a lifetime of musical experience despite his youth. He was the CMA’s choice of best New Artist of 2012 and his song “Wanted,” is nearing Double Platinum status. The multi-talented artist also wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the Hunter Hayes album, co produced the album, sings all of the vocals and plays all of the 30-some instruments heard on the record.
Gary Allan 11:15 p.m. – Garry Allan’s signature sound can be described as “country rock.” His number 1 hits include: “Nothing On But The Radio” and “Watching Airplanes.” Allan’s latest hit, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” has soared to the top of the country music charts. Allan, from Southern California, has obtained seven gold albums throughout his 17-year recording career, and three of those certified platinum. His recent album, “Set You Free,” is a lyrical journey from darkness to light, reflecting the progression of Allan’s own life as an adult, the restoration of his voice (after the removal of a polyp in his vocal cords), the renewed energy from working with new songwriting partners and the challenge of producing his own track and playing his own lead guitar. (Courtesy of artist’s website)
Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage
Roxy Roca 6:45 p.m. – Austin, Texas-based ROXY ROCA gets it done with a powerful, soulful sound inspired by the great soul and funk pioneers of the 60s. We call it Dynamite Texas Soul. It’ll make you want to get up out of your chair. ROXY ROCA is currently wrapping up production on their new record, recorded at EAR Studio in Austin with producer Lars Goransson at the helm.
Tucka 8 p.m. – The “King of Swing,” Tucka has released three albums and just released his latest single, “Love Train.” He is influenced by some of the R&B and Soul Greats such as Otis Redding, R. Kelly, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and more, but raised on the sounds from his southwest Louisiana roots. Tucka has been winning over his fans with his signature sound. After getting started with Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band in 2007, Tucka went on to release his first R&B Swing Out debut single “Young Man” in 2008. (Courtesy of artist’s website)
Tamia 9:30 p.m. – Soul singer and six-time Grammy nominated performer Tamia Hill began honing her stellar voice when she was still a child growing up in Canada. From her brilliant debut single “You Put a Move on My Heart,” produced by Quincy Jones in 1994, to her more recent song cycle, Tamia possesses both a hypnotic charm and timeless voice.
Anthony Hamilton 11 p.m. – The Grammy Award winner’s arresting voice—a favorite staple on the scene since 2003—recently hailed at number one for four weeks on Billboard’s Urban Adult Contemporary chart with his soul-stirring single, “Pray For Me.” Recently achieving platinum status in South Africa, the Back To Love album marks Hamilton’s first album with the newly restructured RCA Records and signals the eagerly anticipated next chapter in the multi-talented singer/songwriter’s evolving career. A couple of the songs included in Back to Love are the OutKast-influenced “Sucka For You” and “Best of Me.” Hamilton won his first Grammy Award in 2009 for his collaboration on Al Green’s “You Got the Love I Need.”
Redlight King 6:45 p.m. – Redlight King is the songwriting project of Mark Kasprzyk, whose music combines rock with hip-hop samples. Kasprzyk, better known by his stage name Kazzer, is lead vocalist and lyricist for Redlight King and will bring his unique style to BayFest for the first time this year. Redlight King is known for the song “Pedal to the Metal.”
Beyond Me 8 p.m. – The band is composed of a group of evolving, talented and energetic musicians whose dedication to music springs from their individual and collective passions for the art form. Their journey culminated in the production of a musical expression that resonates and leaves an indelible imprint. After a few EP’s and touring constantly, Beyond Me was contacted by producer David Adam Monroe to record at Time Bomb Studio in Boston. The producer has worked with prominent industry artists such as Pink, Will Smith and Jessica Simpson. With perseverance and dedication as the band’s guiding principles, Beyond Me has evolved exponentially. The result is the creation of a refreshing new sound that is contagious.
Sick Puppies 9:15 p.m. –The trio recently released their third album “Connect,” which is fitting because the Sick Puppies is all about connections with their fans, each other and their own psyches. Connect includes room-filling rockers and edgy yet poignant lyrics. The L.A.-based, Australian-bred band struck an elusive musical and lyrical balance of past and future on Connect. (Courtesy of artist’s website)
Three Days Grace 11 p.m. – A decade into the celebrated group’s storied career, this multi-platinum selling Canadian band released its fourth record, Transit of Venus. The group’s second album, One-X, established Three Days Grace as one of the most formidable rock acts in music. Multiple hit singles and millions in album sales followed and by the time their third album, 2009s Life Starts Now, came out they were bona fide stars. The new album Transit of Venus is a genuine evolution. With its epic heaviness and lyrical density the record is instantly recognizable as Three Days Grace, but has a new richness and intricacy.
Jon Miller Band 7:30 p.m. – Over the last seventeen years, Jon Miller has been steadily promoting his unique style of upbeat country music. In 2008, Jon had his first chart success with “Choice,” which was nominated for Song of the Year in the Inspirational Country Music Awards.
Phunk Blue Moon 8:45 p.m. – Phunk Blue Moon was born from the need to inject color into the black and white world of jam cover bands. Their sound is a combination of driving riffs, super phunk grooves and of course, classic hip hop. With songs like, “Monument,” and “Lordz Of The Party,” this band will be sure to have you up on your feet.
Ground Level Fall 10:30 p.m. – The band Ground Level Fall is said to resemble the sounds of The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Phish and Led Zeppelin. The group’s songs include “Poison Oak,” “Borrowed Dreams,” and “Star Light.” They have become a local favorite, having performed at intimate venues such as at Windmill Market in Fairhope, Ala. (Courtesy of the artist’s website)
Erica Washington 6:45 p.m. – Mobile-based gospel singer kicks off Friday’s Gospel Stage performances.
Freewater Baptist Choir 7:25 p.m. – Irvington, Ala.’s Freewater Baptist Church Choir
Wayne Dickens 8:05 p.m. –Wayne Dickens provides the inspiration of hip-hop and the soul of gospel masterfully painted on a jazz canvas with sounds that touch the spirit like vibrant colors splashed on the canvas of the soul. Harmonic notes played in sequence telling a story of faith, redemption, love and praise. This is the movement, and it’s marshal is saxophonist Pastor Wayne Dickens.
Darrell Luster 9:05 p.m. –Darrell Luster is a very energetic Southern Gospel singer with a great anointing.
Excelsior Band 6:30 p.m. – The Excelsior Band is a ten piece marching brass band that performs regularly along the Gulf Coast. They are recognized for providing the unique sounds associated with the carnival season. The members of the group come from diverse occupational background but combine to bring the seasonal feel to the streets of Mobile, AL.
Capt. Green 8 p.m. – Born in the muddy waters of south Louisiana, the boys of Captain Green takes electric jazz to a whole new level. The group was formed to bring a high-energy mix of funk, jazz, and fusion to the music scene and performs original music including songs from their debut album, “Everywhere is Where It’s At.”
Dennis “Finger Roll” Nelson 9:30 p.m. – BayFest veteran performer closes out the Jazz Tent on Friday.